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When do European teams return to action after the FIFA World Cup? – discovers when Europe’s top clubs will return to the field after the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup on 18 December.
The FIFA World Cup final takes place on Sunday 18 December, but there will be little let-up in the action as many clubs from Europe’s biggest leagues return to domestic duties before the end of the calendar year.
Europe’s women’s clubs have been in action throughout the World Cup, with the final UEFA Women’s Champions League games of the year scheduled for 21 and 22 December.
The first UEFA games of 2023 will be in the UEFA European Under-19 Futsal Championship on 18 January, while the first outdoor matches of the new year in UEFA’s club competitions will be on 7 February in the UEFA Youth League, when Young Boys take on Salzburg and Hibernian welcome Dortmund in their one-legged play-off games.
A week later, on Tuesday 14 February, the UEFA Champions League returns as Paris face Bayern and AC Milan take on Tottenham in the first games of the round of 16.
The UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League return on Thursday 16 February.
Many European domestic competitions go into hibernation over the winter, but plenty of club sides will be back in action before the end of the year. There are English League Cup games featuring top-flight sides scheduled for 20 December, and games involving Spain’s top clubs in the Copa del Rey the same day.
See when Europe’s top 20 leagues return to action here.
Leagues are listed in country coefficient order
England: 26 December (League Cup games from 20 December)
Spain: 29 December (Copa del Rey games from 20 December)
Germany: 20 January
Italy: 4 January
France: 28 December
Netherlands: 6 January
Portugal: 28 December
Belgium: 23 December (Belgian Cup games from 20 December)
Scotland: 15 December
Austria: 10 February (Austrian Cup games from 3 February)
Serbia: 4 February
Türkiye: 23 December (Turkish Cup games from 20 December)
Switzerland: 21 January
Czechia: 28 January
Norway: 10 April
Ukraine: 4 March
Denmark: 17 February
Croatia: 18 January
Greece: 21 December (Greek Cup games from 14 December)
Israel: 17 December (Israeli Cup games from 12 December)

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