Boyce in favour of reduction

Image: Boyce: The Fifa vice-president has hinted at a reduction in friendlies

Jim Boyce, Britain's Fifa vice-president, admits there could be a reduction in 'meaningless' international games.

But club demands for six friendlies are unreasonable

Jim Boyce, Britain's Fifa vice-president, admits there could be a reduction in 'meaningless' international friendlies, but thinks European club demands for only six is unreasonable. The European Club Association wants smaller qualifying groups or the scrapping of friendlies in order to have fewer internationals. Boyce said talks would be held later in September between the heads of the European associations, and that some dates such as the August friendly may be scraped. He said: "International football is still very important for countries, and it is also important for supporters to have the opportunity to watch their national teams play.

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"There have been a lot of meaningless friendlies recently, played at times of the year when players don't really want to play and clubs don't want to release their players. "I understand clubs feeling the way they do, but it is still very important that a compromise can be reached which satisfies them but still maintains the importance of internationals. "Certainly some of the friendly dates have to stop but the clubs must also understand that for many associations the internationals are their lifeblood in terms of income. "The European associations are meeting later this month and what they are going to possibly look at is the friendly date in August, which causes a lot of problems." Former Irish FA president Boyce said the meeting would also investigate whether it would be better to merge the November and March friendly dates into back-to-back games.

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