FIFA to end one-off friendlies?

2012-03-05 18:37

Zurich - FIFA wants to abolish international friendly matches in February and August, in a move that will appease European clubs.

FIFA has announced a proposed calendar of international matches from 2015-18 after a meeting of world football stakeholders which was boycotted by the 200-member European Club Association.

The suggested calendar calls for double-header dates each March, September, October and November, plus June in odd-numbered years.

FIFA says the calendar has "no specific dates for friendlies."

FIFA's executive committee must approve the calendar at a March 29-30 meeting.

Clubs, which are obliged to release their players for calendar matches, have lobbied FIFA to abolish the one-off friendly dates.