Wenger calls for World Cup every two years
PARIS, Sept 4, 2021 (BSS/AFP) - Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has called
for the World Cup to be held every two years in an interview with French
sports daily L'Equipe published on Friday.
The 71-year-old Frenchman, who is now director of development at FIFA, also
called for a single annual period of international qualifiers in a global
"The principle would be a grouping of qualifiers every year, and at the end
of the season a major competition, World Cup or continental championship,"
"Between the two qualifying windows, the player would stay in his club all
"There must be less of a mix in the calendar between the periods of club
football and periods of international football, and therefore fewer
transcontinental trips for the players, for example."
Wenger said he would like to see a single international window, perhaps in
October, with fewer qualifying matches.
"For the players, there will be no more matches, and there will be
compulsory rest after the final stages, at least 25 days," said Wenger who
sees his proposed new format coming into action in 2028, two years after the
2026 World Cup in North America.
"What people want today are high-stakes, easy-to-understand competitions,"
he said, insisting there is "no financial intention behind it".
"It's a global project, for men's football, but also for women's football
and youth competitions," he added.