FIFA is exploring the possibilities of staging the men’s and women’s World Cups every two years after it was raised at the governing body’s annual congress on Friday. The proposal was brought to light by the Saudi Arabia Football Federation (SAFF) at the annual congress of FIFA. SAFF and FIFA will be launching a feasibility study into the ramifications of such a move.
Although a study does not guarantee the changes will be implemented if FIFA does decide to go ahead with the plan it is likely to have a severe impact on regional tournaments, such as the European Championship and Copa America.
However, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has said that the investigation would not be rushed. Infantino said, “We have to go into these studies with an open mind but we are not going to take decisions which will jeopardise what we are [already] doing. We know about the value of the World Cup, believe me.”
If changes are made then the quality of football is definitely going to suffer. Many managers including the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have time and time again complained about the players not being able to cope up physically as they are playing too many matches. Both managers had strongly opposed the new proposal made by UEFA to expand the Champions League since it doesn’t consider the welfare of players.
The next edition of the World Cup will be played next year in Qatar, while the women’s tournament will go ahead in 2023 in Australia/New Zealand. There are some serious allegations against Qatar violating human rights during the preparations for the World Cup. The middle-east countries are growing to be very unpopular amongst the footballing community and the corruption charges on Ex-FIFA President have further cemented the fact that the Middle-east countries have been concluding controversial deals in football.
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