Premier League Winter Break

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  1. Feb 27, 2018
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    saivet Full Member

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    Surprised there's not a thread on this already.


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    AlwaysRed66 Full Member

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    What a load of rubbish if true. I have serious doubts about a winter break improving anything, but if there is going to be one taking it in January would be the answer, instead of a couple of weeks in Feb. As for the nonsense about removing replays from 5th round & playing them in midweek. It seems to be the constant idea from the powers to be to keep diluting the FA Cup until it is irrelevant. Not any care for the small clubs, always to the rich & powerful. Harking back to the Feb mini break. Isn't this what WBA were on when their players were borrowing a taxi in the early hours. Obviously the rest did them good.
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    SirAF Ageist

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    It would have made more sense to have the break at th beginning of January, but I’ll take this! It’s far far overdue.
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    KM I’m afraid I just blue myself Staff

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    I bet all the clubs go to mini tours to China, USA or Mid eastern countries for extra money during this period.
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    Keeps It tidy Hates Messi

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    It will only be 13 days.
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    Samid follows Pogue around, fixing his images

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    Scrap the double legged LC semis and all FA cup replays.

    Then divide the league in two random groups of 10 teams in the middle of January.

    Group A: Play in week 1, break in week 2.
    Group B: Break in week 1, play in week 2.

    So both groups get a full weekend off (14 days between games). The break doesn't feel that long because it isn't simultaneously for all teams.

    The TV companies probably won't like games being scrapped. To make up for it I'd take two games from the 3pm kick offs and put them on certain Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Not ideal for fans but they could reduce the travelling impact by having local games that aren't big rivalries (United-Burnley, Arsenal-Palace, West Ham-Watford etc).
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    Classical Mechanic Full Member

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    Excellent, right before the CL resumes too. About time the league started helping the PL clubs in that regard.
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    SadlerMUFC Full Member

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    Just scrap the League Cup (can't keep up with what it's called these day) and the problem is solved
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    londonredmaniac I suffer delusions of grandeur

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    Don't think I'd be in favour of that. Most teams don't play a first choice side anyway until the latter stages. If happily scrap the two leg semi final. But you're only losing one game.
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    golden_blunder Site admin. Manchester United fan Staff

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    I agree in principle to a break but it’s unfair on smaller teams who take the bigger teams to replay and get more gate money - money which can in some cases mean survival for the club
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    Revan Assumptionman

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    Excellent idea IMO. With EPL clubs becoming better, this might actually even help them in Europe. For once, EPL takes the interest of the big clubs and help them.
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    Revan Assumptionman

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    Fair point, but it could be easily fixed by making the home team whichever team is lower in the hierarchy (random if both teams play in the same league).
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    DWelbz19 Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    I thought the problem was the 10 odd games players are hurled into during the festive season. A break in February seems a bit pointless.
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    Keeps It tidy Hates Messi

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    Because they definitely need more help.
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    Paul_Scholes18 Full Member

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    Don't think it is needed. Teams rotate anyway a bit and so this will not help or change much.
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    Revan Assumptionman

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    Of course they do. How many times we have heard that EPL teams suck in Europe cause they don't have a winter break?!
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    golden_blunder Site admin. Manchester United fan Staff

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    What has been needed for years is the flexibity in scheduling- both from the PL and tv companies. Too many games are scheduled 2 days before or after a CL tie. It’s not right to punish those teams trying to promote the English game.
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    Keeps It tidy Hates Messi

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    They are doing fine this season maybe lack of winter break was not the issue.
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    Trizy Full Member

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    Wouldn't it make more sense to reduce the Christmas periods? Or at least have the break right after the busy fixtures.
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    charlenefan Far less insightful than the other Charley

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    Not massively a fan of 5 games 1 week and 5 another but it's a step in the right direction
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    Dennis Viollet New Member

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    excellent idea.
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    Can't you just see the FA inserting another meaningless England friendly within this period. Hey they've got chairmen to pay.
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    Nedved Full Member

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    Yeah, I’ll never forget how this was used as an argument when Juve defeated City home and away in the CL. Before Christmas. :lol:
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    You will still get replays for smaller clubs in 3rd and 4th round....for now.

    Rochdale getting a draw to Spurs is quite rare and I'm sure they've made decent money anyway from getting to the fifth round.

    Anyway I support a winter break but agree the timing of it is a bit odd, would've been better early January so gives all teams a breather after the xmas period.
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    el3mel Full Member

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    Finally. Great decisions.
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    pascell Full Member

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    I think they've been clever to put it in February. If they'd have put it when Spanish/French/German teams have their winter break, those teams would then probably take part in some form of Elite Super League knockout tournament.
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    Liver_bird Full Member

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    Don't really understand the timing.
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    Phil Full Member

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    I love that it's in February and not over Christmas/New Years where there's feck all else to do
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    AlwaysRed66 Full Member

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    If we got rid of all the tedious National friendly games there would be tons of space to take a rest. Must take over a month each season.
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    RedRom "Where's Lingard?"

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    How does this fit into when the Qatar World Cup comes round?
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    acnumber9 Full Member

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    That wouldn’t help. The small teams get more money from playing away to big teams usually.
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    cyril C Full Member

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    Enough time to play 4 friendlies in 3 cities.

    BTW, I guess they are not going to cancel those 4 games in 9 days routine during Xmas/NY?
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    rcoobc Not as crap as eferyone thinks

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    I've always thought they should do something like that. Divide the Prem into two groups of 10 teams during that period

    Weekend 20 - Groups A (10) and B (10) play
    Weekend 21 - Group A (10) plays
    Weekend 22 - Group B (10) plays
    Weekend 23 - Groups A and B play

    Everyone get's a 13 day break and there are no gaps in the football calendar.

    The bit about the FA Cup 5th round being mid-week is crap though
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    Revan Assumptionman

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    Then do it the other way around. Or better, get extra 1% of EPL TV rights and send to the other leagues.
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    Not being reported on BBC?
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    Nate Dogg Don't Make Me Angry

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    Long overdue and will bring us in line with rest of europe.
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    RedStarUnited Full Member

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    How is this excelent in regards to CL? If it happened this year, Tottenham would have gone in to their game with Juve after not playing a competitive game in 2 weeks.
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    Classical Mechanic Full Member

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    2 weeks rest won’t make you fall off the edge of a cliff, at that stage of the season it will be a welcome break. In the past the FA have refused to let teams move their Sunday fixtures to Saturday when they have a CL game in the week.
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    Stookie Nurse bell end

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    One thing is for sure, a break will make no difference to the National team. They’ll still be shite...except now they’ll be shite without the excuse of not having a winter break and being overplayed.
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    Damien Self-Aware RedCafe Database (and Admin) Staff

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