Arsene Wenger, director of development of the International Football Association (FIFA), suggested organizing the World Cup every two years, in an interview with the specialized French newspaper, L’Equipe, published on Friday.
“The beginning will be the qualifying round, every year and at the end of the year (staging) of a major tournament, the World Cup or a continental tournament. Between the two qualifying windows, the player will remain in his club throughout the year, “said the former Arsenal manager.
And Wenger, 71, added: “There should be less diversity in the calendar between periods club and those of national teams, and therefore reduce the travel between continents for players, for example “, explaining this by applying a unique international window system, for example in October, with fewer games in the playoffs.
“For the players, there will be no more matches and there will be a mandatory rest period after the finals, with a minimum of 25 days, in my mind,” he promised.
The new system should come in in force “starting from 2028”, two years after the end of the 2026 World Cup, underlined Wenger, stressing that “there is no financial intention behind the idea, especially as FIFA redistributes the money to all the federations in the world.” world for the development of football in the country.
He concluded, hoping that the decision will be made next December, “it is a global project for men’s football, but also for women’s football and for youth competitions”.
Interestingly, the FIFA General Assembly approved last May the Saudi Federation’s proposal to instruct the executive management of FIFA to study the feasibility of organizing the World Cup every two years instead of four, as has been the case since start of the competition in 1930.
The proposal obtained the approval of 166 members against the rejection of another 22, while a majority of 95 votes was required out of 209 federations entitled to vote.
The former president, currently arrested on corruption charges, the Swiss Sepp Blatter had proposed this idea about two decades ago, and then reiterated it in 2018 by FIFA vice president, president of the South American Confederation, Alejandro Dominguez, who is close to the president of the Swiss FIFA Gianni Infantino.
With his arrival at the top of the football pyramid, Infantino insisted on increasing the number of participants in the World Cup from 32 current teams, to 48 in the 2026 edition. in program between the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The next edition of the World Cup will take place in Qatar, for the first time in Middle East, with the participation of 32 teams between November and December 2022.
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