FIFA to consult football associations on biennial World Cup proposal

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FIFA has invited
football’s domestic governing bodies to an online summit on September 30 to
discuss its controversial proposal to hold the World Cup every two years
instead of four.

The topic is set to be discussed with FIFA’s member
associations as part of plans to reform the international calendar.

“There is a broad consensus within the game that the
international match calendar should be reformed and improved,” FIFA said
in a statement Monday.

“Following invitations to stakeholders, including all
confederations, at the beginning of September, discussions are being organised
in the coming weeks.

“FIFA also invited its member associations to a first
online summit on 30 September 2021. This is one of several opportunities to
establish a constructive and open debate, at a global and regional level, over
the coming months.”

The proposal for a biennial World Cup was revived in March
by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, now head of global football
development at FIFA.

The idea would be to have an international tournament each
year from 2025-2026, alternating World Cups and continental tournaments like
the European Championship and Copa America.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is fiercely opposed to the
proposal and threatened that European nations would boycott a biennial World
Cup.

South American confederation CONMEBOL said the project had
“no sporting justification”.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has promised decisions on
staging a World Cup every two years would be made by the end of the year.

Last week FIFA published an online poll that claimed a
majority of football fans support the idea of a “more frequent” World
Cup.

The results of the survey came in stark contrast to the
opposition of numerous national supporters groups worldwide.

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