When are the international breaks during this English soccer season — times when the Premier League clubs don’t play?

Old Trafford will be empty for several weekends this season.

First, what on Earth is an international break? Simple: It’s a time when all the top leagues around Europe take a weekend off so that players can play for their national teams. Could be World Cup qualifying, Euros qualifying, or just some friendlies, but the Premier League won’t play for a week while a couple of rounds of internationals happen. Often the Championship takes the same time off.

The lower leagues — in England that means Leagues One and Two — will play as normal. And if you’re wondering what all this multiple-league stuff is about, here is a guide to the leagues and cups of English soccer.

International (and Other) Breaks, 2018-19 Season

On these weekends, there will be no Premier League games in England:

  • September 8, 2018
  • October 13, 2018
  • November 17, 2018
  • January 5, 2019 (actually for the FA Cup, so Premier League teams will be playing in that.)
  • January 26, 2019 (FA Cup)
  • February 16, 2019 (FA Cup)
  • March 23, 2019
  • May 12 — last day of the Premier League season, so no more games after that until August.

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