FIFA President Gianni Infantino believes that a biennial World Cup would not dilute the “magic” of the World Cup. He believes that the frequency will not have any bearing on the quality and prestige of the World Cup. FIFA is currently conducting a study for the feasibility of the World Cup to be held every two years. The move has been criticized by a number of entities such as confederations, clubs, and player unions around the world.
“A World Cup with 48 teams [from 2026] has already been decided. Whether it will take place every two years or four years, that is under consultation,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said. “Definitely believe in having more prestigious events, whether the World Cup or anything else… Precisely because it is a magic tournament is perhaps why it should happen more often. The prestige of an event depends on its quality, not its frequency. You have the Super Bowl every year, Wimbledon or the Champions League every year, and everyone is excited and waiting for it.”
“We would like to increase the value of national championships and domestic leagues,” he added. “We need to find the right format that won’t be too disruptive to the calendar and all the other events.”
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