No winter break in English Premiership next season
There will be no winter break in the English Premier League for the 2020/21 season because of fixture congestion as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the FA has announced.
The winter break was introduced last season in the EPL where each team had one weekend and one full midweek off in February.
However, that has been scrapped as the upcoming season will be five weeks shorter than a standard season because of the late end to the 2019-20 campaign.
The Football Association said when the winter break was introduced last season that “it would "greatly benefit club and country" before England's Euro 2020 campaign.
But the European championship tournament was postponed until 2021 because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Any hope of a similar break before the rescheduled Euros has been wrecked by the need to factor in three domestic competitions - plus European club and international competitions - into the reduced upcoming season.
Also, FA Cup replays for the 2020-21 season have been scrapped and the Carabao Cup semi-finals have reduced to one leg, the FA also announced.
The best the Premier League have been able to do is split the 18th round of matches across two midweeks - 13 and 20 January.
However, a full set of additional fixtures is being played on 16 January and the spare midweek each club will get may have to be used to fit in fixtures postponed because of clashes with the domestic cup competitions, including the FA Cup fourth round on 23 January.
A full round of fixtures has also been scheduled for FA Cup final weekend - 15-16 May - for the first time since 2013.
The Premier League will release its fixtures next week, although both Manchester clubs will be given a delayed start to the season after reaching their respective European semi-finals.