Former players meet Wenger to discuss international calendar change


A number of high-profile former footballers are engaging Fifa’s chief of global football development, Arsene Wenger, about major changes to the international match calendar.

Wenger is leading a consultation on holding men’s and women’s World Cups every two years.

This follows a proposal from the Saudi Arabian football federation.

Wenger said in May that he wanted to see the World Cup and European Championship played every two years and have Fifa “kick all the rest out” and vowed to include all the game’s major stakeholders in the extensive consultation process.

Former players such as England’s John Terry and Michael Owen, as well as Ronaldo of Brazil and Germany’s Sami Khedira were amongst a group of players Wenger spoke to in Doha this week.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino is keen on the idea of a World Cup every two years but the plan is meeting strong resistance from both European football governing body Uefa and its leading clubs, through the European Clubs’ Association.

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin says holding the World Cup every two years would dilute the tournament, while ECA vice-president Michael Gerlinger said it would be impossible to manage the tournament in such a time frame.

The aim, according to Fifa, is to “assess the options for change” to “make the game truly global”.

The men’s World Cup has been held every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 because of World War Two.

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By FARPost Reporter