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Arsene Wenger Calls for World Cup to be Held Every Two Years

By Amreen
Arsene Wenger called for the FIFA World Cup to take place every two years
Arsene Wenger called for the FIFA World Cup to take place every two years / Pool/Getty Images

Arsene Wenger has once again called for the football World Cup to be held every two years from 2028 onwards.

The former Arsenal manager, who is FIFA's head of global development, has previously spoken about his desire to change the schedule of the World Cup, and has revealed how a potential new system could work.

"The principle would be a grouping of qualifiers every year, and at the end of the season a major competition, World Cup or continental championship," Wenger told L'Equipe. "Between the two qualifying windows, the player would stay in his club all year round."

The 71-year-old explained that a playing calendar with less congestion will mean less travel for players. "There must be less of a mix in the calendar between the periods of club football and periods of international football, and therefore fewer transcontinental trips for the players, for example," he added.

"For the players, there will be no more matches, and there will be compulsory rest after the final stages, at least 25 days. 'What people want today are high-stakes, easy-to-understand competitions. It's a global project, for men's football, but also for women's football and youth competitions."