Arsene Wenger Speaks on New World Cup Proposal | Watch
The body governing football in the World, FIFA made a presentation through former Arsenal's manager, Arsene Wenger. FIFA said it plans to reduce and group all the World Cup qualifying matches into a single month.
Wenger, who serves as a director of the development at FIFA, said the body intends to change the calendar to a more advanced one. He said the clubs should focus on having their players play important games.
I think, i have gotten a positive response, but this decision is a democratic decision and will be made by the 211 countries who are affiliated to FIFA. I think we will continue to consult people and that is an ongoing process that will happen until December. Then after that, it is down to the federations to decide what will happen.
If i was inside the club, I will sign with two hands for that program because it will give me time to have the players at my disposal and get their focus. I will say a better separation between club and national team football will improve the quality of concentration on both sides.
Let's not forget, if the players do not play in big competitions, then they will play in small competitions. They should not think they will not play and the target for players and for football to improve all over the world is to play top level competitions. I am not hesitant at all; I am 100 percent convinced about what I have proposed is the modern way of how to organise football.
Wenger was speaking at a two-day post-match press conference held in Doha by a group of former footballers and coaches who are part of FIFA's advisory services for the future of men's football. He believes the current calendar is outdated.
FIFA has in the past weeks focused on the idea of having the World Cup be played every two years, but most football associations have opposed the proposal.
🗣 "Overall I think I have got a very positive response."
Former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger explains his vision for the World Cup taking place every two years but says it will be a decision made by 211 countries who are affiliated with FIFA 👇 pic.twitter.com/Ev5ljdXx7n
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