Premier League: FA will BLOCK attempts to play postponed top-flight games during the winter break

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The FA will BLOCK attempts to play postponed Premier League games during the winter break… with the governing body keen to reintroduce the hiatus after it was scrapped last year due to fixture pile-up

  • Premier League teams won’t be able to play postponed games in winter break  
  • The FA is adamant the hiatus will be respected after being scrapped last year 
  • The governing body has already scrapped FA Cup replays to free up more days
  • Premier League has no current plans to use winter break to clear the backlog  


The FA will block any attempts to reschedule postponed Premier League games during this month’s winter break.

The governing body were forced to scrap the break last year due to the compressed fixture list but fought hard for it to be re-introduced this season. As a result, there are no top-flight matches scheduled to take place between January 23 and February 7. 

The postponement of 19 Premier League matches over the last month due to Covid outbreaks means some clubs now have multiple games in hand on their rivals. 

The FA will not allow Premier League teams to play postponed games during the winter break

The FA will not allow Premier League teams to play postponed games during the winter break

The blank weekend on January 29-30 would be an obvious time on which to play, but the FA are reluctant to give ground as they want England’s players to be rested ahead of next winter’s World Cup in Qatar.

FA sources have pointed out that they have already shown flexibility by scrapping FA Cup third and fourth-round replays for the second successive season to free up two midweek dates.

The governing body is keen for the hiatus - from January 23 to Feburary 7 - to be respected

The governing body is keen for the hiatus – from January 23 to Feburary 7 – to be respected

The Premier League have no plans to use the winter break to clear the fixture backlog, but that could change if more games are postponed — or if some of this weekend’s FA Cup third-round ties are called off. 

Four Premier League games have now been rearranged for the midweek nights of January 18 and 19. 

But the FA have a prior claim on those dates if third-round matches are called off, so some may have to be moved again.

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