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International Breaks Calendar: UEFA Nations League, Euro 2024 & More

With the World Cup in Qatar now firmly in the records books, attention has switched to what will happen in the international breaks from 2023 onwards.

The highlight of 2024 will be the European Championships in Germany, while Copa America will dominate proceedings across the Atlantic Ocean.

We take a look at the upcoming FIFA International Match Calendar (details updated February 21, 2024).

When are the 2023/24 international breaks? 

  • September 4-12, 2023 (completed)
  • October 9-17, 2023 (completed)
  • November 13-21, 2023 (completed)
  • 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
  • March 17-25, 2025
  • June 2-10, 2025
  • September 1-9, 2025
  • October 6-14, 2025
  • November 10-18, 2025

Breakdown

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar disrupted the traditional football calendar, but things have reverted to normal since the tournament was staged.

June – November 2023

The post-season international break occurred in June 2023, with qualifiers staged for regional competitions such as Euro 2024 and Copa America 2024.

Two England fixtures were 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 deservedly defeated England in a tense final in Australia.

Further international breaks were staged in September, October and November, featuring Euro 2024 qualifiers and other regional competitions.

England visited Hampden Park during this period 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 was organised to mark the first meeting between the two sides in 1872. England recorded a 3-1 victory.

The Three Lions subsequently booked their place at Euro 2024, finishing six points clear of Italy at the top of Group C.

March 18-26, 2024

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

England are scheduled to play friendlies at home to Brazil (March 23) and Belgium (March 26). Play-off matches for Euro 2024 will also be staged.

June-July 2024

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.

England will finish their preparations for the tournament with home friendlies against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Iceland.

The Euro 2024 schedule sees the tournament take place from June 14 to July 14. The Euro 2024 host cities list shows the games will be played in ten stadiums.

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. The build-up to the 2026 World Cup, due to take place in North America, will 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 scheduled 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.