Biennial World Cup: Arsène Wenger Says “Yes”

Biennial World Cup: Arsène Wenger Says “Yes”

Is it a beneficial idea that will reform world football as we know it? There’s no way to know just yet – FIFA has only greenlit a feasibility study about the possibility of organizing FIFA World Cup tournaments every two years this May. But even if it is merely something that is discussed at this stage, the possibility has already triggered a few voices against – and many voices for the change. A World Cup every two years would certainly be welcomed by football fans and Betway online soccer betting fans as well. The World Cup always comes with special promotions from bookmakers – the last edition, for example, came to Betway with a massive prize pool and countless daily promotions.

How would it work?

The latest veteran footballer to raise a voice for a biennial World Cup is the former professional player and long-running Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, currently serving as FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development. The specialist has shared his bold ideas about the switch in an interview with French football publication L’Equippe, outlining how things will work – hopefully, from 2028. He would see qualifying rounds held every year, and a major competition at the end of every season, possibly at a continental level. In the rest of the year, the players could stay with their respective clubs, thus preventing any scheduling conflicts similar to the case of Cristiano Ronaldo playing with the Portugal national team instead of Manchester United. Besides, the players would benefit from a compulsory vacation – probably 25 days – at the end of the tournament. This means that players would go on international duty less often, and play fewer matches overall.

The idea of a World Cup to be organized once every two years has received vocal support from Argentine footballer Javier Mascherano, Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, and Ivory Coast legend Yaya Toure, among others. Toure considers this an opportunity for African footballers to compete more at the highest level, and gain valuable experience.

The fans are split – but it would be beneficial

Wenger considers reducing the time between FIFA World Cups from four years to two something that the fans want. The fans, in turn, are split on this idea. One of the most compelling arguments for keeping things the way they are today is that the rarer the event is, the more special it will be for them. Just as Christmas comes once a year – and that’s what makes it unique – a World Cup every four years can be one of the most memorable events of that time. Organizing it more often would reduce the excitement surrounding it.

 

FIFA earnings

 

There are voices out there that claim that the only reason why so many football federations are behind the idea of a biennial World Cup is money. The World Cup is the biggest source of income for FIFA – in 2018, the governing body earned more than $4.6 billion – and the money earned is redistributed to federations and national teams, and spent on the development of the sport as a whole. An event that’s held every two years and with more teams than today – it is set to be expanded to 46 in 2026 – will translate into more cash flowing into football. And this can ultimately benefit football as a whole.

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