Qualified for the next World Cup, the France team will have only nine outings to honor by the Qatari deadline in November 2022.
Mission accomplished for Blues who on Saturday night crushed Kazakhstan (8-0) to join the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (from November 21 to December 18). Until then, Didier Deschamps’ men will not have a lot of opportunities to prepare. Including Tuesday night’s game against Finland – final meeting of the playoffs which will give rise to a large turn over – the Blues will play only nine times before the high mass next fall.
Most of these parts will be dedicated to the 2022-2023 edition of the League of Nations. That is four matches scheduled for June 2022 on the slots of June 2-4, 5-8, 8-11 and 12-14. Plus two in September over the periods from 22 to 24 and from 25 to 27. The other international window scheduled to open in March (from 21 to 29), with for the 2018 world champions a very likely participation in a tournament friendly in Qatar.
A tight 2022 schedule
To date, the FFF is very much in favor of this option, which will bring together four major world nations to play the game of a full-scale dress rehearsal. This a few days before the draw for the first phase of the competition, the 1is April. The Blues would therefore play their two other pre-World Cup meetings there. No date is available between the international break of September 2022 and the start of the World Cup since the clubs will not release their players before November 15, barely a week before the curtain rises.