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European clubs call for rest periods in international calendar

European clubs want mandatory rest periods inserted into the international calendar to give players more time to recover from games and train, the head of their association said on Tuesday.

He said the ECA would press for "an overall reduction of games including mandatory rest periods", for the next international calendar, starting in 2024.

The international match calendar, which is drawn up by world soccer's ruling body FIFA, co-ordinates fixtures around the globe, allocating dates for international matches and tournaments to avoid clashes with domestic competitions.

The current match calendar runs until 2024 and allows for eight to 10 internationals per year in addition to major tournaments such as the World Cup, European championship and Copa America.

Top players can easily play 60 to 70 games in a season for their clubs and national teams and Agnelli demanded that clubs be consulted before the next calendar is drafted.

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