Days after the agreement reached between the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and the European Club Association (ECA) to remove the friendly matches of August, the International Federation de Football Association (FIFA) recommended that the international match calendar, after 2014, there is no specific date for friendly matches.
These sets: nine double dates in a biennial cycle (18 matches in total) plus one tenth double date available during Eurocup 2016, member associations that are not European.
As for the nine double dates, has agreed a uniform distribution of these each year (March, September, October and November) with the ability to play these games in June every two years (odd years) and resolved that no date be specific for friendly matches, which can only be played under these double dates.
FIFA also argued that the players are put at the disposal of its selections on Monday in the week of international games and said the Olympic tournaments and youth’s games are not included in the international match calendar.
The agreement, to apply from 1 June to 30 May 2018, includes changes in the international calendar, for example, change the days of friendly loose double nine clashes between the same teams on the same continent, in a period of two years.
Its also expected that tournaments of all confederations completed in mid-July and that the players do not play more than one international tournament per year