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Global every two years: the project could cost 3 billion euros to European federations


UEFA presented on Tuesday the conclusions of a study attempting to estimate the consequences of the organization of the men's and women's World Cup.

A report commissioned by UEFA estimates between 2.5 and 3 billion euros over four years the shortfall of the European federations if the controversial project of Fifa to review the international calendar was adopted.

UEFA presented the findings of this study to the leaders of its 55 member federations on Tuesday.

This report does not take into account the possible additional shortfall for the national championships, specify Le Monde and L'Equipe, who have revealed the content of the document.

The European and South American confederations are headlong against the reform of the international calendar defended by Fifa, which envisages the organization of the men's and women's World Cup every two years from 2028, instead of the usual pace quadrennial.

To this sling joined representatives of national championships from around the world, such as the LFP in France, players and supporters.

Note that the Christmas FFF Le Graët is more open.

The League of Nations would disappear in the event of reform

For the president of Fifa Gianni Infantino, who begins the consultations in recent days with the coaches, his project would lead to better benefits for the federations.

In addition to the biennial World Cup, the project plans to bring together the qualifying matches in a single window, in October, or even in March and October, while the current international windows are spread throughout the year.

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According to Le Monde, the League of Nations, a competition newly created by UEFA in which France is the title holder, would also disappear. The Euro would be organized every two years, instead of four today. For UEFA, such a scenario risks causing losses related to ticketing, broadcasters and sponsors. Women's football, as well as many other sports like cycling or athletics, also fear being marginalized if a men's football tournament is held every summer.

FIFA assures that its reform will have the merit of reducing player fatigue and travel.

For the moment, it is struggling to make itself heard among the general public.

A full report must be published in November, before the organization of a "global summit" by the end of the year during which the 211 federations could be asked to decide.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2021-10-20

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