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Who benefits from plans for a biennial football world cup? | Inside Story

Al Jazeera, 18 Oct 2021
Could we see the beautiful game every two years instead of four?
That's the push from the world governing body FIFA, that's wants to change the way the football world cup is played.
But the proposal has been widely criticised by some sports federations, football coaches and players.
Those against the plan say switching from the four-year calendar could seriously affect players' mental and physical health, overshadow the women's edition of the tournament and affect the schedules of other sports.
FIFA intends to reduce the number of qualifying and friendly matches to keep players from being overworked.
Yet 166 of FIFA's 210 national associations back the idea of further research.

Presenter: Sami Zeidan

Guests:

Ilija Trojanovic - strategic adviser at Dowli sports and former consultant for the Qatar World Cup 2022 Supreme Committee.

Danny Jordaan - President of the South African Football Association, and former CEO of South Africa's World Cup in 2010.

Marcela Mora y Araujo - football writer.

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