The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football Associations (CONCACAF) has confirmed its openness to the idea of a biennial World Cup.
The FIFA congress voted to carry out a feasibility study on holding the men’s and women’s World Cups every two years, a proposal that met with opposition, but CONCACAF has called for wider consultation with the parties. stakeholders.
In a statement posted on its official website, the governing body said it recognizes the merits of creating a new schedule if it means fewer international windows, less travel for players and more competitive matches instead. friendly matches.
“We will continue to consider these proposals constructively, with an open mind and in a spirit of positive engagement,” CONCACAF said in its statement.
“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 together to create FIFA calendars and competitions that have benefits for the development of football in all areas. regions of the world. “
The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) last week criticized the proposal, saying it was “very unsustainable” and would overwhelm the football schedule.
European football’s governing body UEFA has also rejected the idea, with its chairman Aleksander Ceferin warning that European nations could boycott the World Cup if FIFA’s plans to make the event biennial continue.
A new YouGov poll has shown that nearly two-thirds of Britons are opposed to holding a World Cup every two years, with 40% of 1,000 fans surveyed saying they are strongly opposed and 24% “somewhat opposed”.
Only 21 percent supported the plan, with only eight percent strongly in favor.
Wenger: the current schedule is out of date
Arsène Wenger is carrying out the feasibility study at the request of 166 football associations.
The proposed changes to the international calendar would mean major finals every year, alternating between World Cups in even years and continental finals such as the European Championship and Copa America in odd years.
In this context, FIFA is proposing to reduce the number of international windows in a season to one or at most two, in October and March, without any national team playing more than seven matches, playoffs included.
Wenger said the current schedule was “outdated, impractical and not efficient” and said as a former club manager he would skip the changes.
“I have tried to create a clear, easy to understand and modern calendar, it means a better separation between club football and the federation,” said the Frenchman.
“With that 80-20% balance, I think if I was at a club, I would sign both hands for this program.
“It would give me time to have the players and focus on what is important to the club. Overall I would say that a better separation between club football and national team football would improve the quality of the focus on both sides. “