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How to clean up the women’s international calendar

Over the last several weeks, we have completely revolutionised women’s international football. We have expanded the Women’s World Cup qualifiers into a two year spectacle that gives more nations than ever before the opportunity to play more football than ever before. We have expanded the confederations’ women’s tournaments into dramatic showcases that elevate the women’s game still further. And we have introduced thrilling new tournaments that ensure that female footballers of all nations remain active participants in the game.

We here at GoobNet have already fixed the calendar for men’s international football, in our proposal for the GoobNet International Timetable and Schedule for Advancing World Football and Unifying Leagues. Let us now take this opportunity to introduce a Women’s International Timetable and Schedule for Advancing World Football and Unifying Leagues.

THE CYCLE

The GoobNet Women’s International Timetable and Schedule for Advancing World Football and Unifying Leagues comes in cycles of two years. Each cycle ends in the months of June and July in an odd year, during which time the major women’s international tournaments are held. In a year that is one greater than a multiple of four, the confederation championships, such as the Women’s European Championship, the Women’s Asian Cup, and the Women’s Copa América, are played. In a year that is three greater than a multiple of four, the Women’s World Cup is played, consistent with current practise.

In the two years prior to each of these tournaments, there are a number of international dates intended for the qualifiers for these tournaments. We have used the current women’s international calendar as a basis for our proposed timetable of international dates. In all, we have fourteen dates per year as follows:

  • Two in January
  • Two in February-March
  • Two in April
  • Two in June
  • Two in August-September
  • Two in October
  • Two in November

The qualifiers for the major international tournaments complete in the November of the previous year, and the following international dates in January through April are available for friendly matches.

Furthermore, the women’s Olympic football tournament is played in each year that is a multiple of four.

Most importantly, we again remind FIFA that international matches are to be played on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Friday is not the weekend.

CONFEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIPS

For illustrative purposes, we have shown all of the confederation championship tournaments taking place simultaneously in JUN-JUL 2021. The confederations may choose to schedule them at another time in 2021 if necessary.

For example, CONCACAF may wish to hold the Women’s Gold Cup in October so as not to conflict with the NWSL season. If so, the preliminary round of Women’s World Cup qualifiers may have to move to AUG-SEP 2021.

OTHER INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS

We regret that we have been unable to accommodate the Algarve Cup, an annual tournament held in Portugal that has run for more than twenty years. However, if the organisers of the Algarve Cup are willing to hold the tournament every two years instead, we can move it to the February-March international dates of odd years. It would therefore become an important preparatory event for the major international tournaments.

PROPOSED CALENDAR

Below is how our proposed calendar would look for the 2019-23 period.

