FIFA Considers Proposal To Stage World Cup Every Two Years

FIFA  Considers Proposal To Stage World Cup Every Two Years

CONMEBOL have put forward a proposal to Fifa arguing that the World Cup should take place every two years rather than four, president Alejandro Dominguez Wilson-Smith has confirmed.

While there have been discussions about expanding the Uefa Nations League to South American countries, and the latter are open to that, the federation chief has put on the table an alternative suggestion that the World Cup changes its cycle.

It was an idea previously raised by former Fifa president Sepp Blatter, only to be dismissed at the time, but Dominguez argues that the change would make sense both economically for the game and in terms of players’ careers, as they would have more opportunities to appear in the sport’s great showpiece.

“I always say we we have to work together and never say ‘no’, I always say ‘why not?’” Dominguez said in an interview ahead of Saturday’s Copa Libertadores final in Buenos Aires.


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“By saying that, we always will support an idea like that, or a proposal like we have done to Fifa, to do the World Cup every two years and not every four.

“Instead of having a Nations League in between, we can just go ahead every year and do a World Cup that is for everyone, for the players because at the moment sometimes they could play four World Cups if we move to a two-year cycle. If we stay with this format, many players could not play more than two.

“So we see an opportunity there and there is a proposal put forward to Fifa to take it over and say whether it is a global Nations League or is there an opportunity to play World Cup every two years. I would say there are many other solutions, we can move to Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South America (without such a long wait). In terms of economics, I would say Fifa could make money, to give more money.”

COMMENTS

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  • This on the surface appears a nice suggestion. But wouldn’t it drain up the players considering there would be no more intervals between international tournaments?

  • Dr. Drey 3 weeks ago

    This is all rather confusing…! So when will the continental competitions take place and when will players have time to rest, if every summer there’s gonna be an AFCON, World cup, or nations league to play.

  • This would be it–provision of ultimate pleasure for soccer fans and hosting nations. There is no strain with this proposal. Soccer players in super leagues play every week. It is feasible to hold this grand show every two years. As the technology of AI and robotics grow, the burden of human labour to generate wealth for survival lessens, and people need more avenues for entertainment. And soccer presents the greatest entertainment ever. Let’s go for it. Greater chance for an African nation to win the WC.

    • Ashy Slashy 3 weeks ago

      You have said it all Achi.

      There will always be arguments for and against this proposal as with any other proposals.
      The part of the article I really like is the part that goes ‘I always say we we have to work together and never say ‘no’, I always say ‘why not?’.
      Of course Achi, why not?
      Of course, once the proposal is put before the relevant committee in Fifa and the full arguments on both sides have been heard, then an informed decision will be taken.
      I don’t find the proposal confusing in any way shape or form.

  • darey 3 weeks ago

    woow wat a tym to be alive and a soccer fan…..may dis proposal see d light of day o

  • Isaac 3 weeks ago

    Having the world cup every two years is a welcome idea. It benefits everybody even for Africa as this would provide more opportunity for African countries to to do well in the tourney. And as for the players, they will get more chances to play in the mundial. The tournament does not take time so they can always have some time rest before the commencement of club football seasons. 

  • PeePee 3 weeks ago

    I subscribe for this. Sure, it will be a fantastic idea to have the world cup played every two years.
    In order to make it work, each continent should organize their continental championships like AFCON the following year and it will also double as a world cup qualifier(for instance, the best five teams in the AFCON qualifies for the world cup). After every tournament, there should be a universal break for let’s say 3 weeks to allow the players recover before the preseason starts.

    • Isaac 3 weeks ago

      FIFA does not recognize Olympics. country that wants to participate in the Olympics if it clashes with FIFA World Cup calender should use different set of players for that.

  • I think this is a gambit to wrestle football from the Olympics. We never have the world cup and the Olympics in the same year. The last world cup was 2014, then Olympics two years later: 2016, then world cup 2018, then Olympics 2020, WC 2022.

    In practice, all regional competitions can be held in years ending in odd numbers (2019, 2021, 2023 etc) but what happened when the Olympics is being held? At the moment the Olympic squads are made up of players aged 23 or under with three over aged players. if the WC are held in the same year (same time?) as the Olympics, then which will the over aged players play in the WC or the Olympics??

    If this can be worked out, then player fatigue can be taken care of by having a full month of rest before the club football season starts with an extended one or two weeks for players that participated in the WC

  • Steve Osuoha 3 weeks ago

    Am for it , football is all about entertainment and I can’t see it killing any player if the continental cup /qualifiers are used as basis to pick the best five from each continent for the world cup .Let give it a chance.

  • Steve 3 weeks ago

    Am for it , football is all about entertainment and I can’t see it killing any player if the continental cup /qualifiers are used as basis to pick the best five from each continent for the world cup .Let give it a chance.