By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
All football governing bodies have been invited by FIFA online for a summit to discuss biennial World Cup plans and the international calendar on September 30.
One of the major issues to be discussed is the possibility of having FIFA’s World Cup every two years, which would mean a major finals every year.
An official statement from FIFA stated that:
“There is a broad consensus within the game that the International Match Calendar should be reformed and improved.
“Following invitations to stakeholders, including all confederations at the beginning of September, discussions are being organised in the coming weeks.
“This is one of several opportunities to establish a constructive and open debate, at a global and regional level, over the coming months and FIFA is looking forward to it.
“As this is a football project, in which the global interests of football should come first, this process started with players and coaches from all over the world. The debate will also involve fans from around the globe.
“FIFA is committed to being a forum for meaningful debate by engaging with a wide range of stakeholders including fans and looks forward to discussions on the sustainable growth of football in all regions of the world, at all levels.” , the statement concluded.
This idea was led by chief of global football development, Arsene Wenger, who wants the World Cup to shift format and take place every two years.
Arsene Wenger proposed having the World Cup biennially, believing that a World Cup every two years will give more players a chance to play in it. (File Photo)
Apparently, many member associations are against the idea. UEFA and CONMEBOL are in disagreement with Arsene Wenger’s idea. FIFA have now invited the pair – along with all other member associations and league representatives, to discuss matters further.