After the unique December World Cup in 2022, the Premier League winter break returns in the 2023-24 season.
Unlike the other seasonal breaks around Europe’s top leagues, the English top-flight teams split the time off at different stages of January.
In this article, we run you through all the details and how the Premier League winter break works.
The winter break starts in the Premier League on Wednesday 3rd January, and the next full round of league fixtures takes place from Tuesday 30th January.
Gameweek 21 is split over two weekends, with five matches taking place on the weekend from Friday 12th January and then five more matches on the weekend of 20th January.
Burnley, Luton, Manchester City, Newcastle, Chelsea, Fulham, Everton, Aston Villa, Manchester United and Tottenham will all play during the first split of matches.
Meanwhile, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Brentford, Sheffield United, Liverpool, West Ham, Bournemouth, Brighton and Wolves will play their games on the second week of the break.
Despite no full Premier League week until late January, some teams will still have other matches to play during that period, with FA Cup and EFL Cup action planned.
No fewer than seven Premier League teams face FA Cup third round replays – Wolves, Everton, Crystal Palace, Brentford, Luton, West Ham and Nottingham Forest.
Meanwhile, three teams are facing two-legged EFL Cup semi-finals with Chelsea, Liverpool and Fulham trying to win a place at Wembley.
So the team with the longest period of time without a game are Brighton, who look set to have a 16-day break, while Bournemouth and Sheffield United will each enjoy 15 days off – during a period when players are also away at the Africa Cup of Nations and Asian Cup.