FIFA International breaks 2018-2024

Hot on the heels of Swansea City’s Connor Roberts and Daniel James being called up to the Wales squad for the upcoming games against Denmark and Albania, the Swans won’t have any further international breaks until March 2019.

FIFA, the international governing body of football, has published an International Match Calendar, providing the fixed dates for International “A” matches between 2018 and 2024.

Matches during this period can be either Official or Friendly Matches, with players released from their clubs to national teams on the Monday morning at the latest.

The players must then released back to their clubs on the Wednesday morning the following week at the very latest.

Connor Roberts celebrates scoring for Wales
Connor Roberts celebrates scoring for Wales. (Photo by Duncan Thomas/Majestic Media)

Of course with the Swans having representation at both Senior and U21 level for Wales, as well as representation for Scotland and Kosovo (at the time of writing), the international breaks can have an impact on club matters, as is often bemoaned by Premier League managers – especially if on a poor run of form!

Conversely of course, the breaks can also provide an ample opportunity for players to rest and for clubs to re-group of course.

Here are the designated FIFA International breaks from November 2018 to the end of December 2024.

Dates Official or Friendly Matches Number of match dates

2018

19-27 March   2   2
14 June – 15 July   2018 FIFA World Cup Russia   –
3-11 September   2   2
8-16 October   2   2
12-20 November   2   2

2019

5 January – 1 February African Cup of Nations in Cameroon
2019 AFC Asian Cup in United Arab Emirates
  –
18-26 March 2 2
3-11 June 2 2
14 June – 7 July 2019 Copa America in Brazil
July Preliminary Draw 2022 FIFA World Cup
Qatar
 –
2-10 September 2 2
7-15 October 2 2
11-19 November 2 2

2020

23-31 March   2   2
1-9 June   2 (for non UEFA confederations)   2
June / July   European Championship – Euro
2020
  –
31 August – 8 September   2   2
5-13 October   2   2
9-17 November   2   2

2021

January / February African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast   –
22-30 March   2   2
31 May – 8 June   2   2
June – July FIFA Confederations Cup in Asia  –
30 August – 7 September   2   2
4-12 October   2   2
8-16 November   2   2

2022

21-29 March 2 2
April Final Draw 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar
30 May – 14 June 4 4
19-27 September 2 2
November / December Release
of Players for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar on 14 November

2022 FIFA World Cup 21 November – 18 December

2023

20-28 March 2 2
12-20 June 2 2
4-12 September 2 2
9-17 October 2 2
13-21 November 2 2

2024

18-26 March 2 2
3-11 June 2 (for non UEFA confederations) 2
June / July European Championship – Euro 2024
2-10 September 2 2
7 -15 October 2 2
11-19 November 2 2

You can view another calendar, which provides details of all FIFA tournaments (at different age groups for Men & Women), FIFA events and FIFA meetings on the official FIFA website.