The dates for this season’s midseason break in the Premier League is set to be announced no later than December 20.
In June 2018, the FA approved to include a two-week break for clubs in the Premier League which follows similar hiatuses which take place in other European leagues such as the Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1.
For the first time in the Premier League’s history, clubs will have a two week break.
It is expected that matchday 26 will be split across two weekends in February (7-10 & 14-17) but due to the knockout draws for the Champions League and Europa League taking place on December 16, Premier League officials must wait until then at least to confirm the fixtures for February.
A Premier League statement read:
“Due to Premier League teams progressing to the knockout stages of UEFA club competitions, fixture amendments for the month of February will now be released no later than Friday 20 December.
“This will allow the League to take into account the outcome of UEFA’s knockout draws, before allocating Premier League fixtures accordingly within the mid-season player break.
“The draws for the UEFA Champions League round of 16 and UEFA Europa League round of 32 will be conducted on Monday 16 December.
“The mid-season player break will have the 10 fixtures of Matchweek 26, split across the two weekends of 7-10 February and 14-17 February, 2020.
“The break was introduced in June 2018 after positive discussions with The FA and the EFL regarding the football calendar.”