FIFA to carry out study on holding World Cup every two years

FIFA to carry out study on holding World Cup every two years

 

 

 

FIFA will carry out a feasibility study on holding the
World Cup and the women’s World Cup every
two years after backing a proposal at its annual congress on
Friday.
The two competitions are currently held every four years but
the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) put forward a
proposal for a study of the impact of switching to every two
years.
“We believe the future of football is at a critical juncture. The
many issues that football has faced have now been further
exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic,” said SAFF president
Yasser Al-Misehal.
“It is time to review how the global game is structured and to
consider what is best for the future of our sport. This should
include whether the current four year cycle remains the

optimum basis for how football is managed both from a
competition and commercial perspective,” he added.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino called it an “eloquent and
detailed proposal” with 166 national federations voting in
favour with 22 voting against.
Speaking after the congress, Infantino told reporters that the
study would look at the competitions within the context of the
review of the overall international match calendar.
“It doesn’t matter right now what I think, it matters what
results the study is coming up with,” he said.
“We have to go into this study with an open mind… we know
about the value of the World Cup believe me, we know as well
about the impact that the World Cup can have.”
But Infantino questioned whether the current system of
regular qualifiers throughout a year ahead of a continental
championships and World Cups was the best model.
“Do we really think this is the right way for football when we
are hearing that fans say they want more meaningful games,
less meaningless games, all of these points have to be
considered.
“We will discuss it, we will analyse it but we will, in all
discussions, put the sporting element as a priority not the
commercial element,” he said, saying he knew that holding
twice as many World Cups would not mean doubling the
revenue.

Source: Football – Fairplay News

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