FIFA, through a presentation made this Thursday by Arsene Wenger, explained that its intention, in addition to organizing the World Cup every two years, is to reduce and group all the qualifying matches of national teams in a single month.
Wenger, who serves as director of development at FIFA, explained that they want to “shape the football of tomorrow” and that they intend to revolutionize the current calendar as it is “outdated”.
“We do not want to increase the number of matches, we want to guarantee the rest of the players, that there are fewer trips, more important matches and more opportunities for footballers to shine, in addition to reducing the gap between the countries that have more opportunities and those that have less. “, Wenger said at the post-match press conference that a group of former footballers and coaches who are part of FIFA’s advisory services for the future of men’s football have held in Doha (Qatar) for two days.
“The calendar is outdated. You have to organize it in a way that is efficient, grouping the international windows, instead of different breaks, which are not practical. Regroup and play fewer qualifying matches,” he added.
Thus, FIFA’s strategy is to play the World Cup in 2026, group all confederation tournaments in 2027, and return to the 2028 World Cup.
Thus, FIFA seeks to benefit the teams, avoiding having to release the players more frequently, and the federations, giving them more opportunities to host the World Cup.