UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin believes that the biennial World Cup will cannibalize women’s football if they were held in the same year as the Women’s World Cup. The European football governing body as well as CONMEBOL, their South-American counterpart have opposed the idea of a biennial World Cup. Recently, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that a World Cup every two years would add an extra $4.4 billion into football and FIFA.
“Europe and South America are against (the plan) and those are the only (continents with) World Cup winners in history. The problem is that the World Cup has to be every four years to be interesting,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said about plans of a biennial World Cup. “Second, if it would be every two years, it would cannibalize women’s football because it would be at the same year as the women’s football (World Cup), other sports, the Olympic Games – many mistakes. It’s simply a bad idea and it will not happen because it is a bad idea, not because we are opposing it.”
“Why are the Olympic Games every four years? Because it’s an event that you have to look forward (to), that you have to wait (for), and you have to enjoy it,” he added. “And it’s the biggest football event – it has to be every four years. But it’s very clear – 75% of fans around the world reject the idea (of a biennial World Cup).”