FIFA have agreed a final proposal of dates for the 2006-2008 international match calendar.
FIFA's committee for women's football agreed yesterday on a final proposal of dates for the coordinated women's international match calendar for the 2006-2008 period, the first time that this has happened.
Apart from matches in FIFA and confederation events, whether in preliminary rounds or final competitions, the committee also stressed the importance of friendly matches.
The Committee stressed that women's international football is still not played widely enough and it called for an increase in friendly matches, setting aside ten dates for such matches.
In line with the coordinated international match calendar in the men's game, the release periods for female national team players have also been clearly defined.
The committee's proposal will require the approval of the FIFA executive committee before it can be adopted.
In other matters, the committee also gave its backing to a proposal regarding the possible creation of a new FIFA women's competition at youth level in line with the U-17 competition in the men's game.
As part of a major project to develop women's refereeing and in readiness for the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007, FIFA has selected 24 female referees from the six confederations. These referees officiated at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
Finally, the committee received a detailed update on the preparations for the next FIFA women's football events - the FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship Russia 2006, the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 and the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008 - with presentations from the Local Organising Committees (LOCs) in Russia and China.