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Fifa claims survey backs its plans to stage World Cup every two years but major European leagues not keen

2021-09-17 05:03:00 PM

Fifa claims survey backs its plans to stage World Cup every two years but major European leagues not keen

A majority of fans would support a men’s soccer World Cup more frequently than every four years, according to a survey commissioned by world football governing body Fifa. A biennial tournament is part of Fifa’s plans for a revamped football calendar.

Younger generations in all regions are more open and interested in change than older generationsFifaIt used polling company YouGov to commission a poll involving 23 000 people in 23 countries, across the organisation’s six confederations. Of those, 15 000 respondents “were identified as expressing an interest in football and the Fifa World Cup”, with 55% in favour of a World Cup every one, two or three years.

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Of those three options, a biennial tournament was the most popular.However, the most popular answer across all age groups was to maintain the status quo of holding the event every four years.“There are considerable differences between the so-called traditional markets and the developing football markets, and younger generations in all regions are more open and interested in change than older generations,” Fifa said in a statement this week.

It added that an expanded survey involving 100 000 people in more than 100 countries was under way. Fifa launched a feasibility study into a biennial men’s and women’s World Cups following a proposal from the Saudi Arabian football federation in May.READ:  headtopics.com

Some of the Nigerian stars who will be in the LaLiga spotlight this seasonThe consultation process is being led by former Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger, who is Fifa’s head of global football development. Wenger believes the current four-year cycle is outdated and that a biennial World Cup with shorter qualification stages would actually reduce the amount of matches players are expected to play.

He also thinks it would offer better opportunities to players from smaller nations, and generate more revenues that could be invested globally in the game.The EPL, EFL and SPFL have confirmed their opposition as part of their membership of the European League and World League forums, which have issued statements saying they “firmly and unanimously opposed” to the plans.

Important for the discussions and deliberations to continue taking place, in an open-minded manner and with the objective of doing what is in the best interest of all member AssociationsCAFUefa and South American confederation Conmebol have both rejected the idea, while world players’ union Fifpro has voiced concerns about player workloads and warned the proposals would not have any legitimacy without the support of its members.

However, the Asian Football Confederation welcomed the consultation process while the North, Central America and Caribbean football confederation Concacaf said it was studying the plans.CAF also said it was “important for the discussions and deliberations to continue taking place, in an open-minded manner and with the objective of doing what is in the best interest of all member Associations, the Confederations, football players and other stakeholders worldwide”. headtopics.com

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The men’s World Cup has been held every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 because of World War II.The women’s tournament has also been every four years since it began in 1991. Read more: City Press »

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