“As FIFA, we have to make sure that football is truly global,” said the Italian Swiss. “The FIFA president is the president of 211 federations and each of them has the right to dream. But you must also be given the opportunity to realize that dream. What is the real chance that Venezuela can qualify for the World Cup today? It is nevertheless a country with 30 million inhabitants but has never participated in the World Cup and has little chance of qualifying in the current circumstances.”
FIFA has already decided, from 2026, to increase the number of participants in the World Cup from 32 to 48. With a World Cup every two instead of four years, the World Football Association wants to push through a reform, even if it is met with, among others, against UEFA.
“We have analyzed a reform of the calendar with a World Cup every two years and it is possible,” Infantino continued. “There are many benefits to it. This way you give more countries the chance to participate. When it was decided to hold the World Cup every four years, about 100 years ago, FIFA had 40 countries. It’s time to analyze the case. But if we make changes, everyone should benefit.”
Infantino further reiterated that a decision is expected “before the end of the year.”
Gianni Infantino pleads for World Cup every other year: ‘As FIFA take care of global sport’ | Football
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