Arsene Wenger has called for a major revamp of international tournaments and the Premier League, which would see the season start in March and go on until November. He also suggested that the World Cup and Euros should take place every two years because it is "unfair" on players to wait four years to play in a World Cup.
The former Arsenal boss is currently chief of global football development at FIFA, and has admitted that football needs a radical overhaul of its calendar. “It’s my dream you know, it’s not a dream I share with many people at the moment but I just think I have the advantage of having worked in Japan,” said Wenger, who managed Nagoya Grampus Eight at the start of his managerial career.
“We played from March until November and it was perfect. You would not have anymore ‘he won the Championship in season 2018-19.’ No, the championship was won in 2018 or 2019 and in 2020. In fact, I believe as well, we have to re-organise completely the calendar.
“In FIFA, with [president Gianni] Infantino, we try to make meeting with all the stakeholders of the game to completely reorganise the calendar year, because you have to plan in the future where you may have to travel less.”
The Frenchman also insisted that international competitions, such as the World Cup and the Euros, should be held on a more frequent basis, and all other competitions – like the UEFA Nations League – should be scrapped. He added: "Organise only competitions of meaning.
"Kick all the parallel competitions out of the game. People must understand what is at stake and only have games with meaning. If you look at the teams in the World Cups usually the average age is 27 or 28. Because the World Cup is every four years there are very few chances to win it again because when they go back to the next World Cup they are 32 or 33. That’s why maybe we should organise the World Cup every two years.”