Saturday, May 28 2022

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has called for the World Cup to be held every two years in an interview with French sports daily L’Equipe published on Friday.

The 71-year-old Frenchman, who is now director of development at FIFA, also called for a single annual period of international qualifiers in a global football calendar.

“The principle would be a grouping of qualifiers every year, and at the end of the season a major competition, World Cup or continental championship,” said Wenger.

“Between the two qualifying windows, the player would stay in his club all year round.

“There must be less of a mix in the calendar between the periods of club football and periods of international football, and therefore fewer transcontinental trips for the players, for example.”

Wenger said he would like to see a single international window, perhaps in October, with fewer qualifying matches.

“For the players, there will be no more matches, and there will be compulsory rest after the final stages, at least 25 days,” said Wenger who sees his proposed new format coming into action in 2028, two years after the 2026 World Cup in North America and Mexico.

“What people want today are high-stakes, easy-to-understand competitions,” he said, insisting there is “no financial intention behind it”.

“It’s a global project, for men’s football, but also for women’s football and youth competitions,” he added.

av/bsp/gj

Source: Yahoo Sports

Previous

UK's Johnson condemns racist abuse of England footballers in Hungary

Next

FIFA pledges action after racist abuse of England in Hungary

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Pro Sports Media

Trending Now

Jimmy Butler fined $15K by NBA for ‘obscene gesture’ on bench; Heat fined for posting it on social media

Getty Images Jimmy Butler missed Game 5 of the Miami Heat’s first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks with knee inflammation, but, from his spot on the bench, he still managed to make his presence felt. With less than two minutes to go in the first half, Butler celebrated a Max Strus 3 by, uh, thrusting […]

Read More

Lyon to play behind closed doors as Payet lodges official complaint

Lyon were on Monday ordered to play home games until at least December 8 behind closed doors after their Ligue 1 fixture against Marseille on the weekend was abandoned after Dimitri Payet was hit in the head by a bottle. The Marseille captain required treatment after being struck on the side of the head as […]

Read More

After Celtics break bread, it’s time to fix Jayson Tatum

Forsberg: Tatum’s play still a cause for concern after win vs. Magic originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston A players-only meeting. A breaking of bread. A gathering. Pick whatever description you like best. The bottom line is the Boston Celtics huddled Tuesday after landing in Orlando to discuss a growing list of concerns just seven […]

Read More