A new mid-season break for teams and players, which will start from the 2019/20 season, has been announced by the FA, Premier League and EFL yesterday.
An official statement published on their official website read: “The two-week mid-season player break will take place in February and would be structured to ensure that Premier League matches would still be played every weekend over that period.
Each weekend during the break will feature five Premier League games on the first weekend and five on the following weekend.
To incorporate this, The FA has agreed to move the Emirates FA Cup fifth round matches to midweek. In addition, from the start of the 2019-20 season, fifth round replays will be removed from the calendar, being replaced with extra-time and penalties in the first tie.
All three divisions within the EFL will remain unchanged, with a full League programme for all 72 EFL Clubs taking place on each of the weekends where there is a break.
In January 2018, The FA confirmed that it would more than double the Emirates FA Cup prize fund from the 2018-19 season. This substantial increase on prize money will benefit all participating clubs at every stage of the world’s oldest domestic cup competition”.