Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, wants to transform international football over the long term by holding the World Cup every three years.
Because of the commercial and athletic success of the tournament in Qatar, Infantino has become more ambitious. Last week, he revealed his lofty goals by announcing that an expanded Club World Cup will take place in 2025 despite not having the support of players, clubs, or international federations.
Infantino believes that the World Cup’s recent staging in the midst of Europe’s winter has changed the game and demonstrated the sport’s potential for further expansion and globalisation.
Despite concerns about player exhaustion and widespread injuries, the football in Qatar has been a compelling spectacle, and the tournament brought in a record £6.2 billion in revenue, up £840 million from the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Long-term, Infantino hopes to implement a radical new tournament schedule that alternates between the Club World Cup and continental competitions like the European Championship and the World Cup every three years.
When will the new FIFA World Cup format take place?
Since negotiations between interested parties over the 2024– 2030 international calendar are nearly finished, changes cannot be made until after the 2030 World Cup. However, discussions over the issue have started behind the scenes.
By declaring last week that he intends to run for three consecutive terms as FIFA president, which would keep him in office until 2031, Infantino has given himself time to put his revolution into action.
Despite Africa and Asia supporting the idea, the 52-year-old will have a tough time getting a new three-year cycle approved.
Arsene Wenger had pushed for the World Cup to be held every two years and it is likely that UEFA and CONMEBOL worked together to defeat that idea.
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