The Premier League introduced a “winter break” for the 2019-20 season. But how did it work, and is it happening for the 2021-22 season? Here’s an attempt to explain.
First of all: No, there is no Winter Break in the 2021-22 Premier League Season.
Last season got shortened by the pandemic, so the winter break was lost. This season is also a little compressed, so look for the Premier League winter break to come back in the 2022-23 season. Here’s the whole 2021-22 Premier League schedule.
What is (was) the Premier League Winter Break?
Many European leagues, especially in the northern part of the continent, take a break in the winter. And for obvious reason: try playing outside in Germany in January.
English clubs have long argued that their clubs suffer in European competitions because of this, so they have wanted a winter break for years. The players, in particular, really want a break after the famously congested “festive season,” which this year sees Premier League games on December 21, December, 26, December 28, and January 1, and then FA Cup games on January 4.
So the powers that be relented and created a winter break for the Premier League — sort of. For one season so far.
In 2019-20, there wasn’t a full winter break during the Premier League season, but everybody got a week off in February.
How did that work? Simple. Half the league played the weekend of February 8, and the other half on the weekend of February 15.
There’s your Premier League “winter break,” during which there were still games every weekend!