FIFA chief Gianni Infantino backs biennial World Cup
A biennial World Cup won’t dilute the “magic” of the event, as its frequency has no bearing on its high quality and status, FIFA President Gianni Infantino mentioned on Tuesday.
Soccer’s world governing physique FIFA is conducting a feasibility research into the practicalities of staging a World Cup each two years, a transfer that has been met with fierce criticism from numerous confederations, golf equipment, gamers and fan teams.
“A World Cup with 48 groups (from 2026) has already been determined. Whether or not it would happen each two years or 4 years, that’s beneath session,” Infantino informed media in Israel.
“Positively consider in having extra prestigious occasions, whether or not the World Cup or anything. … Exactly as a result of it’s a magic event is probably why it ought to occur extra usually.
“The status of an occasion is dependent upon its high quality, not its frequency. You might have the Tremendous Bowl yearly, Wimbledon or the Champions League yearly, and everybody is happy and ready for it.”
Infantino additionally mentioned FIFA is trying to increase the Membership World Cup, which is held yearly.
“We want to improve the worth of nationwide championships and home leagues,” he added. “We have to discover the best format that gained’t be too disruptive to the calendar and all the opposite occasions.”
Infantino was additionally requested if Israel may ever host the World Cup and he mentioned the nation co-hosting the occasion with its neighbors within the Center East is unquestionably an possibility.
“Why can’t we dream of the World Cup in Israel and its neighbors? With the Abraham Accords, why ought to we not do it right here in Israel together with her neighbors within the Center East and the Palestinians,” Infantino mentioned.
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