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Saudi proposes World Cups every two years

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  • Associated Press

Saudi Arabia's football federation has officially asked FIFA to look at staging biennial World Cups for males and females, football's world body stated Tuesday.

The proposition “requesting an expediency research study to be carried out on the impact” of playing both competitions every two years will be put to the FIFA yearly conference of 211 member federations. The congress is being held as a remote conference on Friday.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has regularly said a Women's World Cup might be held every two years. The next edition in 2023 will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

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A different proposal to Friday's FIFA conference from Jamaica requires “a worldwide females's football competitors principle to be prepared.”

A biennial guys's World Cup was floated by FIFA's then-president Sepp Blatter more than 20 years earlier.

The idea now returns near the end of the busiest and most busy season in modern football.

In Europe, the exact same number of competitors and video games for club and national groups were played in spite of several weeks being lost because the previous COVID-19 pandemic-delayed season pressed back the start to September.

Creating new and larger competitions is an essential theme of Infantino's presidency, though the worldwide players' union FIFPRO cautions of gamers facing burnout and injuries from larger work.

The very first year of Infantino's presidency saw FIFA add 16 more groups and 16 more video games to the World Cup for the 2026 edition. The 48- group, 80- game tournament will be hosted in the United States, Canada and Mexico and ought to set presence and earnings records.

FIFA was to launch a 24- group Club World Cup tournament in China this year.

European football authorities at first opposed the project, citing Infantino's absence of transparency about the monetary backers.

The inaugural competition was shelved in 2015 when the coronavirus pandemic forced the European Championship and Copa America to be postponed to 2021.

The biennial World Cup idea was revived in 2018 by South Football leader Alejandro Dominguez, a FIFA vice president who was then a close ally of Infantino.

Dominguez and the South American football body CONMEBOL have given that moved more detailed to officials at UEFA, whose quadrennial European Championship would likely be threatened by playing two times as many World Cups.

Each World Cup earns FIFA as much as $6 billion in broadcasting and industrial deals. The Euro 2016 tournament– which had 51 video games compared to 64 in the 32- group World Cup format– made UEFA around $2.3 billion.

The idea that both the guys's World Cup and Euros could be staged every two years was raised in March by coaching excellent Arsene Wenger, who is now FIFA's head of global development.

Both Wenger and Dominguez utilized the argument that gamers should have more chances to play in World Cups.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both aim to play in their 5th World Cup in Qatar next year.

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