FIFA is considering holding the World Cup every 3 years

BERLIN: FIFA is considering holding the World Cup finals every three years, instead of the current four-year system, according to British news on Wednesday. Reports have indicated that these plans come after plans to hold the World Cup every two years were postponed. The British newspapers (The Guardian) and (Daily Mail) have said that holding the World Cup every 3 years could receive the support of African and Asian confederations for the game, and will be part of a radical change in the international meeting agenda annuals. matches after 2030. The next World Cup in 2026 could see further expansion, in it, after FIFA’s decision to increase the number of teams participating in the tournament from 32 to 48. It was decided that the teams participating in that edition, hosted by the United States of America, Canada and Mexico, will be distributed in 16 groups, with 3 teams each, but proposals have recently appeared regarding the formation of groups of 4 teams, which means the distribution of participants in 12 groups. If this proposal is implemented, the number of matches in the World Cup will go from 64 matches, as is the case now, to 104 matches. All of these plans are expected to boost FIFA’s revenue, which has reportedly turned a profit record of around $7.5 billion from the 2022 Qatar World Cup, which ended last Sunday. FIFA distributes the vast majority of its profits to its 211 member associations. The Swiss Gianni Infantino, president of Fifa, who could stay in office until 2031, also announced the establishment of the World for club with the participation of 32 teams, starting with the competitive version in 2025. It should be noted that the World Cup finals are held every 4 years since the launch of its first version in 2025. 1930, and FIFA put forward the idea of ​​holding it every two years, but this proposal was met with a strong refusal by the South American and European federations, which also oppose the idea of ​​holding the competition every 3 years. (dpa)