The idea of reducing the period between the world championships from the usual 4 years to two is not new. But lately it has been more and more actively discussed in the press, giving rise to a lot of news feeds of varying degrees of competence.
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A kind of probing the ground for the loyalty of the football community to such a radical innovation predictably ran into a rather sharp reaction: in particular, UEFA representatives made it clear that they would react extremely radically to the desire to change the existing foundations. And for greater seriousness, they loudly banged their fists on the table and threatened to quit FIFA.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino had previously said that the main football organization is not only considering the option of holding the World Cup every two years instead of a four-year cycle, but is also actively exploring the possibility of translating this idea into reality.
In turn, former Arsenal manager and head of FIFA’s global development Arsene Wenger proposed a new calendar: it provides for a decrease in the number of breaks for matches for national teams and the introduction of one or two longer “windows” to shorten the qualifying process. Based on the voiced idea, the world championships can be held alternately with continental championships (European Championship, Copa America, etc.). Also, a prerequisite is the provision of compulsory rest for football players in order to avoid burnout
Unsurprisingly, the idea of doubling the number of Worlds has met with strong opposition from UEFA in general, under whose auspices the extremely popular and lucrative Champions League is taking place, as well as, in particular, from the top national leagues, including the Italian Serie A, Spanish Primera and the Premier League. having a huge number of fans all over the world.
According to most critics, these plans are “directed against leagues, clubs and players.” It’s simple: the increased workload due to increased competition, as well as additional international matches, can lead to major changes in national leagues, including a decrease in the number of teams competing in them, the transfer of games from weekends to weekdays, as well as a decrease in the number home fights.
The resulting threats are a decrease in cash receipts to the club treasury, a decrease in interest from advertisers, an increase in the load on football players and, importantly, the likelihood of undermining spectator interest in games.