What was said when UEFA cited ‘serious concerns’ for the biennial World Cup
The following is UEFA’s press release on the growing movement to establish a biennial World Cup amid an already congested football calendar through talkSPORT.
“UEFA is disappointed with the methodology adopted, which has so far led to radical reform projects being openly communicated and promoted before they, along with other stakeholders, have been given the opportunity to participate in any consultation meetings.
There are real dangers associated with this plan:
- the dilution of the value of the first world soccer event, whose four-year duration gives it a mystique with which generations of fans have grown;
- the erosion of sporting opportunities for weaker national teams by replacing regular matches with final tournaments;
- the risk to the sustainability of players, forced to participate in high intensity summer competitions every year instead of longer recovery breaks in alternate years;
- the risk for the future of women’s tournaments, deprived of exclusive spaces and overshadowed by the proximity of the best men’s events.
These are just some of the serious concerns that FIFA’s proposal raises at first glance and cannot be dispelled simply with unsubstantiated promotional slogans about the supposed benefits of a denser schedule for the final tournaments. “
UEFA is of the view that the future of the international calendar should be the subject of genuine consultation and exchange between FIFA, the confederations and key competition stakeholders, starting with an open discussion on perceived issues and considering a number of solutions to be identified. in the course of the debate, taking into account the interest of the game and the legitimate point of view of the different parties. On 14 September, UEFA and its 55 member associations asked FIFA to organize a special meeting with them in order to express concerns about the impact of such plans. UEFA and its 55 member associations to date have not yet received a response from FIFA to this request.