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When are the international breaks in English and European football during the 2020-21 season and beyond?

These are weekends when FIFA calls time on domestic league schedules, so during international breaks there are no Premier League fixtures.

International breaks are scheduled well ahead of time, so that national teams and domestic leagues can plan for many top players to move around the world. They will travel, for example, to take place in FIFA World Cup qualifying, the UEFA European Championships, the Africa Cup of Nations, the CONCACAF Gold Cup, etc.

And since this would leave, for example, many Premier League clubs without top players, fairness dictates that all top leagues stop playing. In England, this includes the Championship. An international break would also mean no UEFA Champions League or Europa League fixtures.

Here is the 2020-21 English and European Football Schedule

Technically, an international break is from a Monday through the following Tuesday, but for Premier League fixtures, it really means you miss one weekend. So for the lists below, we give the Saturday in which there will be no fixtures in the Premier League or Championship — or Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga, etc.

International Breaks, 2021-22 Season

The weekends of …

  • September 4, 2021
  • October 9, 2021
  • November 13, 2021
  • March 26, 2022

The 2022-23 Season and the 2022 World Cup

This is the season which will be massively interrupted by the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. So all of this is tentative.

The World Cup, usually held in the summer, this time runs November 21 to December 18, 2022. The latest plans — not final — call for the Premier League to stop play on November 12, 2022, and resume on December 26, 2022. It is also thought the 2022-23 Premier League season will start a week earlier than usual (possibly even in July) and end a week later than usual (possibly in June).

It’s understood the Championship will take a similar break, but Leagues One and Two, and presumably the rest of the English league pyramid, will carry on with a normal fixtures list.

Decisions about the 2022-23 Champions League and Europa League schedules are also not final at this time.

These weekends are already set as FIFA international breaks for the 2022-23 season:

  • September 24, 2022
  • March 25, 2023

International Breaks, 2023-24 Season

The weekends of …

  • September 9, 2023
  • October 14, 2023
  • November 18, 2023
  • March 23, 2024

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