FIFA International Match Calendar
|Dates||Matches or tournaments|
|13 November – 18 December 2022||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|20–28 March 2023||2|
|12–20 June 2023||2|
|16 June – 16 July 2023||2023 AFC Asian Cup|
|26 June – 16 July 2023||2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|4–12 September 2023||2|
|9–17 October 2023||2|
|13–21 November 2023||2|
|18–26 March 2024||2|
|3–11 June 2024||2 (except UEFA)|
The FIFA International match Calendar (sometimes abbreviated as the FIFA Calendar or FIFA Days) is an outline agreement between FIFA, the six continental football confederations, the European Club Association, and FIFPro, which sets out which dates can be used for "official" and "friendly" international matches.
The current dates are within five windows: early spring (March), late spring (May or June), late summer (August or September), autumn (October and November). The match calendar also determines when international competitions such as the AFC Asian Cup, Africa Cup of Nations, Copa América, CONCACAF Gold Cup, OFC Nations Cup, UEFA European Championship, and FIFA World Cup can take place.
Official matches have a release period of four days, which means that players can take up to four days away from club duties to partake in national team duties. If a player participates in an official match on a different continent from his club's, the release period is five days. Friendly matches are deemed less important and the release period is 48 hours.
FIFA insist that official and friendly matches take precedence over domestic matches. However, they state that international friendlies that take place outside the designated dates do not.
European Club Association dispute
The European Club Association, a union for the elite European football clubs, are unhappy with the lack of compensation given to the clubs by the international associations.
At the 2010 FIFA World Cup, £40 million was paid to clubs as compensation. An article from The Daily Telegraph in February 2012 suggested that the European Club Association want a figure six times as much. The European Clubs have spoken of not agreeing to the 2014-and-onwards agreement of the FIFA calendar until the issue is resolved.
The ECA president, German Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, said, "Unfortunately, discussions with the FIFA president have failed to lead to a satisfactory outcome which takes account of the clubs' demands." In March 2012, FIFA released a press release showing that Rummennigge had been invited to a summit but failed to attend.
Women's International Match Calendar
FIFA also has a women's international match calendar to dictate when women's international matches should be played. It contains 6 yearly windows, unlike the men's calendar, which only has 5. They are currently set for late winter (February or March), mid spring (April), mid summer (June or July), late summer (September), and autumn (October and November).
|Dates||Window type||Number of matches|
|13–22 February 2023||Type II||3|
|3–11 April 2023||Type I||2|
|10–18 July 2023||Type I||2|
|20 July – 20 August 2023||FIFA Women's World Cup|
|18–26 September 2023||Type I||2|
|23–31 October 2023||Type I||2|
|27 November – 5 December 2023||Type I or II(Except UEFA)||2 or 3|
- "Updates to the Men's International Match Calendar" (PDF). FIFA. August 2021. Retrieved 21 November 2021.
- "Changes to the International Match Calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic". FIFA. 6 August 2021. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
- "International match calendar – major step made towards final agreement". FIFA.com. 5 March 2012. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "Release of players for national association representative matches in accordance with the Coordinated International Match Calendar" (PDF). FIFA.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 September 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- Scott, Matt (28 February 2012). "Open warfare between Fifa and the European Clubs Association threatens to overshadow 2018 World Cup". Telegraph. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- Scott, Matt (5 March 2012). "Fifa hits back after clubs' chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge snubs key meeting". Telegraph. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "Women's International Match Calendar 2020-2023" (PDF). FIFA. March 2022. Retrieved 1 August 2022.