The former firearms owner says more standards are needed when the international football calendar is held.
Arsene Wenger has backed plans to host the World Cup every two years as part of a change in the international football calendar.
FIFA, the global governing body, is currently conducting a feasibility study to make men’s and women’s tournaments a biennial event instead of every four years.
Wenger believes that by reducing the amount of qualifying games and international breaks during the season, it will be possible to fit more into the World Cup schedule.
What did Wenger say?
The former gunman is now FIFA’s chief of world football’s development and international football reorganization has been high on his agenda in recent months.
The Frenchman believes that the current system of short international breaks, which is closed all season, is not suitable for modern sports because it puts a lot of pressure on the players and can disrupt the campaigns of domestic teams.
Wenger cited the example of Robert Lewandowski, who was injured on international duty with Poland in March and then lost both legs in Bayern Munich’s Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain the following month.
He told Cooker: “I always felt that a lot of short breaks were rather unpleasant for the players. These were always moments of uncertainty. How do the players feel mentally after that? Do you come back injured?” ? “
“The same thing happened to Robert Lewandowski, who was injured with the Polish national team against Andorra. It destroyed all of Bayern’s Champions League season.
Instead, Wenger says there should be a month-long international break in October to allow teams to play their entire qualifying campaign.
This will reduce the number of days set aside for international breaks from 50 to 28, and the number of qualifying matches from ten to seven.
“National teams can meet in October, play seven qualifying games for a month and then play the tournament finals in June,” he added.
“We want to reduce the number of games, it’s very important because we can see the condition of the players.”
‘More knockout matches, less qualifying game’
Wenger says the reduction in the number of days set aside for international breaks allows players to host a major tournament every summer at the right time.
He believes that football fans prefer knockout tournaments to qualifying games, so it will give them just what they want.
“We guarantee a rest after every tournament. Think of it this way: the 2026 World Cup in the USA, Mexico and Canada, the 2027 one European Championship and the second continental tournament 20 2028 the second World Cup and. Similarly, “he said.
“All competitions will last until 2024, and only then can changes be made.
“More knockout matches, less qualifying games. That’s what the fans want.”