Slovenian President of the European Football Association (UEFA) Aleksandar Ceferin said organizing the World Cup every two years, as suggested by French coach Arsene Wenger, would reduce the value of the tournament. The former Arsenal manager, who is currently director of development at the “FIFA” International Federation, called on Saturday to play the World Cup every two years instead of every four years, as has been the case since 1930, except for periods canceled due to of the Second World War. “We believe that the essence of the World Cup lies in its value as a one-of-a-kind event,” Ceferin said at the ECA congress. He added: “But keeping it every two years will lead, in our opinion, to more randomness, to become less legitimate and to dilute the World Cup itself.” “The international match calendar does not need this, our players do not need to consume them more and more during the summer instead of resting and having the opportunity to recover,” added the UEFA president. The European Union has repeatedly opposed the idea of holding the World Cup every two years and in previously announced an updated version of the European Nations League adding 100 games per season. For her part, former US manager Jill Ellis said she was open to anything when asked about the idea of organizing the Women’s World Cup every two years.
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