UEFA criticises FIFA for lack of consultation on ‘radical’ World Cup proposals

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

UEFA on it’s critisms against FIFA on discussing the submissions of the chief of global football development, Arsene Wenger, on promoting the idea for the World Cup to shift format and take place every two years, has demanded for a thorough consultation on this radical world cup change proposal.

In a statement released today Wednesday 22nd September by UEFA, it criticised FIFA’s lack of consultation on a “potential radical move”.

The statement read: “In May 2021, the FIFA Congress mandated the FIFA administration to conduct a study into the feasibility of a Men’s and Women’s World Cup every two years,”

“UEFA assumes that the word “feasibility” encompasses all effects and consequences and includes all issues relating to the calendar, formats and access of the final and preliminary competitions; the impact on existing club and national team competitions, their sporting and commercial opportunities; the impact on players’ physical and mental health; the impact on fans, their desire to see more frequent tournaments of this standing, the sustainability for them of more frequent travelling and the impact on the broad football eco-system, by which we mean assessing the balance of opportunities that national teams from all 211 FIFA member associations would have to develop in such a radically changed scenario.”

The statement continued, : “We are grateful for the attention reserved to the UEFA European Championship, with the proposed double frequency of its final event, but we prefer to address such a sensitive matter with a comprehensive rather than speculative approach.

“UEFA is disappointed with the methodology adopted, which has so far led to radical reform projects being communicated and openly promoted before having been given, together with other stakeholders, the chance to participate in any consultation meeting.”

“UEFA is of the opinion that the future of the international calendar should be the subject of genuine consultation and exchange between FIFA, the confederations and key stakeholders of competitions, kicking off with an open discussion on perceived problems and considering a range of solutions that will be identified in the course of the debate, taking into account the interest of the game and the legitimate point of view of the different parties,” the statement concluded.

UEFA’s aim apparently, is for a clear thorough consultations before implementing any submission.