FIFA are going to investigate the possibility of hosting the men's and women's World Cup every two years instead of the standard four years.
A proposal to carry out a study was raised and voted in favour of at the governing body’s annual congress on Friday, with 166 votes in favour and 22 against. FIFA president Gianni Infantino described the proposal, which was put forth by Saudi Arabia's football federation (SAFF), as an “eloquent and detailed proposal”.
Infantino said: “We have to go into these studies with an open mind but we are not going to take decisions which will jeopardise what we are [already] doing. We know about the value of the World Cup, believe me.
“I would like to put this discussion in a much broader context, that of the international match calendar. Are we really convinced that playing qualifying games [across the year] is the right way when we are saying that fans want more meaningful games? All these points have to be considered. But we will put the sporting element as the top priority, not the commercial element.”
He also spoke about the breakaway European Super League, and admitted that the head of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, was ‘behind’ the plot. “We should look at the facts and not rumours or corridor gossip, especially not coming from certain parts,” Infantino said. “I know many clubs, I speak with clubs for many years and when speaking with European clubs the Super league topic always is a topic for discussion; everyone in football knows that. Let’s not play games here.
“At Fifa it is my responsibility to meet and discuss with football stakeholders. Everyone, big, medium, small. It doesn’t mean in any way that Fifa was behind, was colluding, was plotting on any Super League project.”