Premier League footballers to get two-week mid-season break

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This would mean that during the break, there would be five games on one weekend, and five on the next.

Another change is that The FA Cup fifth round games will move to mid-week, with no replays.

In addition they will have to be played to achieve a result with no possibility of a replay as was the case before.

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".

"Today's announcement proves that football can come together for the good of the game,"Glenn added. We have also found a way to give the players a much needed mid-season break, whilst keeping the much-loved Christmas schedule in place".

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Richard Scudamore added: 'When the Premier League was formed in 1992 nobody could have envisaged the scale of worldwide growth in the competition which exists now.

According to BBC Sport, the break which was agreed upon on Friday, will be staggered across two weeks, with five matches on the first weekend and five the following weekend.

With the Premier League transfer window closing on August 9, the deals kicked off early and already 280 million euros has been plundered in what could be another record year of spending.

All three divisions of the Football League - the EFL - remain unchanged with full programmes of matches and, significantly, it will be written into the Premier League rulebook that clubs can not fly off for lucrative exhibition matches during their break.

It was a busy January transfer window in the Premier League as most of the top teams brought in significant reinforcements for the second half of the season. Drawn matches at 90 minutes will go to extra-time and penalties.

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