Israel games moved to November by FIFA


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Oct 23 (Reuters) – Four matches involving Israel men’s and women’s national teams have been rescheduled for November, world soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Monday.

UEFA postponed all matches scheduled in the country earlier this month due to the Israel-Hamas conflict.

The rescheduled games will be played as close as possible to the existing November international windows, FIFA said.

The Kosovo v Israel and Israel v Switzerland Euro 2024 Group I qualifiers will now take place on Nov. 12 and Nov. 15 respectively.

Israel’s away game against Kazakhstan in the Women’s Nations League has been rescheduled to Nov. 23 and the reverse fixture will be played on Nov. 26.

At the request of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, FIFA has also approved an exception regarding the mandatory release of players for the rescheduled matches, it said.

“Mandatory release would apply for a maximum of one player per any club not affiliated to either of the participating member associations of a given match,” the statement read.

The release period would begin two days before the match in question, FIFA added.

Reporting by Anita Kobylinska in Gdansk; Editing by Ken Ferris

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