The Premier League and EFL clubs have decided to hold the festive events despite the continued disruption of Covid-19.
The decision came despite Premier League players returning a record 90 positive tests last week.
Premier League 20 clubs met on Monday to discuss the meeting after six weekend matches were postponed.
There have been no votes, so two rounds will be held for five days from 26 December, while the EFL will play where it is safe.
The 20th week of the Premier League, which begins on December 28, was expected to be postponed to ease the pressure on Premier League teams.
According to BBC Sport, one of the points of discussion at the meeting was that each club would have had to play two matches during the festive period for three weeks of play, meaning that not a single week of play would have been postponed altogether.
Instead, clubs were advised to complete their matches if they had 13 fit players and a goalkeeper.
However, repetitions in the third and fourth rounds of the FA Cup have been eliminated and negotiations are underway to reduce ties in the EFL Cup semi-finals to one match.
Shortly after the meeting, the Premier League confirmed that 90 new positive cases from 12,345 players and staff were detected between 13 and 19 December. That number is more than double the 42 cases last week, a record since the outbreak began.
According to Premier League data on Monday, 77% of players have already been vaccinated twice, an increase from 68% in October.
Overall, 84% of players have already received at least one vaccination. If staff are included in the analysis, the proportion rises to 92%.
According to the Premier League, “a number of issues were discussed” at Monday’s meeting, including adjusting the postponement process for Covid-19. Saturday’s match between Aston Villa and Burnley was canceled with a two-hour notice period.
In Sunday’s Premier League matches, Chelsea have called just six substitutes for a draw against the Wolves and Liverpool have played a draw against Tottenham without appearing on the first team.
Five of Saturday’s six games were canceled. Chelsea have tried to postpone Sunday’s Wolves match, and boss Thomas Tuchel has said its players are “at high risk… not just because of Covid, but physically as well”.
It is clear that Liverpool was one of the clubs pushing for the 20th week to be postponed.
After Sunday’s draw in Spurs, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said he could not play on 26 and 28 December.
“Impossible, we don’t have players,” Klopp said. “We have to think we’ll get one or two extra cases. We can’t just go through it all. 26 and 28, that’s not possible. We’d rather play, but we need help with matches.”
The seven Premier League teams still in the Carabao Cup will play on December 21 and 22 and will play three Premier League matches until January 2nd.
The Wolves club posted a photo on Twitter of Captain Conor Coady and head coach Bruno Lage making reinforcing blows.
Lage added Monday: “Everyone in our building is fully vaccinated, which is the right move, especially given the increase in the number of positive cases in the Premier League and the wider society.”
EFL shows optimism
On December 26, two league and five League Two matches had already been stopped due to positive Covid-19 cases.
EFL said it expects further postponements, but sees “optimism that disruptions can be minimized.”
Trevor Birch, CEO of EFL, said: “We will continue to work with clubs, authorities and other agencies to monitor the rate of Covid-19 cases and be prepared to respond accordingly, but for the time being, the view remains safe. we can run games where clubs have enough healthy staff on and off the field.
“With measures to reduce clubs, the mass introduction of reinforcing punches and the Covid certification now needed by larger crowds, we are confident that many fans will continue to attend the matches with confidence during the Christmas season and we are looking forward to them. “
Uncertainty, reluctance and congestion – Analysis
Simon Stone, BBC Sport’s football reporter:
The two-week round break was discussed at Monday’s Premier League shareholders ’meeting, but there wasn’t enough support to get close to implementation.
Eventually, the uncertainty overcame what awaited us – and certain facts were confirmed.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wanted to stop Sunday’s Wolves match. The request was denied. His team was found to have two substitutes on the field who cost £ 55 million – and Saul Niguez could buy for £ 30 million. In addition, they have one of the best football academies in the world in every way.
Within the game, the feeling is that Tuchel – and his fellow managers in the same position – need to keep going and use the talent at their disposal, and that the “best” team is different from a “one” team.
Clubs do not know what the future holds. Rumors are circulating about the return of closure restrictions, which would reduce traffic and revenues from revolving gates. Knowing that this is an option, clubs are reluctant to agree to a break they may not need.
Ten Premier League matches will now have to be rescheduled in a calendar that was out of place until the FA removed the week for the third round repeats in January.
There is a debate as to whether the EFL Cup semi-finals next month will return to one match instead of the usual two. Decisions in this regard will be influenced by whether this week’s quarter-finals take place – and what the overall situation in the country is.
As always, there is a heated debate around the players. They were urged to return to the field in the first phase of the epidemic, and now there is a conversation about whether they should stop.
The Association of Professional Footballers, like clubs, continues to encourage its members to vaccinate themselves while trying to ensure that players are not used as pawns in a wider PR game.