FIFA claims majority of fans support World Cup to be played every two years

FIFA has sensationally claimed that, through a survey they conducted, the “majority” of fans support proposals for a biennial World Cup.

The idea to have the landmark tournament take place every two years instead of every four has received an awful lot of criticism across the football spectrum. Some believe it’s unfair on the players given the time they need to rest between domestic campaigns, whereas others feel as if it’s just another way for FIFA to make more money.

Have the fans spoken?

“A survey has provided feedback as part of the feasibility study regarding the frequency of the men’s FIFA World Cup,” FIFA said in a statement.

“The findings of this online survey, conducted in July 2021, will be used as part of a wider consultation process involving fans, which will take place over several phases.

“Fifteen-thousand respondents were identified as expressing an interest in football and the FIFA World Cup, from a broader market research survey involving 23,000 people in 23 countries, across six confederations, commissioned via IRIS and YouGov, independent industry experts.

“Based on initial results, the following conclusions can be drawn: the majority of fans would like to see a more frequent men’s FIFA World Cup – of this majority, the preferred frequency is biennial; there are considerable differences between the so-called traditional markets and the developing football markets; and younger generations in all regions are more open and interested in change than older generations.”

As seen in the above tweets from Martyn Ziegler, there’s a whole lot more to this than initially meets the eye beyond FIFA declaring that 55% of those surveyed preferred a more frequent World Cup.

Regardless of which side of the argument you fall on, this issue isn’t going away anytime soon.

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