Fiji Football Association supports biennial World Cup

According to BBC Sports, a biennial World Cup would generate more than £ 3.3 billion ($ 9.33 billion) in additional revenue over a four-year cycle, delegates to the FIFA virtual world summit said on Monday.

Mohammed Yusuf, general manager of the Fiji Football Association, and Antionio Tuivuna, member of the Digicel men’s national team (right), during the team’s training session at the Fiji FA Academy, Ba , December 15, 2021. Photo: Fiji FA Media

Mohammed Yusuf, Managing Director of the Fiji Football Association, accepted the biennial World Cup proposal

The plan was proposed by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

On Monday, FIFA hosted a global summit of leaders of national soccer federations to discuss its proposal to increase the frequency of the World Cup from every four years to two as part of an overhaul schedule that would create additional income for the global body.

Speaking to SUNsports, Yusuf agrees with the plan.

“Fiji FA supports the proposal in principle,” he said.

“There will be an opportunity for regular international matches. “

However, Yusuf said he does not know what percentage of the funds will be allocated to Fiji.

According to BBC Sports, a biennial World Cup would generate more than £ 3.3 billion ($ F9.33b) in additional revenue over a four-year cycle, delegates to the FIFA Virtual World Summit were informed on Monday.

All 211 member associations have been invited to the summit as debate over Arsène Wenger’s plan to double the frequency of the World Cup intensifies.

UEFA, the European major leagues and the governing body of South American football, CONMEBOL, have opposed the plans.

CAF, the African governing body, provided support.

Delegates learned that the overall financial impact on gates revenue, media rights and sponsorship income from a World Cup every two years would lead to an expected increase of £ 5.3bn ($ F14.98b) for the 48-team tournament which will take place in three countries in 2030 for an amount of £ 8.6 billion ($ F24.31b) over a four-year cycle with two World Cups.

The meeting was informed that FIFA estimates that on average national associations will each receive around £ 12.1million (34.20million F) in additional funds, although the precise method of distribution has not been made. been clarified.

Wenger is determined to close the funding gap between the richest and the poorest countries and, in turn, to increase the chances of players in poorer countries to be developed to the maximum of their talent.

A report commissioned by the World Leagues Forum in November said the FIFA proposal could cost domestic leagues and UEFA around € 8 billion (£ 6.8 billion) (F 19.22 billion) ) per season in lost television rights and commercial agreements.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said he remained convinced that consensus could be reached on plans to revise the football calendar despite fierce opposition in Europe and South America.

“If I went to a [FIFA Congress] vote tomorrow, probably the majority would vote in favor of the World Cups every two years, ”he said.

“But we are looking at the whole calendar. We are looking at how we can improve football and we are looking at how much we can involve with a new way of organizing football in the future.

“We continue the dialogue, we continue the analysis; we hope that we can progress in one way or another, or in a middle way.

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