— Published 12 November 2021

Premier League unanimous against every two years World Cup


FIFA’s plan to hold the World Cup every two years, which was prepared by Arsène Wenger and supported by Gianni Infantino, continues to arouse the hostility of European football. The twenty clubs of the English Premier League have declared themselves “unanimously” opposed to a reform of the international calendar after 2024. In a statement published on Thursday 11 November, they also said they were unanimously opposed to an “extension of international windows”. The English clubs fear that a reform of the international calendar would cause injuries to the players involved in the national teams. They also cite “fan experience, pre-season preparation and the quality of the competitions” as arguments against playing the World Cup every other year. The Premier League has also unveiled the schedule for the 2022-2023 season, which will be dominated internationally by the World Cup in Qatar in November and December. It will begin on 6 August, but will be interrupted between 13 November and 26 December 2022, eight days after the World Cup final.