Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has cancelled the international football matches that are expected to be played outside Europe. This decision was made in order to reduce travel for players.
FIFA window for international football opens at the end of August 2020.
The world football governing body said the period scheduled from August 31 to September 8 will no longer be valid as it will be replaced with a new window – January 24 to February 1 next year “for all confederations except UEFA.”
What Does This Mean?
This simply means that non-European players will not ne able to travel to play with their national team.
FIFA said the new period in January and February was considered with the African Cup of Nations in mind, with “the exact dates to be determined at a later date”.
The Council of the world governing body had decided on these calendar changes “in response to the global disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to plague many parts of the world.”
It also cancelled the women’s international, scheduled for September 14-22, for all confederations except UEFA.