FIFA chief hints biennial World Cup plans could be dialled back
Amid opposition to FIFA's plans for a World Cup every two years, the body's president, Gianni Infantino, says more discussions are needed.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has hinted the governing body is willing to backtrack on plans for a biennial World Cup and says he doesn't expect the tournament to be hosted by single countries in the future.
FIFA, led by chief of global football development Arsène Wenger, had been promoting the idea to change the World Cup format and proposed the tournament takes place every two years.
UEFA, CONMEBOL unhappy about potential biennial World Cup
Wenger's proposal would see a major tournament held every year, however, UEFA and CONMEBOL quickly retaliated, vocally opposing the plans and expressing scheduling concerns.
Speaking after a FIFA council meeting, president Infantino announced he would convene with football's governing bodies on 20 December to debate any potential football calendar reforms once again.
However, Infantino refused to commit to holding a vote on any of the proposals as he suggested the divisive plan would have to benefit all stakeholders.
"We have to see how we can approach the different opinions of different parties," Infantino told reporters on Wednesday.
"We need to look at sporting and economic merits, then we can have a reasoned discussion about World Cups and perhaps other competitions.
"I do not know what the outcome will be. We will continue with the objective of reaching a consensus with solutions that work for everyone's benefit.
"By hosting a global summit later this year, we will now have the opportunity to present one plan and to provide feedback to all our FIFA member associations."
FIFA Chief of Global Development Arsène Wenger has summarised the objectives of the ongoing comprehensive review of the international match calendar for men’s football— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) October 19, 2021
Single World Cup hosts to become "a thing of the past", Infantino believes
The 2026 World Cup is set to be hosted by Mexico, Canada and the United States, and Infantino also revealed his preference for multi-nation bids hosted by a continent, as opposed to a single country.
When asked about the possibility of South Americans co-hosting the 2030 edition, Infantino responded: "The World Cup is the biggest competition, the biggest event on earth, and several countries would like to organise a World Cup.
"I myself as FIFA president am very interested to hear the continent is interested in hosting the World Cup, there is so much passion in South America for football. Everybody would like to see a new World Cup in South America.
"You mentioned Brazil, and I think that World Cups held in one single country are probably a thing of the past.
"I think probably we'll see more World Cups held by two or three different countries. If we do so, every region in the world can not only dream, but really plan to organise a World Cup."
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