All 20 Premier League clubs unanimously OPPOSE FIFA’s plans for a biennial World Cup tournament and ‘significantly extended international windows’ on grounds of player welfare, pre-season plans and fan experience
- Premier League clubs collectively hit back at the post-2024 international plans
- The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is being held between November and December
- It means European leagues are having to adapt their calendars accordingly
- Plans have been laid out for the international football scene post-2014
- FIFA have been pushing for a biennial World Cup but clubs are in opposition
All 20 Premier League have collectively come together to oppose FIFA’s plans with regards to the post-2024 International Match Calendar reform process.
Football body FIFA have been pushing for a biennial World Cup tournament and larger international windows, with these proposed plans now going down terribly with top flight teams.
Following the announcement of plans – in the aftermath of the release of a revised 2022-23 fixture calendar to accommodate the Qatar World Cup – the Premier League released a statement in which it was confirmed that all clubs were against the proposal.
All 20 Premier League clubs have unanimously opposed the fixture list to accommodate Qatar
The statement read: ‘All 20 Premier League clubs have discussed the post-2024 International Match Calendar reform process and are unanimously opposed to FIFA’s proposal for biennial men’s World Cups, along with any plans involving significantly extended international windows.
Clubs raised concerns about the negative impacts FIFA’s current proposals would have on player welfare, the fan experience, pre-season preparations and the quality of competitions.
Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, added: ‘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.
Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, says all ‘radical plans’ will be challenged
‘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 is hosting the World Leagues Forum’s Annual General Meeting in London on December 2 and 3.
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