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International Breaks Calendar 2022 to 2024: World Cup 2022, UEFA Nations League, Euro 2024 & More

Qatar 2022 is coming up towards the final stretch of the calendar year as we take a look at the international breaks for the upcoming 2022/23 season. 

FIFA World Cups are normally played out during the summer months, allowing European club competitions to get underway in late August and run their usual course. 

However, an unorthodox decision to hand Qatar hosting rights midway through the club season will induce massive changes to the fixture schedule. 

Unlike in 2021/22, where there were five international breaks, the upcoming club season will hit a pause button only three times.

Here, we will take a look at the FIFA International Match Calendar for the 2022/23 season.

When are the 2022/23 international breaks? 

  • September 19-27, 2022 – UEFA Nations League
  • November/December 2022 – 2022 FIFA World Cup
  • March 20–28, 2023
  • June 12–20, 2023

When are the 2023/24 international breaks? 

  • September 04-12, 2023
  • October 09-17, 2023
  • November 13-21, 2023
  • March 18-26, 2024
  • June-July 2024 – UEFA Euro 2024

When are the 2024/25 international breaks?

  • September 04-10, 2024
  • October 07-15, 2024
  • November 11-19, 2024

FIFA’s latest international fixture schedule, issued in 2020, only extends till the end of 2024. We expect the 2024 to 2028 fixture schedule to be announced by the end of 2022.

Breakdown

Due to the upcoming World Cup, European leagues will kick off earlier than usual, with the opening Premier League weekend scheduled for the first week of August.

While last season’s Champions League group stage started in mid-September as usual, the upcoming edition of Europe’s elite club competition will commence a week earlier. 

An early start to the European club season will make room for the first international break in the new season to take place in mid-September.

UEFA Nations League Break – September 19-27

Usually, there are international breaks in the European club season at the start of September and October.

But atypical circumstances will see just one week without top-flight football taking place in the autumn.

Club football will take a back seat on September 19 to allow the completion of the 2022 UEFA Nations League season. 

Top European leagues will return to action on September 27 and run until mid-November. 

2022 FIFA World Cup – November-December

Qatar 2022 will force the longest international break, with the tournament halting the Premier League and other top football divisions on November 12.

Despite bidding to host the 2022 World Cup over the summer, Qatar was allowed to move the tournament dates to the winter due to high temperatures in the Middle Eastern region. 

The upcoming World Cup takes place from November 21 to December 18, consuming a substantial chunk of the first half of the 2022/23 club season. 

FIFA requires all domestic clubs to release their players for the World Cup by 14 November.

With the tournament coming in the middle of most domestic European seasons, football leagues in Europe and the rest of the world will have to take a break to let national team players participate, with the date for mandatory player release for the World Cup set for 14 November.

A total of 16 Premier League matchdays will be staged before the World Cup break, while the remaining 22 will come in the post-tournament period. 

While most of Europe’s top-five leagues are expected to return to action in January 2023, the Premier League will resume with Boxing Day fixtures on December 26. 

March 20–28, 2023

Things will get back to normal in 2023, with the weekend commencing March 20, 2023, where we will most likely see the Euro 2024 qualifiers take place.

June 12–20, 2023

The post-season international break, with more qualifiers for regional competitions like Euro 2024 and Copa America 2024 expected.

June-July 2023

The June-July period will also see several international tournaments take place, such as the CAF African Cup of Nations, the AFC Asian Cup and the Concacaf Gold Cup.

September 04-12, 2023

The first international break of the 2023/24 season takes place a week after the 2023 summer transfer window ends, with two match dates scheduled for Euro 2024 qualifiers as well as other regional competitions.

October 09-17, 2023

The second international break of the 2023/24 season takes place middle of October with the final set of qualifying fixtures set to take place for the summer 2024 competitions.

November 13-21, 2023

The final international break of 2023 is likely to feature the playoff qualifiers for the Euros as well as international friendlies for multiple confederations.

March 18-26, 2024

The first international break for 2024 is likely to feature the final opportunities for UEFA countries to fine-tune their squads before the 2024 Euros.

June-July 2024

For the rest of the world, the international break takes place from 03 June to 11 June with two match dates. For Europe, this is time for Euro 2024 set to take place in Germany from 14 June to 14 July.

September 02-10, 2024

The first international break of the 2024/25 season kicks off in the first week of September. Expect the build-up to the 2026 World Cup, due to take place in North America, to start here.

October 07-15, 2024

The second international break of the 2024/25 season takes place in the second week of October with two match dates available as usual for all international confederations.

November 11-19, 2024

The final international break of 2024 will take place in the third week of November, with qualifying for the 2026 World Cup expected to be in full flow.