It’s almost time to dive head first into domestic football once again, and by almost time, we mean that there’s still a month or so to go – but we’re still pretty excited. Arsenal haven’t made all too many moves in the summer transfer window just yet but we somehow feel like that’s going to change at some point in the not so distant future, so for now, we’re just going to put all of that talk to one side.
Instead, we want to talk about the amount of time that fans get over the summer to have ‘off’ from the domestic game. International tournaments tend to be pretty popular during this time, but even with that being the case, the end of May to the middle of August is often the time in which fans are not spending their weekends cheering on the Gunners at the Emirates or away from home (unless you’re mental and go to the pre-season games half way around the world).
One way or another
Fans complain from time to time about the time off, but we actually think it’s a pretty good deal. If you take a look at the NFL over in the States as another example, they don’t really do anything apart from the Combine and Draft between the months of February and August. Most of the teams’ season has already finished by early January, too, which leaves us wondering how fans cope – especially if they aren’t interested in any other sports.
When you think about it in that regard we really don’t have it all that bad, and we’d be interested to see whether or not this continues to be the way things operate with the proposal of a winter break becoming more and more of a reality as the weeks and months go by.
Could it happen?
A winter break has been in the pipeline for longer than most of us can remember, and the majority of people are interested in the idea. Regardless of whether you fall into that camp or not, there’s no denying the fact that it would shake things up, and it may even see the season tick on over into the month of June.
That’s not an overwhelmingly popular option for some, but either way, we’re interested to see how this could impact the landscape of the game in this country.
Do you enjoy the break between domestic seasons in English football?