FIFA International Match Calendar

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The FIFA International Match Calendar (sometimes abbreviated as the FIFA Calendar) is an outline agreement between FIFA, the six continental football confederations, European Club Association and FIFPro. [1]

FIFA International governing body of association football

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is an organization which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, fútsal, beach soccer, and eFootball. FIFA is responsible for the organization of football's major international tournaments, notably the World Cup which commenced in 1930 and the Women's World Cup which commenced in 1991.

European Club Association organization

The European Club Association (ECA) is a body representing the interests of professional association football clubs in UEFA. It is the sole such body recognised by UEFA, and has member clubs in each UEFA member association. It was formed in 2008 to replace the G-14, which comprised a small number of elite clubs and was unrecognised by UEFA. The ECA's mission statement is "to create a new, more democratic governance model that truly reflects the key role of the clubs".

FIFPro

The Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels, generally referred to as FIFPro, is the worldwide representative organisation for 65,000 professional footballers. FIFPro, with its global headquarters in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, is made up of 63 national players' associations. In addition, there are five candidate members and eight observers.

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The match calendar sets out which dates can be used for 'Official matches' and 'Friendly matches'. The current dates are five: late early Spring, very early Summer, very early Autumn/Fall, early mid Autumn/Fall and mid late Autumn/Fall. It also determines when international competitions such as the AFC Asian Cup, Copa América, CONCACAF Gold Cup, UEFA European Championship, FIFA Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup can take place. The OFC Nations Cup is not listed on the international match calendar.[ citation needed ]

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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 another continent than his club's, the release period is five days. Friendly matches are deemed less important and the release period is 48 hours. [2]

FIFA insist that official and friendly matches should take precedence over domestic matches. However, they state that international friendlies that take place outside the designated dates do not. [2]

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, £40million 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 onwards agreement of the FIFA calendar, until the issue is resolved.

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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." [3]

In March 2012, FIFA released a press release showing that Rummennigge had been invited to a summit but failed to attend. [4]

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References

  1. "International match calendar – major step made towards final agreement". FIFA.com. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  2. 1 2 "Release of players for national association representative matches in accordance with the Coordinated International Match Calendar" (pdf). FIFA.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  3. 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.
  4. Scott, Matt (5 March 2012). "Fifa hits back after clubs' chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge snubs key meeting". Telegraph. Retrieved 29 August 2012.