World Cup every two years European club body firmly opposes

Gab & Juls weigh the pros and cons for more frequent World Cups in both the men's & women's sports. (1:12).
Aleksander Ceferin, president of UEFA, warned that there could be a European boycott of the World Cup if FIFA continues to plan on staging the tournament every two year.

The governing body of world football is currently reviewing the international match calendar. Arsene Wenger is the former manager at Arsenal and is proposing a major tournament each year.

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The World Cup would be played every two years, instead of every four under the proposed arrangements.

Ceferin stated to The Times, "We can choose not to play in that."

"The South Americans seem to be on the same page, as far as I can tell. We wish them all the best for a World Cup. It is against basic principles of football and I believe it will not happen.

"To play every summer an one-month tournament is a nightmare for the players. It clashes with women's World Cup and the Olympic football tournament if it is every two years.

"The value of it is precisely because it happens every four years. You wait for it. It's almost like the Olympic Games. It's a massive event. It's not something I see our federations supporting."

Wenger stated that FIFA's plans to host the World Cup every other year have received a positive response.

Ronaldo, a former Brazil striker, joined Wenger for a virtual news conference and supported the idea. Peter Schmeichel, an ex-Australian goalkeeper and Tim Cahill, were also present.

Schmeichel stated that none of those who attended the discussion were against the idea moving to a 2-year cycle.

"Overall, I feel I got a positive response. But this is a democratic decision that will be made by all 211 countries affiliated to FIFA. Wenger stated that he believes we should continue to consult people.

World Leagues Forum and European Leagues have also reacted against the Frenchman's plans. These organizations represent professional club competitions in each region.

When Wenger was asked about the opposition to the game and the possibility of major conflict, Wenger replied that he was simply trying to find a solution.

"I am not afraid at all. I am 100% certain that the solution I have proposed is the best for modern football organisation. He said that if people have better ideas than mine, I am open to them and will consider any alternative.

"I won't vote. "I just made a proposal that I believe will make things better and make life easier for everyone, but football more enjoyable."

Wenger stated that his job was to convince people about the merits and benefits of his proposal. Wenger also stated that FIFA could decide on next steps for his proposal as soon as December.

Javier Tebas, president of La Liga, is the latest European football figure to speak out against the plans.

He stated that a biennial World Cup was a threat to not only domestic football leagues, but also to the entire tradition of international football.

"It would require an overhaul of the calendar, which would disrupt the domestic leagues to such an extent that interest is lost and continuity is endangered.

This would lead to a decline in interest and a cascading effect across the football pyramid. To the contrary, new competitions and playing more often won't help football grow.

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