Premier League clubs will finally have a winter break after it was introduced to the calendar as from the 2019/20 season.
The winter break is in February and it will be staggered across two weeks, with five matches per weekend.
The fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup will be moved to midweek so as to accommodate the break, with replays being scrapped at that stage.
According to the Football Association, the introduction of winter break could be described as “a significant moment for English football” that “will greatly benefit club and country”.
On the latest development, FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: “It’s no secret that we have a very congested fixture calendar and over recent years we have been working with the whole game to find a solution.”
“As we head into summer international tournaments in the future we are sure that this mid-season break will prove to be a valuable addition for our players.” he further stated.
Despite the introduction of winter break, all three divisions of the English Football League (EFL) will remain unchanged, with a full programme of fixtures scheduled to take place for each weekend within the winter break time.