What was said as UEFA cite ‘serious concerns’ for biennial World Cup
The following is UEFA’s media release regarding the growing movement to establish a biennial World Cup amidst an already congested footballing calendar via talkSPORT.
“UEFA is disappointed with the methodology adopted, which has so far led to radical reform projects being communicated and openly promoted before having been given, together with other stakeholders, the chance to participate in any consultation meeting.
There are real dangers associated with this plan:
- the dilution of the value of the n.1 world football event, whose quadrennial occurrence gives it a mystique that generations of fans have grown up with;
- the erosion of sporting opportunities for the weaker national teams by replacing regular matches with final tournaments;
- the risk to sustainability for players, forced to engage in summer high intensity competitions every year instead of longer recuperation breaks in alternate years;
- the risk for the future of women’s tournaments, deprived of exclusive slots and overshadowed by the proximity of top men’s events.
These are just some of the serious concerns that the FIFA proposal provokes at first glance and they cannot be dispelled simply with unsubstantiated promotional slogans on the supposed benefits of a thicker calendar for final tournaments.”
This article was edited by Ben Browning.