Women’s leagues be a part of UEFA opposition to biennial World Cup

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Oct 4 (Reuters) – FIFA’s plans for a biennial World Cup would have a “profoundly detrimental” affect on the ladies’s recreation and essentially alter its improvement, Europe’s high ladies’s leagues and European governing physique UEFA stated on Monday.

In a joint statement, the organisations criticised the session course of FIFA employed whereas conducting a feasibility examine into holding the lads’s and ladies’s World Cup on a biennial foundation.

The organisations additionally expressed issues in regards to the event including to an already congested worldwide calendar, hampering the visibility of ladies’s soccer and leading to gamers being overworked.

“The fast-paced nature of the (so far) very selective consultation process and all-but agreed proposals have not allowed a careful reflection on what is in the best interests of… women’s football or adequately assessed the possible irreversible consequences such a change might entail,” the assertion stated.

“To be clear, this is not in any way about Europe defending its position, nor a question of national team versus club football.

“Our reservations centre on our want for a balanced and inclusive international improvement that offers ladies and ladies one of the best circumstances to play probably the most beloved recreation in any respect ranges and in each society.”

The statement was co-signed by the European Club Association (ECA) and women’s leagues from England, Germany, Italy, Finland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

The ECA, which represents 234 European clubs, said last month a biennial World Cup would lead to a “direct and damaging affect on the membership recreation” while UEFA urged FIFA to engage in “real session” over reforming the calendar. read more

Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru
Editing by Christian Radnedge

A logo is pictured outside the UEFA in Nyon, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. Picture taken February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse