The proposal to play the men’s and women’s World Cup every two years – rather than every four years as it is today – has created heated debate in the world of football.
And according to the Danish Football Association, DBU, president Jakob Jensen, support is growing.
– It clearly indicates in the direction that FIFA clearly wants the World Cup every two years. “I’m afraid UEFA will come under a lot of pressure because many countries think it’s a good idea,” he told Danish news agency Ritzau.
Thursday’s FIFA meeting brought together just over 200 member states, and then the proposal to hold the World Cup every two years was made. which received positive and negative feedback. Above all, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) endorses this.
Jakob Jensen, like large parts of UEFA, is opposed to the new proposal.
– There is no doubt that UEFA will stand united against this, he says.
But Noel Lagret, president of the French Football Federation, did not completely rule out the new ideas, according to Agence France-Presse.
– Lagret says it would be a mistake not to investigate the matter further.
But Karl-Erik Nilsson, president of the Swedish Football Association, feels after the meeting that concerns have intensified about the proposals put forward.
In addition to playing the World Cup more often, the proposal includes reducing the number of international matches and instead of holding five gatherings for the national team in the qualifiers, reducing them to only one occasion.
– These are incredibly dramatic changes suggested by those who conducted the investigation, Nelson told TT.
FIFA will hold another meeting in December where the issues will be raised again. Until then, it will be analyzed.
It would be a revolutionary change that I don’t think is positive for football at all, says Karl-Eric Nilsson and continues:
– Now we gave it to us for the first time. But that didn’t make me change my mind about it. I’m worried that more tournaments will be too much for the players and spectators. As it now appears, this is not the right way to go.
But he hopes FIFA president Gianni Infantino will stick to his word from Thursday’s meeting that he will not push a new system against the federation’s will.
– It is important for us in Europe because there are great doubts here.
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