European Clubs slam FIFA plans for World Cup every two years

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FIFA is drawing ire of European Club Association over plans to stage the World Cup every two years. Photo Credit: Adidas
FIFA is drawing ire of European Club Association over plans to stage the World Cup every two years. Photo Credit: Adidas.

The football governing body FIFA’s  plan to have World Cups every two years has not gone well with the clubs. The European Club Association has slammed the global governing body for football, warning it will have a destructive effect of the game. The clubs’ body has got into action to rebuke FIFA’s plans.

The association of 247 football clubs across Europe has alleged that FIFA was in breach of legal obligations in its initiative to radically overhaul the sport.

“FIFA’s proposals would lead to a direct and destructive impact on the club game, both domestically and internationally,” the ECA said in a statement sent to the Associated Press.

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“In addition, the proposals would put players’ health and wellbeing at risk. They would dilute the value and meaning of club and country competitions.”

The clubs also accused FIFA of failing to engange them in “genunine (or indeed any)” consultations.

“Any decisions relating to (the calendar of international match) future can only come about with the consent of football clubs,” the ECA stressed.

IFA, however, has not responded to the accusations made by the ECA.

The ECA said it would back a more balanced approach to club and international football by reducing the five windows typically in the year for players to be released for national team games to reduce the burden on players. It is the lack of apparent engagement by FIFA on the required new international match calendar (IMC) from 2024 that is troubling the clubs.

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