The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has proposed major changes to its program after 2024. The World Cup is planned to be held every 2-2 years. FIFA’s proposal comes amid fears that the players will be overburdened and the importance of the competition will diminish.
FIFA’s 71st Congress has decided by a majority to move forward with a two-year World Cup for both men and women. FIFA has not set a deadline. But the World Cup is the biggest source of revenue for FIFA.
The Men’s World Cup has been held every 4-4 years since 1930 and the Women’s World Cup since 1991. FIFA’s head of football development, Arsene Wenger, suggested last March that the European Championships and other major competitions be held in two years, in addition to the World Cup. The organizers of the European League have already called it an impractical proposal. There are 37 leagues in Europe. But FIFA published Wenger’s proposal as a report last year. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said he is open-minded about changing the structure of world football in 2024. He described Wenger’s proposal as “very attractive”.
The World Cup, which takes place every 2-2 years, will be attractive for live broadcasters. But federations, leagues and clubs have criticized the players for putting too much pressure on them. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola responded: “We have to ask FIFA and UEFA for 400 more days each year.”
It will also increase the number of games of choice and will require more rest for international games each year. It is feared that this will also hamper the popularity of the domestic league. After 2024, UEFA is also changing the structure of the Champions League. Accordingly, there will be a hundred more games. This will increase the fear of injuring the players on the club.
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