FIFA President Gianni Infantino Claims "Majority" of FIFA Members Back Move

Published on December 21st, 2021 10:08 am EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

The proposal for the biennial World Cup was always going to face resistance. A World Cup every two years?

It might happen.

According to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, a "majority" of FIFA members would back the move to a biennial World Cup if a vote were held today.

The idea makes great sense for FIFA, as feasibility studies have claimed that the organization would bring in an additional $4.4 billion in revenues every four-year cycle.

The problem?

A number of clubs, leagues and UEFA are steadfastly against the move.

It's easy to see why, as a biennial World Cup would cause a number of issues - namely, it would interfere with the UEFA European Championship.

It's a zero sum game, as revenues would be shifting from clubs and UEFA to FIFA, and it's easy to see why a number of teams and leagues would be opposed to the move.

Last month, a report commissioned by the World Leagues Forum said that a move to a biennial World Cup could cost the big football leagues and UEFA roughly €8 billion per season.

UEFA itself commissioned a report that claimed that the European national federations would see their revenues drop by up to €3 billion over a four-year cycle.

FIFA has said that the extra revenues would go towards closing the gap between developing and developed football nations.


It's clear that the big clubs and UEFA will fight this proposal, with UEFA saying that they would consider a boycott of any additional tournament.

There have been compromise solutions proposed, including the revival of the Confederations Cup.


There are many logistical issues that would need to be figured out as well, including - how would qualifying work in a shortened window of time?

With all this being said, the discussion may be a moot point, as if the European clubs and leagues don't get onboard, it's hard to see the proposal gaining any serious traction.

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