The former Arsenal manager says FIFA is interested in reducing the number of qualifying matches for the tournament.
FIFA is currently conducting a feasibility study into holding World Cup every two years instead of four. There have been heated debates over the possibility of increasing the number of international matches per year. However,
says FIFA can afford to fit more tournaments into the schedule by reducing the number of qualifying games.
Asked about his opinion on the current timing of international breaks, FIFA's chief of global football development toldKicker
"I always had the feeling that the many shorter breaks were rather unfavourable for the players. Those were always moments of uncertainty. How are the players feeling mentally afterwards? Do you come back hurt?"
“This is exactly what happened to Robert Lewandowski, who was injured with the Polish national team against Andorra. That ruined Bayern's entire Champions League season.”
Wenger believes playing the entire qualifying tournament in October would be beneficial for the players.
"The national teams can meet in October, play seven qualifying games for a month and then play the finals of a tournament in June,”
"We want to reduce the number of games, that's very important because we can see the condition of the players."
The former Arsenal manager believes football fans prefer to see more knock-out matches instead of qualifying games. However, the 71-year-old says the potential changes won’t be made until 2024.
"We guarantee a period of rest after every tournament. Think of it this way: 2026 the World Cup in the USA, Mexico and Canada; 2027 a European Championship and the other continental tournaments; 2028 another World Cup; and so on,
"The competitions will all remain in place until 2024, and changes can only be made after that.
"More knockout matches, fewer qualifying games. That's what the fans want."
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