FIFA president Gianni Infantino remains committed to the controversial proposals over staging a biennial World Cup despite them being met with fierce opposition, after a feasibility report laid out the potential advantages of the drastic change.
The independent findings discovered that switching to holding the tournament every two years would generate over £3.3billion in additional revenue over the course of four years, with FIFA keen to introduce a more level playing field.
On Monday, the study – a document made up of over 700 pages – was presented, with delegates from the 211 member associations of the organisation taken through the project, which has been masterminded by Arsene Wenger.
The research came from studies undertaken by Nielsen and OpenEconomics, in the hope of assuaging the concerns held by the likes of UEFA, the major leagues across Europe and CONMEBOL, South America’s football governing body.
•Gianni Infantino and FIFA remain committed to their controversial biennial World Cup plans
All member associations were invited to the summit with criticism over the shake-up to the football calendar intensifying, and delegates were told that the financial uptick on ticket sales, media rights and sponsorships would increase substantially.
Source: Daily Mail