European Leagues group “unanimously opposed” to FIFA’s biennial men’s and women’s World Cups proposals.
The men’sWorld Cup
has taken place every four years since the inaugural edition in 1930, except for 1942 and 1946 because of the Second World War, and also the women’s World Cup has been the same since it was first staged in 1991, according toFotMob
Former Arsenal manager
has been campaigning to make the gap shorter in his role as the governing body’s chief of global football development.
The FIFA congress in May also saw a vote go heavily in favor of studying the feasibility of shortening the gap.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said that the European governing body had "serious reservations and grave concerns" surrounding the concept and Spain and Barcelona captain Sergio Busquets believes that the players would “explode” if the plans come to fruition.
, along with the other five leagues and several other competitions released a statement of Thursday, saying:
"The leagues have firmly and unanimously opposed any proposals to organize the FIFA World Cup every two years.
"The leagues will work together with the other stakeholders to prevent football governing bodies taking unilateral decisions that will harm domestic football, which is the foundation of our industry and of utmost importance for clubs, players, and fans across Europe and the world.
"New competitions, revamped competitions, or expanded competitions for club and national team football both at continental level and/or at global level are not the solutions to the current problems of our game in an already congested calendar.
"The football calendar definitely requires the agreement of all stakeholders and can only be the result of a subtle balance between club and national team football and between domestic and international club football."
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