The Premier League has a new “winter break” for the 2019-20 season. But how will it work? Here’s an attempt to explain.
Many European leagues, especially in the northern part of the continent, take a break in the winter. And for obvious reason: try playing outside in Germany in January.
English clubs have long argued that their clubs suffer in European competitions because of this, so they have wanted a winter break for years. The players, in particular, really want a break after the famously congested “festive season,” which this year sees Premier League games on December 21, December, 26, December 28, and January 1, and then FA Cup games on January 4.
So now the powers that be have relented and created a winter break for the Premier League — sort of.
There won’t be a full break during the Premier League season, but everybody will get a week off in February.
How does that work? Simple. Right now the schedule says everybody is playing the weekend of February 8, and nobody is playing the weekend of February 15. But both of those will change.
Throughout the season, the TV networks change the day and time of kickoffs from Saturday at 3 pm to other times that weekend. Here is the schedule for when that happens. This year, when the February games are changed for broadcast on December 21, half the Premier League games will be moved to the weekend of February 15.
So half the league gets February 8 off, and half gets February 15 off. Nice and simple, eh? There’s your Premier League “winter break,” during which there will still be games every weekend!