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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Premier League Could Switch to Winter

APRFU president Vitaly Mutko
The Russian Premier League has suggested canceling its traditional summer season in order to bring its schedule in line with that of European soccer, which starts in the fall and ends in spring, Sport-Express reported Wednesday.

The new format, which the premier league has been mulling over for years, will start in fall 2006 if approved.

The topic was discussed at a general meeting of members of the Russian Premier League on Tuesday, after they faxed the executive committee of the Russian Football Union, or RFU, with the offer on Monday evening.

RFU president Vitaly Mutko told Sport-Express, "I understand that the [fall-spring] system has its pros and cons, ... but we will be studying the premier league's suggestion seriously."

Mutko added that the issue would be formally settled at the RFU's December conference.

Currently, 33 of 52 European nations affiliated with governing body UEFA have their regular seasons run through the winter. In the former Soviet Union, only Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine play during the winter. The most recent switch to a winter season was in Ukraine in 1992.