01Friendly date
01Qualifier date
01Release period for international tournaments
01Confederation championships
01Women’s Olympic football tournament
01Women’s World Cup
AUG 2019
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  • Women’s Olympic qualifiers: first playoff round first leg
  • CONMEBOL Women’s Nations League: league phase matchday 1
SEP 2019
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      01
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30      
  • Women’s Olympic qualifiers: first playoff round second leg
  • CONMEBOL Women’s Nations League: league phase matchday 2
OCT 2019
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  • Women’s Olympic qualifiers: second playoff round [if necessary]
  • CAF Women’s African Nations Cup qualifiers: first preliminary round [if necessary]
  • CONMEBOL Women’s Nations League: league phase matchdays 3-4
NOV 2019
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  • UEFA Women’s European Championship qualifiers: group phase matchdays 1-2
  • AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers: group phase matchdays 1-2 [if necessary]
  • CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup qualifiers: group phase matchdays 1-2
  • CAF Women’s African Nations Cup qualifiers: second preliminary round [if necessary]
  • CONMEBOL Women’s Nations League: league phase matchdays 5-6
  • OFC Women’s Nations League: league phase matchdays 1-2
DEC 2019
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JAN 2020
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  • UEFA Women’s European Championship qualifiers: group phase matchdays 3-4
  • AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers: group phase matchdays 3-4 [if necessary]
  • CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup qualifiers: group phase matchdays 3-4
  • CAF Women’s African Nations Cup qualifiers: group phase matchday 1
  • CONMEBOL Women’s Nations League: league phase matchdays 7-8
  • CAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 1
  • OFC Women’s Nations League: league phase matchdays 3-4
FEB 2020
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     0102
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  • UEFA Women’s European Championship qualifiers: group phase matchday 5
  • AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers: group phase matchday 5
  • CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup qualifiers: group phase matchday 5
  • CAF Women’s African Nations Cup qualifiers: group phase matchday 2
  • CONMEBOL Women’s Nations League: league phase matchday 9
  • CAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 2
  • OFC Women’s Nations League: league phase matchday 5
MAR 2020
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      01
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  • UEFA Women’s European Championship qualifiers: group phase matchday 6
  • AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers: group phase matchday 6
  • CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup qualifiers: group phase matchday 6
  • CAF Women’s African Nations Cup qualifiers: group phase matchday 2
  • CONMEBOL Women’s Nations League: league phase matchday 10
  • CAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 2
  • OFC Women’s Nations League: league phase matchday 6
APR 2020
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  • UEFA Women’s European Championship qualifiers: group phase matchdays 7-8
  • AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers: group phase matchdays 7-8
  • CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup qualifiers: group phase matchdays 7-8
  • CAF Women’s African Nations Cup qualifiers: group phase matchday 3
  • CONMEBOL Women’s Nations League: league phase matchdays 11-12
  • CAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 3
  • OFC Women’s Nations League: league phase matchdays 7-8
MAY 2020
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JUN 2020
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2930     
  • UEFA Women’s European Championship qualifiers: group phase matchdays 9-10
  • AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers: group phase matchdays 9-10
  • CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup qualifiers: group phase matchdays 9-10
  • CAF Women’s African Nations Cup qualifiers: group phase matchday 4
  • CONMEBOL Women’s Nations League: league phase matchdays 13-14
  • CAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 4
  • OFC Women’s Nations League: league phase matchdays 9-10
JUL 2020
MTWTFSS
  0102030405
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20212223242526
2728293031  
  • Start of Women’s Olympic football tournament
AUG 2020
MTWTFSS
     0102
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24252627282930
31      
  • End of Women’s Olympic football tournament
  • UEFA Women’s European Championship qualifiers: group phase matchday 11
  • AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers: group phase matchday 11
  • CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup qualifiers: group phase matchday 11
  • CAF Women’s African Nations Cup qualifiers: group phase matchday 5
  • CONMEBOL Women’s Nations League: league phase matchday 15
  • CAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 5
  • OFC Women’s Nations League: league phase matchday 11
SEP 2020
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282930    
  • UEFA Women’s European Championship qualifiers: group phase matchday 12
  • AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers: group phase matchday 12
  • CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup qualifiers: group phase matchday 12
  • CAF Women’s African Nations Cup qualifiers: group phase matchday 5
  • CONMEBOL Women’s Nations League: league phase matchday 16
  • CAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 5
  • OFC Women’s Nations League: league phase matchday 12
OCT 2020
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  • UEFA Women’s European Championship qualifiers: group phase matchdays 13-14
  • AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers: group phase matchdays 13-14
  • CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup qualifiers: group phase matchdays 13-14
  • CAF Women’s African Nations Cup qualifiers: group phase matchday 6
  • CONMEBOL Women’s Nations League: league phase matchdays 17-18
  • CAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 6
  • OFC Women’s Nations League: league phase matchdays 13-14
NOV 2020
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      01
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30      
  • UEFA Women’s European Championship qualifiers: playoff
  • AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers: playoff [if necessary]
  • CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup qualifiers: playoff [if necessary]
  • CAF Women’s African Nations Cup qualifiers: playoff [if necessary]
  • CONMEBOL Women’s Nations League: elimination phase
  • OFC Women’s Nations League: elimination phase
DEC 2020
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JAN 2021
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FEB 2021
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  • Start of Algarve Cup
MAR 2021
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  • End of Algarve Cup
APR 2021
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MAY 2021
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31      
 
