FIFA’s biennial World Cup proposal may be flawed, but it will address inequality between football nations – Soccer Sports

“It’s all about money.” You’ve probably heard critics FIFA’s biennial World Cup What exactly do you point out and guess? Mainly so. And from a FIFA perspective, that’s nothing wrong. Their core mission is literally “to develop games, touch the world and build a better future”.

All of them are expensive, or at least much easier to do with money. Why because FIFA funds (mainly forward programs) are almost the only source of income for the majority of federations around the world, and the World Cup is basically the only source of income to fund FIFA member federations. Won’t you do that? Want to double the World Cup every four years?

How the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers work around the world

I have a colleague who likes to say “FIFA will be FIFA”, but he is right. Dissatisfaction with FIFA’s desire to generate more competition, generate more income and distribute more money to its members is that unions want more wages and better working conditions. It’s like a private equity fund wanting to squeeze assets and maximize profits. On behalf of the client. You can call it greed or desire for power or whatever you like, but it is within their authority. And, frankly, it is in good agreement with the interests of their membership association.

Approximately two-thirds of FIFA member countries do not have a professional men’s league, and many of the other one-thirds who do have a professional league are closer to English League 2 than the Premier League or Liga. We provide wages and working conditions. These countries feel that club games cannot rely on organic growth. This is the roadmap for building games in Europe and South America. In a globalized world, many sponsors and broadcasters want to spend money on established products rather than those in their immediate vicinity.

The next time you watch a Premier League match, be aware of the number of sponsors from outside England as well as Western Europe. Or take into account the fact that even in the United States, the world’s largest economy, broadcasting rights in the local top professional league (Major League Soccer) are less valuable than the Premier League, Spain’s Liga and Italy’s Serie A.See your country’s money flowing out Participate in the major European leagues through sponsors and broadcasters, and they ask themselves. How can even local businesses compete if they are already spending cash in the rich leagues that are half the world?

This is where you might want to say: “It’s the world economy, keep quiet and deal with it.” Fair enough, but don’t be surprised that FIFA, powered by 211 members, may decide to meet the needs of the majority of member associations. ..

Now is a good time to note that we do not support the biennial World Cup plan proposed by Arsene Wenger. Some good factors include reducing the number of international breaks per year from 5 to 3 (2 in the more radical version), reducing the number of World Cup qualifiers, and introducing mandatory breaks after the summer. I think there is competition. Some things, like the major international tournaments of the year, suddenly become ambiguous about the expanded Club World Cup and I don’t really like where they are on the calendar. It may prey on the attention of sponsors and women’s games, and even with rest periods, we risk overworking a small group of top players.

While we’re working on it, I really don’t like the way this was done-by Consignment of feasibility study (at the request of Saudi Arabia) With few details, we send Wenger around the world to preach the gospel of the biennial World Cup without first consulting with other stakeholders such as coalitions, leagues and players.It feels like power play, and it’s probably not surprising UEFA, CONMEBOL, FIFPro (Global Players Union), World League Forum, The European Club Association and many other organizations are against it.

Imagine saying that your spouse has planned to sell your home and move it to a camper van. “Honey, I planned to sign the paperwork next week, but don’t worry. I really care. What do you think … In fact, help us choose an RV to live in for the rest of our lives. It’s not surprising given how it happened and faced what looked like: faitaccompli -Wenger even said he hopes all this will be approved by December-UEFA President Alexander Seferin has highlighted plans to boycott the biennial World Cup.

For now, it looks like a chicken game, and as often happens, it may end up with some sort of 11-hour compromise. However, the international match calendar (a global memorandum between clubs, leagues, associations, international football federations, and FIFA that controls when games are played) expires in 2024, avoiding havoc (and subsequent financial losses). Time is ticking to do. There are sponsorship agreements and media rights agreements to sign), which must be realistically traded by this time next year at the latest.

However, it is important to remember that each stakeholder cares about the interests of its members. FIFA is pushing this for the benefit of the majority of FIFA countries (the majority, not the majority, when it comes to cash generated for games). this is, CONCACAF And that Asian Football Confederation They said they were “open” to the proposal. As far as I know, so was the African Union. Oceania Football Confederation -And their 11 full FIFA members-just happily talk.

UEFA and CONMEBOL (the people who control most of the desirable (and profitable) products) are acting in the interests of their stakeholders. FIFPro and the domestic league are doing the same. Thinking about it, it’s what it should be. It’s a special benefit to protect their patches.

However, the top priority issue remains. The game is very popular all over the world, but money mainly flows to two continents, of which a few countries on these two continents (and). that, A few clubs, they are all in Western Europe). And it’s not just income inequality. It is an inequality on the road to opportunity, development and growth.

Depending on where you are politically, you may or may not see problems with this. That’s fine, but don’t blame FIFA for dealing with this and riding the “what you have and what you don’t” story. Their plans may be flawed, but the way they promote it is wrong, and perhaps their ultimate self-interest is not purely altruistic (in football, like politics, a drawstring purse). If you control, you control the world, and when FIFA President Gianni Infantino has more control over his money, he will become even more powerful), they are the majority of their members. They are reacting to what the poor and underdeveloped members say, especially they are suffering as a result of the status quo-want.

Oh yeah, FIFA has become FIFA and few of the football governing bodies have the highest reputation, but the last three standing presidents of CONMEBOL (Nicholas Leos, Eugenio Figuerade, Juan Angel) Napout) was all accused of corruption and banned from the game, the last four CONCACAF presidents (Jack Warner, Lisle Austin, Alfredo Awitt, Jeffrey Webb) were all charged with bans. And the last two presidents of the CAF (Issa Hayatou and Ahmad Ahmad), Oceania (Reynard Temari, David Chung), and the last AFC (Mohammed bin Hammam) and UEFA (Michel Platini) presidents- As Infantino himself admits, the FIFA name is still “toxic” to many. This happens six years ago when you were on the verge of being nominated. As a “criminal organization” by the US Department of Justice.

But that doesn’t mean they aren’t doing their job by claiming on behalf of their poor members (which happen to be the majority). And that advocacy alone cannot be a reason to oppose their proposed plans.

– Soccer Sports

FIFA’s biennial World Cup proposal may be flawed, but it will address inequality between football nations FIFA’s biennial World Cup proposal may be flawed, but it will address inequality between football nations

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