Revealed: Everything you need to know as Newcastle United's Premier League winter break date is confirmed

Newcastle United’s Premier League winter break date has been confirmed following the latest batch of televised fixtures for February.

Friday, 20th December 2019, 2:21 pm
Updated Friday, 20th December 2019, 2:21 pm
Newcastle United's Premier League winter break date has been confirmed
Newcastle United's Premier League winter break date has been confirmed

There is plenty for supporters to get their heads around – so here is everything you need to know about the upcoming break:

When is Newcastle's winter break pencilled in?

The concept starts in February 2020 and will be trialled for the three-years covering the new broadcasting rights deal.

Ten teams will be playing the first weekend and the other 10 teams will be playing the following weekend, which will allow all clubs to have a 14-day break from football.

Steve Bruce's side will have a free weekend commencing Saturday, February 8 before returning to Premier League action on Sunday, February 16 against Arsenal, live on Sky Sports.

That means the home clash against Norwich City on Saturday, February 1 will be the Magpies last league game for two weeks.

Will clubs be able to go on tour as they do during the summer break?

No, Bruce’s men will not be allowed to use the break to go on money-making tours around the world.

Clubs will, however, be able to attend warm weather training camps.

Will the winter break affect clubs in the EFL?

The move will only affect Premier League clubs with the Football League’s schedule remaining as it is.

Former EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey revealed why the Football League were not involved in the new winter break.

He said: “It is currently impractical even if it was desirable for the EFL to introduce a similar break in our competitions. We will look to showcase the Sky Bet EFL during the two‑week period.”

Will there still be a Premier League festive schedule?

The Premier League festive schedule will remain the same as normal with Boxing Day matches still set to take place.

This period in the calendar is believed to be particularly attractive to broadcasters and they are keen on it remaining as it is.

Newcastle feature heavily on TV over Christmas with matches against Manchester United, Leicester City and Rochdale.