FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, has said that there’s a backing from the majority football stakeholders for the biennial World Cup plan.
This was said by the FIFA supremo after the national football leaders were told the switch would create an extra $4.4 billion in revenues for the world body.
“If I was going to a vote tomorrow probably the majority would vote in favour of a World Cup every two years,” Infantino told a news conference after the summit.
“But it is not the topic, we are looking at the entire calendar and how we can make football better and how many we can bring on board with a new way of organising the future in football,” he added.
The delegates at Monday’s summit were told that a report by Italian company Open Economics had found that the revenues of domestic leagues and UEFA competitions were not hurt by national team and international club competitions.
A report from Nielsen predicted that the biennial World Cup plan would see revenues rise from an expected $7 billion – for a 48-team tournament – to $11.4 billion over a four-year cycle thanks to increased ticket receipts and media rights and sponsorship revenues.
Infantino however, did not reveal when any vote would be held or whether it would be on the agenda at the FIFA congress in Doha on March 31.
He said: “It is about getting the right decisions for football at the end of the day and we will take the time that it takes, to come to this decision. I will not commit to anything at the congress. Everything is open and flexible,” he said.
“We continue the dialogue, the analysis, we hope we can make progress, one way or the other, or some middle way, we will see,” he said.
This article was updated 12 months ago