EFL unaffected as Premier League brings in winter break

That last point is a reference to another of the deals he has announced in the last 24 hours: the sale of the remaining United Kingdom broadcast rights for 2019-22, with BT buying a package that will allow it to show all five games from one of the split weekends.

All three divisions of the Football League - the EFL - remain unchanged with full programmes of matches and, significantly, it will be written into the Premier League rulebook that clubs can not fly off for lucrative exhibition matches during their break.

To accommodate this, the FA has agreed to move FA Cup fifth-round matches to midweek in order to accommodate the planned break.

Meanwhile Sky Sports has been awarded the rights to show 128 Premier League games a season exclusively live in the Republic of Ireland from 2019.

"We have been discussing the football calendar with the FA and EFL for several months, including ways we can work together to ease fixture congestion, keep the Premier League action going right through the season and provide a mid-season player break", said 58-year-old Scudamore.

Under the terms of the new agreement, which mirrors Sky's United Kingdom rights deal signed in February and runs until 2022, Sky Sports will show every first-pick weekend match and Saturday evening fixtures for the first time.

"This is not seen to be a way and won't be [of making money]", said Martin Glenn, the chief executive of the Football Association. "We will look to showcase the EFL during the two week period".

"Today's announcement proves that football can come together for the good of the game. As we head into summer worldwide tournaments in the future we are sure that this midseason break will prove to be a valuable addition for our players". Drawn matches at 90 minutes will go to extra-time and penalties.

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