Football Language: Fixture pile up
The Christmas and New Year fixtures (or games) come thick and fast with each team playing four times over the holiday period. So when most people are relaxing at the end of the year footballers are busier than ever. Some clubs have to play two games in 48 hours leading to some managers to complain about ‘a fixture pile up‘ – there are too many games in a short space of time. A pile up is used when more than one car is involved in a traffic accident or when something accumulates so a fixture pile-up involves the accumulation or build up of a lot of matches. A fixture pile-up.
Example: ‘West Brom asked to postpone West Ham trip because of fixture pile-up’ (BBC.co.uk January 2nd).
Example: ‘January fixture pile-up worries Guardiola’ (ESPN.com December 29th, 2017).