Premier League to introduce winter break from 2019/20 season, the FA confirm

Five matches will be played one weekend with the second batch of five the following weekend

However, whilst the elite players in the Premier League can look forward to one weekend off there will be no such respite for those in the lower divisions in terms of the league programme.

There will be a winter break for Premier League clubs in February starting from the 2019-20 season, it has been confirmed.

The FA Cup fifth round will now move to midweek to accommodate the change and replays will be abolished in that round, having already been scrapped in the quarterfinals from this season.

Amazon will broadcast live Premier League matches and weekly highlights packages in the United Kingdom from the 2019-20 season, the tech giant has confirmed, while English top-flight clubs have agreed for any reform of broadcast revenue distribution to take league position into account.

"This is not seen to be a way and won't be [of making money]", said Martin Glenn, the chief executive of the Football Association.

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"Today's announcement proves that football can come together for the good of the game,"Glenn added".

The deal will also add to the rich legacy which Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore will leave when he steps down later this year after almost two decades in charge, first as chief executive and then in his present role since 2014.

"At the same time we must acknowledge that fixture congestion remains a challenge and with a 46-game season to complete, plus the play-offs inside a 10-month period, it is now impractical even if it was desirable for the EFL to introduce a similar break in our competitions. As we head into summer global tournaments in the future we are sure that this midseason break will prove to be a valuable addition for our players".

The other unsold package of 20 games was bought by BT Sport for £90m. Drawn matches at 90 minutes will go to extra-time and penalties.

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