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Man City And Manchester United Join Premier League Clubs In Opposing Biennial World Cup Plan

All 20 Premier League clubs, including Manchester City and Manchester United, are unanimously against FIFA’s proposal to make radical changes to the men’s international football calendar, which would include a World Cup being staged every two years.

FIFA have been drawing up plans to completely transform the men’s international football calendar as we know it, so much so that Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development, was leading the plan to reduce the gap between World Cups to just two years, opposed to the traditional four.

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Clubs have raised concerns about the negative impact FIFA’s current proposals would have on player welfare, the fan experience, pre-season preparations and the quality of competitions.

All 20 clubs have discussed the post-2024 plan and have unanimously opposed the proposals.

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Richard Masters, the Premier League’s Chief Executive, in a statement, has said: “The Premier League is committed to preventing any radical changes to the post-2024 FIFA International Match Calendar that would adversely affect player welfare and threaten the competitiveness, calendar, structures and traditions of domestic football.

“We are open to reforms and new ideas, but they must enhance the complementary balance between domestic and international football in order to improve the game at all levels.

“This process should also involve meaningful agreements with the leagues that provide the foundations for the game.

“We will continue to work with supporter groups, players, domestic and international stakeholders to find solutions that are in the best interests of football’s long-term future.”

The Premier League has also confirmed that they will host the World Leagues Forum’s Annual General Meeting in London in December next month.

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