The debate over whether football should have a winter break has run for a very long time.
Most countries around Europe in the world give their players a two-week break during winter, which gives everyone time to recover and enjoy Christmas with their families.
But in the UK, we do the opposite. Boxing Day and New Year’s Day are two of the biggest footballing days in the calendar, as well as every weekend in and around those days.
In the case of the 2017/18 season, some form of football match has been on TV every day in December, and will be until around the second week in January.
You would think this would be saturation levels of football, but we can’t seem to get enough of it.
In this country, Christmas is almost defined by the huge programmes of football that take place.
With no other sport really on apart from perhaps horse racing and darts, people need something to do with all their spare time.
And this is where football fills the void.
We do need to be careful though.
I’m not one for defending footballers usually. They are pampered, get paid far too much money and are more often than not, extremely confident, bordering on arrogance and cockiness.
However, at the end of the day, they are human beings. They are elite performers who put on a spectacle whenever they take to the pitch.
This makes me wonder if we should cut them a bit of slack over the winter, and not just for their benefit.
I went to watch a match on New Year’s Day and both sets of players looked absolutely shattered. It created a really poor game to watch because they players had simply put in so much effort in the weeks before. That meant people had pay their money to watch a sub-standard product.
No matter how much money they get paid, the human body does have limitations after a while.
So while I would argue that we shouldn’t get rid of festive football (it’s one of my favourite things about Christmas), we do need to take a bit of care to make sure we don’t go too far.