South American football opposes World Cup every two years
The proposal of Arsène Wenger and Fifa was strongly rejected by the Conmebol on Friday.
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La Conmebol, the governing body of South American football, firmly rejected, Friday, September 10, the idea of Fifa to organize a World Cup every two years. « There is no sporting justification for shortening the period between the World Cups », estimated the Conmebol in a press release.
« A World Cup every two years could distort the most important football competition on the planet, reducing its quality and undermining its exclusivity and high standards », is it written.
¿Una Copa del Mundo cada dos años?
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– CONMEBOL.com (@CONMEBOL) September 10, 2021
The organizing body of the competitions in South America (Copa America, Copa Libertadores or Sudamericana in particular) adds that a biennial World « would represent an overload practically impossible to manage in the calendar of international competitions » and « could even jeopardize the quality of other tournaments, both clubs and nationally ».
Fifa President Gianni Infantino this week vowed that decisions would be taken by the end of the year on the World Cup overhaul proposal revived by its development director, Arsene Wenger. This recommends a selection competition each year, alternating World and Euro, for example, for the European Confederation. UEFA opposed this, assuring that this « dilute » the « jewel » world football, according to its president Aleksander Ceferin.
The World Association of Professional Leagues (WLF) also criticized in a statement Wednesday a project which « would damage the economy of football and the health of the players ».
The World Leagues Forum will oppose any proposals to hold the football World Cup every two years.
Our full statement here https://t.co/uDOjeKPbvB pic.twitter.com/l5xfS4Oy6x
– World Leagues Forum (@WorldLeaguesWLF) September 8, 2021