UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has admitted that Arsene Wenger’s idea for a bi-annual FIFA World Cup would mean “less legitimacy” for the game.
The former Arsenal boss is currently FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development and recently suggested the idea of the World Cup being hosted every two years.
Currently, the tournament is hosted every four years and is next set to be staged in Qatar at the end of 2022 following 2018’s edition in Russia.
Talking to L’Equipe, Wenger said: “The goal is to keep improving the quality of football by increasing the frequency of competitions, alongside an improvement to the laws of the game.
“The international calendar will remain stable until 2024, since it’s already set. But after 2024, there’s a chance to change it.
“I would like to increase the frequency of competition, in a way that’s led by simplicity, a clear calendar, and a desire to only organise competitions that have a real meaning to them, which are those which allow an improvement in the level of football.
“The big idea to start with is hold all qualifying matches over two international breaks, in October and March, for a greater visibility in the calendar, to make it simpler for clubs and for there to be less issues to resolve for national teams.
“The idea is to reduce the number of qualifying matches, to group them together, and then at the end of the season to have a World Cup and a championship for each confederation every two years.
“In between these two qualifying windows, the player would stay at their club all year.”
Now, after reportedly expressing his displeasure at the idea, UEFA boss Ceferin has gone public with his criticism.
He said: “More is not always better. FIFA’s jewel of the World Cup has value because of its rarity. Every two years would mean less legitimacy and dilute the World Cup itself.”
It is not the first time that the Slovenian has had a big say on matters within the football world this year, having also been strongly against the now disbanded European Super League.
Source by Football London