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Is FIFA considering hosting World Cup every 2 years?

The FIFA World Cup is the ultimate global football competition that has been held every four years since 1930. The last edition was held in 2018, with the next scheduled in 2022. However, what if it was held every two years? Is FIFA considering the same?

Is FIFA considering hosting World Cup every 2 years?-ayh
Kolkata, First Published May 22, 2021, 11:11 AM IST

FIFA World Cup outlasts all when it comes to the ultimate football competition. Held every four years, the football spectacle has delighted fans worldwide and continues to be one of the most extraordinary and most expensive sporting events in history. However, what if the excitement and thrill are lived every four years?

According to Goal, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association is considering a study on whether it could be feasible enough to host the event (men’s and women’s) every two years. The Saudi Arabia Football Federation has put forward a proposal during the annual congress and a feasibility study is to be conducted on the same.

Is FIFA considering hosting World Cup every 2 years?-ayh

“We believe the future of football is at a critical juncture. The many issues that football has faced have now been further exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic. It is important to review how the global game is structured, which should include whether the current four-year cycle remains the optimum basis for how football is managed both from a competition and a commercial perspective as well as overall football development,” said Yasser Al-Misehal, SAFF President.

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Meanwhile, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has indicated that any changes to the current system is unlikely to happen soon and could take years to be implemented. “We have to go into these studies with an open mind, but we are not going to take decisions which will jeopardise what we are doing. We know about the value of the World Cup, believe me,” he said.

Is FIFA considering hosting World Cup every 2 years?-ayh

“I would like to put this discussion in a much broader context, that of the international match calendar. Are we really convinced that playing qualifying games is the right way when we are saying that fans want more meaningful games?” he added.

The current FIFA World Cup dates are set until 2026, with Qatar hosting in 2022 and 2026 being held in the United States of America, Canada and Mexico. Meanwhile, changing the current system would lead to widespread change across other competitive continental competitions, especially Copa America and UEFA Euro. Also, club football is likely to be hugely affected.

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