The International Football Federation (FIFA) called a summit for December 20 with the aim of studying “the future of football” and especially its controversial proposal to organize the World Cup every two years instead of every four, announced the organization with headquarters. in Zurich this Wednesday.
The 211 associations that make up FIFA will meet in videoconference “to discuss the future of football after having been informed in detail about the consultation process on the matter,” FIFA explained.
The body that directs world football, which launched a feasibility study since May 2021 on the possibility of the World Cup happening on a biennial frequency, “listens to all opinions in an inclusive and exhaustive consultation process,” he said in a statement. the president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino.
The virtual summit will “aim to reach an agreement” on the international calendar and the distribution of the windows of national team matches and the periods in which the players are at the disposal of their clubs, says FIFA.
The project of a biennial World Cup, promoted by FIFA, has generated different resistance among the players, who denounce the increase in the frequency of matches. Clubs also fear being deprived of their footballers for longer, and sectors of the fans are wary of the possibility that soccer’s star competition will be somewhat devalued. (AFP)