June 8, 2018 / 12:05 PM / in 5 months

Soccer: FA confirms two-week winter break for English soccer

(Reuters) - The English FA, Premier League and English Football League announced on Friday that they would implement a two-week, mid-season break in February from the 2019-20 season onwards.

Premier League matches will still be played every weekend over the period, the FA said in a statement here, with five games being held on the first weekend and five on the second.

As a result, FA Cup fifth-round matches will be moved to mid-week and fifth-round replays will be replaced by games which end in a draw going to extra-time and penalties.

The introduction of a winter break brings the English fixture calendar more in line with the top leagues in Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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