FIFA has indicated that it intends to have World Cup every two years, but the Premier League wants to avoid “any drastic changes” to the schedule. According to The Athletic football news FIFA’s proposal for a biannual men’s World Cup has been met with unified opposition from English football tournament – Premier League teams.
While the notion of holding a World Cup every two years had been floated before, it gained pace in July when former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and now FIFA’s head of global football development openly endorsed the proposal.
Wenger stated that a biannual World Cup is “what the fans want,” and FIFA initiated a feasibility study although the plans have been widely panned. While players and managers have widely questioned the appropriateness of such a change to the football schedule the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has expressed reservations.
The Premier League has now added its collective voice to the debate, due to concerns about player welfare and domestic football, criticizing FIFA’s recommendations – which included the lengthening of international windows.
A Premier League statement confirmed none of the 20 Premier League clubs was in favour of a World Cup every two years, while CEO Richard Masters said: “The Premier League is committed to preventing any radical changes to the post-2024 FIFA International Match Calendar that would adversely affect player welfare and threaten the competitiveness, calendar, structures and traditions of domestic football.”
“We are open to reforms and new ideas, but they must enhance the complementary balance between domestic and international football in order to improve the game at all levels. This process should also involve meaningful agreements with the leagues that provide the foundations for the game. We will continue to work with supporter groups, players, domestic and international stakeholders to find solutions that are in the best interests of football’s long-term future.”
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