Bundesliga cuts long winter break to under a month

BERLIN, Dec 4 (Reuters) - German soccer's long winter break will be cut by more than two weeks next season, the German Football Federation (DFB) said on Thursday.

German soccer traditionally grinds to a halt for a month-and-a half during the winter, among the longest breaks in the sport.

The DFB said the changes, agreed with the German soccer league (DFL), would benefit the national team as they attempted to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa which kicks off on June 11, 2010.

"The solution found by the DFB und DFL is absolutely positive for the World Cup preparations of the national squad," DFB general secretary Wolfgang Niersbach said.

The 2009-2010 Bundesliga season will start on Aug. 7 and end on May 8, with a break from Dec. 18 to Jan. 15.

This season's break begins in mid-December and play resumes on Jan. 30. (Writing by Karolos Grohmann in Athens, Editing by Clare Fallon)