UEFA publicly fume at FIFA over plans for making World Cup every two years

UEFA have responded to FIFA's response to staging a World Cup every two years with a scathing statement.

Earlier this month, FIFA started a feasibility study into the practicalities of hosting a World Cup every two years instead of every four.

The study was led by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, now FIFA's Chief of Global Football Development, with 160 of FIFA's 210 nations backing the proposal.

This means UEFA's Euros would be sandwiched in between the World Cup every four years, to Aleksander Ceferin's annoyance.

And UEFA have now released a public statement backing Ceferin's stance on the proposal.

UEFA released a list of concerns about the proposal that featured: the calendar, formats and access of the final and preliminary competitions, the impact on players’ physical and mental health, and environmental concerns.

"We are grateful for the attention reserved to the UEFA European Championship, with the proposed double frequency of its final event.

"But we prefer to address such a sensitive matter with a comprehensive rather than speculative approach.

"UEFA is disappointed with the methodology adopted.

"Which has so far led to radical reform projects being communicated and openly promoted before having been given, together with other stakeholders, the chance to participate in any consultation meeting."

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The statement then added some of, what they consider, dangers with the plan.

UEFA's main concern with the plan appears to be the World Cup losing its mystique should it be staged biannually.


"UEFA is of the opinion that the future of the international calendar should be the subject of genuine consultation and exchange between FIFA, the confederations and key stakeholders of competitions.

"Kicking off with an open discussion on perceived problems and considering a range of solutions that will be identified in the course of the debate.

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"On 14 September, UEFA and its 55 member associations asked FIFA to organise a special meeting with them to be able to voice their concerns on the impact of such plans.

"UEFA and its 55 member associations have to date not yet received a reply from FIFA on this request."

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