Arsène Wenger’s plan to organize a World Cup every two years seems to be gaining momentum after the support of two football federations.
The Confederation of the Football Association of North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have both provided support despite opposition from UEFA and CONMEBOL to the move. idea.
CONCACAF issued a statement saying it recognizes the benefits of the new World Cup format in terms of less travel for players, fewer international breaks and more competitive matches.
“We will continue to consider these proposals constructively, with an open mind and in a spirit of positive engagement,” CONCACAF said.
“Although CONCACAF is immediately focused on its own region, we also believe in the importance of being part of the global football family and we will listen to the views of football stakeholders in all regions of the world.
“We encourage not only our fellow confederations, but also all members of the global football family to come together and work collaboratively to create FIFA calendars and competitions that have benefits for the development of football in all areas. regions of the world. “
The AFC statement read similarly which said they “welcomed” the decision to proceed with the plans.
He said: “The Asian Football Confederation welcomes the extensive consultation process initiated and led by FIFA to examine options for optimizing the new international match schedule.
Wenger stressed that the current model is “obsolete” and said the move was not motivated by money.
While the Frenchman was a revolutionary at Arsenal in the way he transformed the club’s fortunes on the pitch and changed the style of English football, his plans were not well received by the whole football community.
His plans for the World Cup aren’t the first time he’s suggested something drastic, as he has proposed big changes to the offside rule and kickoffs instead of throw-ins.
While those plans may not come to fruition, his World Cup ambitions certainly aren’t going away anytime soon and it remains to be seen if the changes materialize.