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FIFA is currently composing a feasibility study into making the men's and women's World Cup a biannual event rather than every four years.
This would result in a major tournament being played each summer.
Wenger stated, "more knockout matches, fewer qualifying games. That's what the fans want".
NEWS ' Arsene Wenger has backed plans to stage a FIFA World Cup every two years, believing "it's what the fans want."
Do want a biennial World Cup?
- The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) July 5, 2021
"We want to reduce the number of games, that's very important because we can see the condition of the players".
The proposal would see the number of days in the football calendar allocated to international breaks reduced from 50 to 28 as well the number of qualifying matches cut from 10 to seven.
The existing competition format will remain in place until 2024.
:speaking_head: "More knockout matches, fewer qualifying games. That's what the fans want."
Arsene Wenger has backed plans for World Cups and European Championships to take place every two years... :eyes:
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- Don Robbie (@ItsDonRobbie) July 5, 2021
The World Cup has been held every four years since its inception in 1930, barring 1942 and 1946 when it was not staged due to the second World War.
Although a biennial World Cup is attractive to broadcasters, it has been sternly repelled by federations, leagues and clubs who fear player burnout.
Likewise, when asked about a potential biennial World Cup in April during a press conference, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola kidded: "Maybe we should ask UEFA and FIFA to extend a year. Maybe we could have 400 days a year".
Fans also appear to be split over the decision, with many saying the long wait between each World Cup is what makes the occasion so special.
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