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Nordic football bodies oppose biennial World Cup

The Nordic football associations have joined the critics on suggestions from within world governing body FIFA to hold the World Cup every two years from 2028 onwards.

The Nordic football associations have joined the critics on suggestions from within world governing body FIFA to hold the World Cup every two years from 2028 onwards.

It was even suggested such change could prompt federations to leave FIFA as a last resort.

The federations from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Faroes agreed on Friday that the proposals would harm European, other continental and women’s football, and add to the player workload.

FIFA advisory group around former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently proposed biennial World Cup from 2028 onwards and continental tournaments in the years between them.

They said players would not have additional games, dedicated rest periods, and international breaks would be limited to one or two every year.

The idea has been met with fierce opposition from Europe’s body UEFA and national federations as well as club and player groups.

Danish federation chairman Jesper Moeller said the FIFA plans would destroy all efforts to promote women’s football which has a strong standing in the region and in other countries.

FIFA‘s plan for the World Cup every two years will destroy all that development and make it difficult to move forward with women’s football, both in Denmark and especially worldwide,” Moeller said.

He also criticised that FIFA wasn’t listening to objections and appeared set to force through the changes.

“In the worst case and last resort, it can not be ruled out that it could lead to federations opting out of FIFA in protest and lack of desire for the new set-up,” Moeller warned.

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