Players to get rest before World Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

The governing body of world soccer FIFA has altered its competition calendar in 2006 to give players a break before the World Cup finals.

Players to get rest before World Cup

Zurich:

The governing body of world soccer FIFA has altered its competition calendar in 2006 to give players a break before the World Cup finals. FIFA said on Thursday that all league and cup play will end on May 14, which will be followed by an eight-day rest period. The period May 23 to June 8 was designated for World Cup preparation, with the opening of the World Cup finals in Germany on June 9. To accommodate the changes, FIFA said the UEFA Cup and Champions League finals would also be moved forward a week. The UEFA Cup final will be played May 17 and the Champions League final May 24. "The view of the technical experts in world football is very clear," FIFA said in a statement. "Players, especially internationals, are taking part in too many matches." FIFA acknowledged that the level of play fell in the 2002 World Cup and the 2004 European Championship "as a likely consequence of the increase in matches." (AP)

Topics : Football
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