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Infantino proposes spreading FIFA' World Cup across regions and not limited to wealthy countries

Friday, January 22nd 2016 - 12:41 UTC
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Infantino has a plan to expand World Cup to 40 teams, allowing several countries to stage matches ensuring it is not limited to just a few wealthy potential hosts. Infantino has a plan to expand World Cup to 40 teams, allowing several countries to stage matches ensuring it is not limited to just a few wealthy potential hosts.
Each of FIFA’s members will be offered US$5 million to invest in development projects and running costs and another US$1 million, if required, for travel Each of FIFA’s members will be offered US$5 million to invest in development projects and running costs and another US$1 million, if required, for travel

The World Cup could be spread across entire regions, emulating the continent-wide 2020 European Championship, if Gianni Infantino wins the FIFA presidential election next month. The UEFA secretary general used his manifesto to say FIFA should not limit the tournament to be being held in one or two countries. The 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea was the only time the event has been co-hosted.

 Infantino, working alongside Michel Platini at UEFA, spearheaded spreading Euro 2020 across 13 countries.

In November, Infantino announced his plan to expand the World Cup to 40 teams. Allowing several countries to stage matches in about a dozen stadiums would ensure the tournament is not limited to just a few wealthy potential hosts.

“FIFA should investigate the possibility of organizing the World Cup not only in one or two countries but in a whole region, so enabling several countries to enjoy the honor and benefits,” Infantino’s manifesto says.

The first World Cup bidding after the February 26 election is for the 2026 tournament. The launch of the contest has been stalled since last year when FIFA was swept up in a global soccer corruption scandal, which led to Joseph Blatter announcing plans to quit before being banned.

Infantino, who is Swiss, is one of five presidential candidates seeking votes from FIFA’s 209 member associations.

In an attempt to entice federations, Infantino is also offering them a greater share of FIFA’s wealth, saying a “proper risk analysis must be conducted” into whether the governing body requires cash reserves as high as US$1.5 billion.

Each of FIFA’s members will be offered US$5 million to invest in development projects and running costs — a huge increase on the US$2.05 million per federation 2011-2014 — and another US$1 million, if required, for travel, which would be attractive to small nations in remote regions.

Additionally, each of the six confederations will be handed US$40 million to invest in development projects and their regional offshoots in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Central America can request another US$4 million to organize youth tournaments.

The amounts are all within a four-year cycle.

“If the target of 50% of distribution of FIFA’s income is reached, these amounts will further increase significantly,” Infantino said.

Infantino entered the race only after Platini, his boss at UEFA, was initially suspended by FIFA in October before being handed an eight-year ban last month.

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  • Briton

    spreading FIFA' World Cup across regions
    What a bloody genius,

    first matches in Scotland, return matches in Australia,
    play offs in Mexico and extra time played in Arabia,
    1/4 finals in Argentina, semis in Iceland and the final in Siberia,
    fantastic, yep spread the game, spread the cost, spread the travel and all will win,

    but then, what do I know abt football or FIFA.

    Jan 22nd, 2016 - 01:40 pm 0
  • MagnusMaster

    Why not just stop demanding host nations to build new stadiums in the middle of nowhere?

    Jan 22nd, 2016 - 03:46 pm 0
  • Conqueror

    @1. Since when would Australia be in the same region as Scotland? Ditto Mexico and Arabia. Ditto Argieland and Iceland/Siberia.
    What do you know about football or FIFA? Sod all.
    For a start, Scotland doesn't have the money to host a major tournament.
    Arabia is too hot.
    Nobody with any intelligence would travel to argieland or Siberia.
    I certainly wouldn't place myself at the mercy of Arabs, argies, Mexicans, Russians.
    Does your suggestion include an SAS hit squad?

    Jan 22nd, 2016 - 06:34 pm 0
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