Soccer-Meeting National Coach Wenger on World Cup Plans

File Photo: The FIFA logo will appear in front of its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, on August 5, 2020. REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann

October 18, 2021

Simon Evans

Manchester, England (Reuters) – FIFA has invited coaches from all 211 men’s national teams to the meeting on plans for the 211 World Cup and a new international match calendar, the organization said Monday.

The video conference for coaches will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will be led by Arsene Wenger, a former Arsenal manager who is responsible for FIFA’s global football development.

UEFA has vowed to oppose FIFA’s plans until it is dropped by FIFA, sources told Reuters on Friday, and if the plans proceeded with a scheduled vote in December, European groups would move to new tournaments and calendars. He said he would refuse to participate. [L1N2RB1H8]

“As coaches for the men’s national team, their views are essential,” Wenger, who was at the center of the development of the FIFA plan, said in a statement.

“We rarely get together, but we need to accept these opportunities as such dialogues help us all protect the unique place of football in the world and make it truly global. I have.”

FIFA argues that the biennial World Cup will increase the chances of countries participating in tournaments, reduce international breaks, streamline the qualification process, and reduce player movement. ..

UEFA states that the more frequent World Cup will diminish the fame of the tournament, and holding major tournaments each year will increase the burden on players and congest the schedule.

FIFA is in another discussion about the future of women’s football, led by former US women’s coach Jill Ellis.

(Report by Simon Evans; edited by Christian Radnedge)

Soccer-Meeting National Coach Wenger on World Cup Plans

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