UEFA has revealed that they will come out in opposition to the plans of FIFA to hold the World Cup every two years instead of four. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin made his stance clear in opposition to the plans while responding to a letter from a fans group. He said that they had concerns about the reports of plans by FIFA.
“Considering the major impact this reform may have on the whole organization of football, there is widespread astonishment that FIFA appears to be launching a PR campaign to push its proposal whilst any such proposals haven’t been presented to confederations, national associations, leagues, clubs, players, coaches, clubs and all the football community,” the letter by UEFA read about plans by FIFA.
Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s chief of global football development is reported to be the driving force behind the plans. The 2011 national football federations and associations of the FIFA Congress will vote whether the plan can go ahead or not.
“In May, 166 member associations voted to carry out a feasibility study on the impact of playing the FIFA World Cup and FIFA Women`s World Cup every two years. Under the leadership of Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development, a consultation process is ongoing and will continue in the coming months with all key stakeholders, including confederations and member associations,” a FIFA spokesperson said. “FIFA encourages everybody to share their points of view in a positive spirit of dialogue. We note with satisfaction the willingness from stakeholders to discuss the International Match Calendar and other important issues.”