FIFA’s chief of global football development, Arsene Wenger, is the driving force behind plans to hold a World Cup finals every two years. It will happen instead of four. Also, former England players Michael Owen and John Terry are invited to Qatar. They will meet Wenger as part of FIFA’s consultation process.
FIFA will reveal more details on Thursday about its plans to hold a World Cup finals every two years.
Some of the most famous former players and coaches in the game have a meeting. FIFA global head of football development, Arsene Wenger, in Qatar over the next two days to listen to his plans for the future of football.
Wenger wants to change the international match calendar so that there are major tournaments every summer and fewer qualifying games during the year.
Former England players John Terry and Michael Owen are among those who have been invited to Doha to meet Wenger as part of FIFA’s consultation process.
Although the proposals are set to be opposed by UEFA. Also, the clubs and players in Western Europe will not agree. They could prove to be popular in the rest of the world.
166 of FIFA’s 211 member associations voted to carry out a feasibility study into the proposals. First, put forward in March by the Saudi Arabia Football Federation.
All 211 FIFA members are likely to vote on the proposals before the end of the year. Also, they are endorsed, the World Cup finals could be held every two years from the summer of 2028.
The World Cup is FIFA’s main source of income. Also, it is unlike UEFA, it does not have lucrative competitions such as the Champions League. And to provide it with a steady stream of revenues all year.
Speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe last week, Wenger said there would not be more games under his plans. And also players would be guaranteed at least 25 rest days every summer. Players would also spend more time at their clubs because there would only be a maximum block of two qualifying match periods every year.
“But I also know that things like The Hundred in cricket have been an incredible success, so I’m open-minded about some of those things. But the calendar generally needs to be tidied up. We can’t keep adding more things in.
“I agree generally with the concept of better quality matches. Fewer matches, better quality across the board. But there are lots of other things that need consideration and we can’t just add more in at the moment.”
Southgate refused to offer his own opinion on whether he believes the plans would be a success. Also, he would like the players themselves to have a say on proposals.
“We keep adding more competitions in and I’m intrigued to see what comes out to allow that space. Also, need to happen because we can’t keep adding onto the workload of the players,” he added.