The international break comes just weeks into the Premier League season – and there are plenty across the season.
They're some of the dates football fans look for most when the fixtures come out every season, to find out just when their beloved clubs will be out of action for two weeks as international football takes centre stage.
The international breaks always come thick and fast once the Premier League season gets underway, and there will be just four weekends of action before the first break in September for a mixture of competitive Euro 2024 qualifiers and friendly matches, which will see Gareth Southgate’s England cross the border to face Scotland in a tantalising friendly encounter.
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When are the international breaks this season?
|Games||Start date||End date|
|European Championship qualifiers||September 4 2023||September 12, 2023|
|European Championship qualifiers||October 9, 2023||October 17, 2023|
|European Championship qualifiers||November 13, 2023||November 21, 2023|
|AFC Asian Cup 2023||January 12, 2024||February 10, 2024|
|Africa Cup of Nations 2023||January 13, 2024||Fabruary 11, 2024|
|European Championship qualifiers||March 18, 2024||March 26, 2024|
|European Championship 2024||June 14, 2024||July 14, 2024|
In among the start of the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Conference League group stages, further breaks follow between October 9 and 17 – and November 13 and 21, when England will host both Italy and Australia in the former.
One major disruption for clubs around Europe this season is the Asia Cup and Africa Cup of Nations early in 2024, running from January 12 to February 11, meaning several clubs will be without key players.
The last international break comes between March 18 and 26 as national teams around Europe will be in final preparations for next summer Euro 2024 in Germany, which kicks off on June 14 and will end on July 14 – the same dates as the Copa America in the United States.
In what is set to be another busy season, players around the world will once again find themselves juggling club and country responsibilities a-plenty throughout the campaign, but it will be a bigger year than most with major competitions set to take place across the globe, culminating next summer.
The Premier League season ends on May 19 2024.
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Rich Laverty has been a women’s football writer for a decade now, covering the game across the FA WSL, several FA Cup finals and live from the 2017 European Championships and 2019 World Cup. He has written regularly for publications in the UK and USA, including The Times, Guardian, Independent, iSport, FourFourTwo, Bleacher Report, The Blizzard, These Football Times and Our Game Magazine.