FIFA’s chief of global football development Arsene Wenger believes soccer’s governing body should consider holding the World Cup every two years so that players in their prime can have more chances to win it.
The former Arsenal manager also says an upcoming review of the world calendar will consider compressed tournament qualifiers and enforced breaks for players.
is a close advisor to FIFA president Gianni Infantino and says the current four-year wait for a World Cup is unfair to players and the focus should be on “competitions of meaning”.
“If you look at the teams in the World Cups usually the average age is 27, 28,” Wenger told broadcaster belN Sports.
“That’s why, because the World Cup is every four years, there are very few chances to win it again because when they go back to the next World Cup they are 32/33.
“That’s why maybe we should organise the World Cup every two years.”
Wenger, who has been critical of UEFA’s Nations League in the past, said as well as the World Cup, the European Championships should also be held on a biennial basis.
“Kick all the rest out. Organise only competitions of meaning and kick all the parallel competitions out of the game,” he said.
“People must understand what is at stake and only have games with meaning.”
The Frenchman said one idea on the agenda for a FIFA review to start this month is to compact qualifiers for the major tournaments and reduce the amount of international breaks taken from domestic football.
“The ideal solution would be to regroup the qualifiers in one month, let’s say in October, you qualify and the rest of the season you play for your club,” he said.
Wenger said whatever calendar was agreed had to include a clear break for players.
“I believe it’s needed, with the physical resources that the players need today, it’s important that you have four weeks’ holiday,” he said.