Uefa says biennial World Cup creates four significant ‘dangers


Uefa believes Fifa’s plans for a biennial world Cup create four significant “dangers” for the future of football, as it raised the stakes in its dispute with the game’s global governing body.

They had been disappointed with Fifa’s approach to the plans, which “has so far led to radical reform projects being communicated and openly promoted before having been given, together with other stakeholders.

The chance to participate in any consultation meeting said Uefa.

The speed of Fifa’s plans could see a new schedule ratified as early as next year.

The European governing body has said it had written to Fifa on 14 September, calling for a consultation. But the reply from the Fifa side was still awaited.

Fifa considered nine different criteria before making any judgment as to the feasibility of a biennial World Cup, Uefa added.

Uefa also argues that, despite Fifa’s promises of fewer matches for players, the games that remain would be more demanding, forcing players to “engage in matches.

That plans for a biennial World Cup do not take into consideration the needs of the women’s game were confirmed to the media last week.

The Premier League meeting also saw clubs discuss dates when the league would be suspended next year to accommodate the Qatar World Cup, with play expected to stop after the weekend of 12 November 2022 and resume on Boxing Day.

Sources said the Premier League is determined not to go back to a situation where crowds are limited or banned altogether from top-flight matches.