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Arsene Wenger: FIFA

Arsene Wenger revealed that FIFA is considering adapting its proposals following concerns about the financial impact of the reduction of qualifying matches. FIFA Chief of global football development has been consulting for a renewed match calendar that includes a plan to hold the World Cup every two years. These plans were announced during the FIFA Professional Football Conference that was attended by clubs and leagues from all over the world.

“The feedback we got is that one single October window is considered too extreme,” FIFA head of Global Development Arsene Wenger said. “(There has been) demand from the federations to keep the original number of games because they sell the qualifiers and they think the drop of income will be too big for them. The smaller nations also said if you reduce the number of qualifiers and we do not qualify for the big tournaments, we have fewer opportunities to compete as with the current format.”

“Everybody says the status quo is not accepted. We want a change. So what can we do?” he added. “Looking at the federations demanding for more qualifiers than we proposed initially, we could add option three. That means in the initial proposal, for example, in option two you had four games in October and three games in March. We could play six games in October and two games in March and two games in preparation for the final tournament in June.”

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