"It's not a ban, but a recommendation," said Per Renstrom, the association's physician. "It's up to the players, but during a shorter period we think that handshakes should be avoided."
The recommendation is effective immediately. It affects all men's and women's players in Sweden.
Renstrom, a former sports medicine professor at the University of Vermont, said it's up to team leaders to recommend if handshakes should be avoided during World Cup qualifiers.
There has been one case in Sweden with several players from one team sidelined with H1N1 flu. But no first-division side has reported any cases.
-- The Associated Press