Much has been said about the recent fixture pile up, and how British football does not have a winter break but instead a huge amount of fixtures with just days between them.
In this post I’m going to highlight some of the the pro’s and con’s of a winter break and how it could be implemented into British football.
- Players can rest injuries and freshen up, allowing both player and team to maximise their performance.
- Teams can have more time together to train, visit training camps or work on tactics.
- Bad weather could be managed better, with groundsman being able to work on pitches.
- Fixtures would be be spread across a greater time
- Smaller clubs may lose points, the stronger teams would be allowed to regroup decreasing the chance of an upset.
- Fans would have nothing to watch!
so how could a break be introduced? Personally I’d only have 2 weeks maximum, some leagues have more but 14 days is enough in my opinion.
As I see it there’s a few options that could allow for a break:
- Move international friendlies – These annoying international breaks are a real hindrance, they take momentum away from teams, injure and fatigue players. Qualifiers are of course necessary but friendlies dotted around have little benefit to international teams. If these friendlies we’re instead played in succession at the end of the season it would allow the international squads more time together, and provide great practice heading into summer tournaments. A player may star in a January friendly, but would he be fit and available come the summer?
- Extend the season – A dip into the summer break may prove a solution, this may affect summer international tournament though.
After that I can’t think of too many options, you may have some answers though?
Personally I like the idea, as a fan it would be great to stop for a couple of weeks in January, enjoy the transfer window and get excited about the second part of the season. Managers and players would relish the opportunity to assess and improve. It would also help Englands declining representation in European football and may even attract new players to the league.
Could it be done? I don’t know, sadly there’s too much TV money at stake and such a big change would have many obstacles.
Please share your thoughts below on if and how this could be implemented.