The winter weather over the past few weeks has inevitably led to a number of football matches at non-league (and professional) level be called off due to frozen or waterlogged pitches. By doing so it's brought up the ongoing discussion as to whether there should be a winter break in the game in an attempt to halt these postponements.
With the discussion comes the written word, you'll not have to look far to find articles or blogs on the subject, and as to not disappoint, I thought I would make my voice heard on the matter as well!
There's a number of options that people believe will work in stemming the flow of called off games, with a growing one being the funding to introduce 3G & 4G pitches across the game. These surfaces are better in adverse weather conditions, and have seen a few matches take place recently where standard pitches would have failed a standard pitch inspection. There are problems though, these pitches are not all weather & many have also succumbed to the weather. I've not played on one (hell its been years since I even played) but there's bound to be a difference in feel for the players, right?
Anyway, another option which gets the most column inches (mainly thanks to top flight managers mentioning it) is having a winter break in the season. To me that makes no sense, weather in this country is vastly unpredictable and has hit games all through the year, even on the last day of the previous season there were games struggling to get on because of waterlogged pitches! Madness! All a winter break would accomplish is giving the players a couple of weeks off in the winter!
My opinion, which I have seen others voice too at this level, is that we simply extend the season by a week or two at both ends. By doing this & making the weeks at the end "open" there'll be more opportunity to play the postponed games rather than clogging up the midweek & possibly running players into the ground with 3 matches in 5 days! Would it work in practice? Well you'd have to ask the guys in charge, but surely that would be worth a look? I know that generally the people in charge of the game are old & stuck in their ways, we've seen that in the FA & FIFA, but maybe this change would be worth thinking about!
As I said before, you'll see plenty of opinions on this topic, especially as some teams over January have had to go 3 weeks without a match (including Concord). But as this month comes to an end, here's hoping the weather improves, less games are called off, and we get the second half of the season we all want!
You Are My Concord!