FIFA moves to abolish February, August exhibitions
FIFA wants to abolish international exhibition games in February
and August in a move that will appease European clubs.
FIFA has announced a proposed calendar from 2015-18, although no
specific dates were listed for such games.
The suggested calendar calls for national teams to play two
games each March, September, October and November, plus June in
odd-numbered years, and for the vast majority for European national
teams the matches will be qualifiers for the World Cup and the
Clubs are obliged to release their players for calendar matches.
They have lobbied FIFA to abolish the one-game only exhibition
FIFA’s executive committee must approve the calendar at a March
If approved, North and Central America and the Caribbean might
have to consider changes in its qualifying format for the 2018
The six-nation final round takes 10 dates and needs an
additional two for a possible playoff between the fourth-place team
and a nation for another confederation. Under the calendar proposed
Monday, only 10 of the 12 necessary dates would be available.
”(We) Will have to review,” CONCACAF acting secretary general
Ted Howard said.
U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati and Chuck Blazer,
the FIFA executive committee member from the United States,