— Published 29 October 2021

CONMEBOL would boycott a World Cup every two years

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FIFA’s plan for a World Cup every two years continues to divide the football world. After UEFA, which is against the idea brought by Gianni Infantino, another continental confederation has joined the camp of the opponents. The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) declared on Thursday 28 October that its 10 members would refuse to participate in a World Cup every other year. The body expressed its position in a statement, issued after a meeting of its Council in the Paraguayan city of Luque. “There is no reason, advantage or justification to go towards this change proposed by FIFA, writes CONMEBOL. The ten countries that make up CONMEBOL confirm that they will not participate in a World Cup organized every two years. Such a project turns its back on almost 100 years of world soccer tradition, ignoring the history of one of the most important sporting events on the planet. CONMEBOL supports the current World Cup, with its modalities and classification systems, because it has proven to be a successful model, based on sporting excellence and rewarding effort, talent and work.” The message is clear: the South American confederation does not want the project. Like UEFA, it is already ready to boycott a World Cup organized every even year. Elsewhere, the discourse is less clear-cut. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has declared itself in favor of the idea proposed by Arsène Wenger, in charge of soccer development at FIFA. The three other continental confederations (AFC for Asia, CONCACAF for North, Central America and the Caribbean, OFC for Oceania) are still divided. But they have assured that they are ready for discussion and are looking forward to the vast consultation announced by FIFA.