International Breaks Calendar: UEFA Nations League, Euro 2024 & More
With the World Cup in Qatar now done and dusted, attention has switched to what will happen in the international breaks from 2023 onwards.
There are five breaks for international football this year, with another five scheduled for the following year. FIFA’s revised international calendar starts in 2025.
We take a look at the upcoming FIFA International Match Calendar (details updated September 4, 2023)
When are the 2022/23 international breaks?
- March 20–28, 2023 (completed)
- June 12–20, 2023 (completed)
When are the 2023/24 international breaks?
- September 4-12, 2023
- October 9-17, 2023
- November 13-21, 2023
- March 18-26, 2024
- June-July 2024 – UEFA European Championships 2024
When are the 2024/25 international breaks?
- September 4-10, 2024
- October 7-15, 2024
- November 11-19, 2024
The World Cup in Qatar disrupted the traditional football calendar, but things will revert to their usual order during the next couple of years.
The FIFA U20 World Cup got the ball rolling during May and June before senior international football took centre stage across the world.
June – July 2023
The post-season international break occurred in June, with more qualifiers for regional competitions such as Euro 2024 and Copa America 2024 scheduled.
There were two England fixtures played during this period which resulted in emphatic victories over Malta and North Macedonia.
The 2023 Nations League Finals were also staged, with Spain clinching the title after beating Croatia in the final.
The June-July period also featured several international tournaments, including the CAF African Cup of Nations, AFC Asian Cup, CONCACAF Gold Cup and Women’s World Cup.
The latter tournament was won by Spain, who defeated England in a tense final in Australia.
September 4-12, 2023
The first international break of the 2023/24 season takes place a week after the summer transfer window ends, with two match dates scheduled for Euro 2024 qualifiers and other regional competitions.
England continue their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign against Ukraine on September 9. The Three Lions triumphed 2-0 in the reverse fixture at Wembley Stadium.
Gareth Southgate’s side will then visit Hampden Park to go head-to-head with Scotland in a game to celebrate the oldest international football rivalry in the world.
The 150th Anniversary Heritage Match has been organised to mark the first meeting between the two sides in 1872.
October 9-17, 2023
The second international break of the 2023/24 season is scheduled in the middle of October, with more qualifying fixtures set to take place for the summer 2024 competitions.
England will warm up for their Euro qualifier against Italy on October 17 with a friendly match against Australia four days earlier. Both games are at Wembley.
The Three Lions defeated Italy 2-1 earlier in the campaign, and this game will likely determine which team claims top spot in the group.
Spain versus Scotland and Netherlands versus France are other noteworthy fixtures during this international break.
November 13-21, 2023
The final international break of 2023 features the final play-off qualifiers for the Euros and international friendlies for multiple confederations.
England host Malta on November 17 before rounding off their campaign with a visit to North Macedonia three days later.
Other notable fixtures include Ukraine versus Italy and Wales versus Turkey, but the standout game is undoubtedly at Hampden Park.
Scotland will hope to still be in contention to qualify when they face Norway, but prolific striker Erling Braut Haaland may have something to say about that.
March 18-26, 2024
The first international break for 2024 will likely feature the final opportunities for UEFA countries to fine-tune their squads before the 2024 Euros.
For the rest of the world, the international break takes place from June 3-11 with two match dates. In Europe, the Euro 2024 tournament will take place in Germany.
Berlin’s Olympiastadion will stage the final on Sunday, July 14, and hosts Germany will fancy their chances of getting their hands on the trophy.
France and Spain are among several other teams who have a genuine chance of emerging victorious at the tournament.
September 2-10, 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 7-15, 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.
FIFA has already announced the World Cup host cities and stadiums that will stage the event in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
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