Arsene Wenger says he is “ready to take that gamble

Arsene Wenger: The danger is to make football more enjoyable
Arsene Younger said he was "ready to gamble" on his plans to change football's match schedule "to make it better".

Former Arsenal boss suggested that there be fewer international breaks, and that the World Cup should be held every two years.

Wenger spoke exclusively to BBC's The Sports Desk and stated that the risk was to make football better. Wenger is ready to gamble.

He said that the current schedule was not clear, simple, or modern enough to organize a season.

Wenger, the head of global development at Fifa's world governing body, stated: "I believe if we continue like that, we will hit the wall."

He stated that he would deal with "chaos and congestion" in the game.

Jet-lag and repeated travel are two things that are extremely detrimental to players. The clubs and the players will both benefit if the qualifying period is reduced.

Fifa conducted a survey to find that most fans favor holding the men's World Cup less often than every four years. However, the most popular response from all age groups was to keep the status quo.

Wenger answered a question about whether it would devalue football's most prestigious tournament by increasing its frequency. You want to be among the best and to win every year.

"I am not on an egotrip. "I've been asked by the world to help shape the calendar for tomorrow.

World Cup Plans: Emotional Response

Uefa, the European football governing body, stated Wednesday that the plans create four "dangers for football" including a possible loss of prestige for the World Cup as well as concerns about player welfare.

The new schedule was not suggested by Wenger. It also said that the new schedule would reduce the competition chances of smaller countries.

Fifa was also accused of not consulting.

"I am confident, but I don't know the forces that are in favor or against. Wenger said, "I just made that proposal because it's good to the game."

Arsene Wenger, a manager, felt that there wasn't enough separation between international and club competitions

"I worked for Arsenal for a long time and felt that there was insufficient separation between club and international competition.

"Sometimes there is an emotional response after a proposal for the World Cup every 2 years.

"I am not surprised. After seeing my proposal, many people who were initially against it changed their minds.

"Some people judge only on World Cup years and it was more emotional than that because 'we've all grown-up in that cycle'. I can understand that.

"But many negative responses came out because they hadn't fully understood the concept. This concept, which is held every two years, makes sense only if the entire proposal is understood and the qualifiers are grouped together.

"A proposal to make soccer more meaningful"

After 166 member associations approved a feasibility study, which was presented by the Saudi Arabian Federation earlier in the year, Gianni Infantino, president of Fifa, gave Wenger the task of finding the best way for it to be changed.

These are his ideas:

In even years, a biennial World Cup;

Confederation tournaments, including the European Championship, in odd years

One (October) or two (12 October and March) midseason international breaks will be offered when qualifiers for major tournaments are made. This is in addition to the five current windows.

After tournaments are finished, players have 25-day guaranteed rest periods.

Fifa will host an online summit on 30 September with its member associations to discuss international calendars for men and women.

The current match calendar for women's soccer runs through 2023. Men's will expire in 2024.

"The international match calendar has been set for 2024. There is no way to change this until then. Wenger said that he was guided by some ideas to create a plan to change the international match calendar.

"The first is to improve football all around the world. The second is to organize the calendar in a simpler and more modern manner. So, I'd like to reduce the number qualifiers and regroup the qualifying periods.

Wenger answered a question about whether he would support the idea if he was still a club manager. He said that he agreed with what I proposed because if it is better for the club, it would be much better. It is not possible to interfere during the season, and I was a victim of interference throughout the season.

"It's about more than me. It is about the idea to make football more clear, simpler, and more meaningful for the world.

"I believe that clubs benefit because they are able to focus fully, have their players available throughout the season and national teams also benefit.

"There is no increase in the number of games. There's more rest time, less traveling, and better quality competition. This is why I believe this project can be really protected.

"Yesterday, I attended a long meeting with Fifpro [the player's union], where we consult everyone. We know that we must talk to everyone. Fifpro seems to have been convinced that the players are my main concern in my program.

Wenger's Response to Concerns

Q. Q. What about the cost for fans who want to see the World Cups, but now have to pay twice the price?

Wenger: "I feel a lot of sympathy for that, obviously, and that is something that needs to be looked at." You know why I said that I still have a lot of logistics to study and that the financial aspects of the supporters is one of them.

Q. Q.

Wenger: "We wouldn’t. It's interesting to see what you have signalled to me. I asked people if they thought a World Cup for women every other year would be a good idea. Everyone agrees that it would improve women's soccer. We want that. We also want them to organize the World Cup every 2 years.

Q. Q. Do you think an agreement could be reached?

Wenger: "I hope so. I also consulted Uefa. I talked to them and explained my project, so that we can have a dialog. The next step is to discuss how we will work together with Uefa, all European federations, and Gianni Infantino, and other people responsible.

Q. Q. It is too risky to ruin it. What would you tell them?

Wenger: "Until now club football was 80% and national team football 20%. I want to maintain that balance. Better competition and meaningful competition are what I want to keep to my fans, Arsenal fans, and all fans around the world. Overall, I care about Arsenal fans but also care about all football fans around the world. "We must prepare football for 2028, and beyond."

Q. Q. Would your suggestions help the development of young athletes?

Wenger: "Of course. "Of course. Federations go to big competitions, they see why and how they fail, then when they return, we'll see what we can do for our football.

"They basically create a youth team program. There are many examples of federations that have made improvements to their football since they failed in the World Cup. They said, "What can we do to help our youth develop players?"

The World Cup, and the competition that it brings, is not the end. You can improve football education by providing better competitions and improving the rules. We are referring to the quality of competitions, the program, and the calendar.

10-minute video: Fifa's Arsene Younger speaks to BBC Sport about his biennial World Cup plans


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