JUN 2021
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282930    
  • Start of UEFA Women’s European Championship
  • Start of AFC Women’s Asian Cup
  • Start of CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup
  • Start of CONMEBOL Women’s Copa América
  • Start of CAF Women’s African Nations Cup
  • Start of OFC Women’s Nations Cup
JUL 2021
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  • End of UEFA Women’s European Championship
  • End of AFC Women’s Asian Cup
  • End of CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup
  • End of CONMEBOL Women’s Copa América
  • End of CAF Women’s African Nations Cup
  • End of OFC Women’s Nations Cup
AUG 2021
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      01
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3031     
  • Women’s World Cup qualifiers
    • UEFA group phase matchday 1
    • AFC preliminary round first leg
    • CONMEBOL group phase matchday 1
    • CAF first preliminary round first leg [if necessary]
    • OFC first group phase matchday 1
SEP 2021
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  • Women’s World Cup qualifiers
    • UEFA group phase matchday 2
    • AFC preliminary round second leg
    • CONMEBOL group phase matchday 2
    • CAF first preliminary round second leg [if necessary]
    • OFC first group phase matchday 2
OCT 2021
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  • Women’s World Cup qualifiers
    • UEFA group phase matchdays 3-4
    • AFC semifinal round matchdays 1-2
    • CONCACAF first preliminary round
    • CONMEBOL group phase matchdays 3-4
    • CAF second preliminary round [if necessary]
    • OFC first group phase matchdays 3-4
NOV 2021
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2930     
  • Women’s World Cup qualifiers
    • UEFA group phase matchdays 5-6
    • AFC semifinal round matchdays 3-4
    • CONCACAF second preliminary round
    • CONMEBOL group phase matchdays 5-6
    • CAF final preliminary round first leg
    • OFC first group phase matchdays 5-6
DEC 2021
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JAN 2022
MTWTFSS
     0102
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24252627282930
31      
  • Women’s World Cup qualifiers
    • UEFA group phase matchdays 7-8
    • AFC semifinal round matchdays 5-6
    • CONCACAF final round matchdays 1-2
    • CONMEBOL group phase matchdays 7-8
    • CAF final preliminary round second leg
    • OFC final round matchdays 1-2
  • CONCACAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchdays 1-2
  • OFC Women’s Challenge Series: matchdays 1-2
FEB 2022
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 010203040506
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28      
  • Women’s World Cup qualifiers
    • UEFA group phase matchday 9
    • AFC final round matchday 1
    • CONCACAF final round matchday 3
    • CONMEBOL group phase matchday 9
    • CAF group phase matchday 1
    • OFC final round matchday 3
  • AFC Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 1
  • CONCACAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 3
  • CAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 1
  • OFC Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 3
MAR 2022
MTWTFSS
 010203040506
07080910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   
  • Women’s World Cup qualifiers
    • UEFA group phase matchday 10
    • AFC final round matchday 2
    • CONCACAF final round matchday 4
    • CONMEBOL group phase matchday 10
    • CAF group phase matchday 1
    • OFC final round matchday 4
  • AFC Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 2
  • CONCACAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 4
  • CAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 1
  • OFC Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 4
APR 2022
MTWTFSS
    010203
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11121314151617
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252627282930 
  • Women’s World Cup qualifiers
    • UEFA group phase matchdays 11-12
    • AFC final round matchdays 3-4
    • CONCACAF final round matchdays 5-6
    • CONMEBOL group phase matchdays 11-12
    • CAF group phase matchday 2
    • OFC final round matchdays 5-6
  • AFC Women’s Challenge Series: matchdays 3-4
  • CONCACAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchdays 5-6
  • CAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 2
  • OFC Women’s Challenge Series: matchdays 5-6
MAY 2022
MTWTFSS
      01
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3031     
 
JUN 2022
MTWTFSS
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13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930   
  • Women’s World Cup qualifiers
    • UEFA group phase matchdays 13-14
    • AFC final round matchdays 5-6
    • CONCACAF final round matchdays 7-8
    • CONMEBOL group phase matchdays 13-14
    • CAF group phase matchday 3
    • OFC final round matchdays 7-8
  • AFC Women’s Challenge Series: matchdays 5-6
  • CONCACAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchdays 7-8
  • CAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 3
  • OFC Women’s Challenge Series: matchdays 7-8
JUL 2022
MTWTFSS
    010203
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25262728293031
 
AUG 2022
MTWTFSS
01020304050607
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22232425262728
293031    
  • Women’s World Cup qualifiers
    • UEFA group phase matchdays 15-16
    • AFC final round matchdays 7-8
    • CONCACAF final round matchdays 9-10
    • CONMEBOL group phase matchdays 15-16
    • CAF group phase matchday 4
    • OFC final round matchdays 9-10
  • AFC Women’s Challenge Series: matchdays 7-8
  • CONCACAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchdays 9-10
  • CAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 4
  • OFC Women’s Challenge Series: matchdays 9-10
SEP 2022
MTWTFSS
   01020304
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OCT 2022
MTWTFSS
     0102
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24252627282930
31      
  • Women’s World Cup qualifiers
    • UEFA playoff semifinals
    • AFC final round matchdays 9-10
    • CONCACAF playoff
    • CONMEBOL group phase matchdays 17-18
    • CAF group phase matchday 5
    • OFC final round matchdays 11-12
  • AFC Women’s Challenge Series: matchdays 9-10
  • CAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 5
  • OFC Women’s Challenge Series: matchdays 11-12
NOV 2022
MTWTFSS
 010203040506
07080910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930    
  • Women’s World Cup qualifiers
    • UEFA playoff final
    • AFC playoff
    • CONCACAF/​CONMEBOL playoff
    • CAF group phase matchday 6
    • OFC final round matchdays 13-14
  • CAF Women’s Challenge Series: matchday 6
  • OFC Women’s Challenge Series: matchdays 13-14
DEC 2022
MTWTFSS
   01020304
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262728293031 
 
JAN 2023
MTWTFSS
      01
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3031     
 
FEB 2023
MTWTFSS
  0102030405
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13141516171819
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2728     
  • Start of Algarve Cup
MAR 2023
MTWTFSS
  0102030405
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2728293031  
  • End of Algarve Cup
APR 2023
MTWTFSS
     0102
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MAY 2023
MTWTFSS
01020304050607
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293031    
 
JUN 2023
MTWTFSS
   01020304
05060708091011
12131415161718
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2627282930  
  • Start of Women’s World Cup
JUL 2023
MTWTFSS
     0102
03040506070809
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31      
  • End of Women’s World Cup

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