• Loading stock data...
Tuesday, April 16, 2024
  • -
    days
  • -
    hours
  • -
    minutes
  • -
    seconds

FIFA Duels UEFA Over Adding World Cups

  • FIFA wants to double the frequency of the World Cup to every two years.
  • UEFA and CONMEBOL are opposed to the concept.
trophy
FIFA/Design: Alex Brooks

FIFA wants to double the frequency of the men’s World Cup to every two years, but it faces opposition from major governing bodies.

The global soccer organization released results of a 15,000-person survey indicating global support for the move.

However, Europe’s UEFA and its South American equivalent CONMEBOL both oppose the concept. UEFA hosts the Euro Cup every four years, and a biennial World Cup could compete with that tournament for fan attention and player participation.

CONMEBOL’s Copa America tournament would face similar challenges.

  • FIFA’s revenue is highly dependent on the World Cup — it typically posts losses three years out of four and makes it up in World Cup years. The organization took in $6.4 billion from 2017-2020, over 70% of which came in 2018.
  • UEFA’s revenue is much steadier. It earned between $2 billion and $3.5 billion each year from 2017-2020 for a total of $12.5 billion.
  • Qatar expects a $20 billion economic boost from hosting the 2022 World Cup.

Europe and South America combine for 65 of FIFA’s 211 affiliated associations, just short of the one-third needed to block any proposal, but UEFA and CONMEBOL have threatened to boycott additional World Cups should FIFA enact the proposal.

European and South American teams have won every World Cup in its 91-year history.

Linkedin
Whatsapp
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

Wrexham, Leverkusen Write Hollywood Stories

The guaranteed payoff for Wrexham is modest but still significant.

Champions League Hosts Ramp Up Security Amid ISIS Threat

Cities are increasing police presence after social media posts.

Women’s Basketball Finally Has a TV Deal to Match the Excitement. Now What?

A lucrative new media-rights contract could rectify problems of the past, but the future of March Madness media rights is anyone’s guess.
Mar 16, 2024; Washington, D.C., USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack forward DJ Burns Jr. (30) cuts the net after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels for the ACC Conference Championship at Capital One Arena.

How Two College Seniors Helped DJ Burns Cash In on a Final Four Run

Two college seniors are facilitating deals for NC State’s big man.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

Inside the Most-Hyped WNBA Draft in History

0:00
0:00

Featured Today

Mar 31, 2024; Portland, OR, USA; NCAA officials measure the three point line while coaches from the Texas Longhorns and NC State Wolfpack watch with referees in the finals of the Portland Regional of the NCAA Tournament at the Moda Center center.

NCAA Has No One to Blame for Latest Women’s March Madness Transgressions

NCAA is still making avoidable mistakes three years after a complete overhaul.
Nov 16, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; General view of the championship banners at Assembly Hall prior to the game between Austin Peay and Indiana.
March 31, 2024

How to Make It in Basketball: Become a Manager at Indiana

Inside the Hoosiers’ unglamorous, profoundly rewarding incubator for basketball’s biggest names.
Mar 19, 2021; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Oral Roberts Golden Eagles forward Kevin Obanor (0) and guard Carlos Jurgens (11) and guard Max Abmas (3) and forward Francis Lacis (22) celebrate after an overtime victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Mackey Arena.
March 30, 2024

Cinderella Runs Are Great in the Moment. Then Things Can Get Messy

Sustaining success can arguably be more challenging than beating Goliath.
Mar 10, 2024; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Southern California Trojans guard JuJu Watkins (12) cuts the net after the Pac-12 Tournament women's championship game against the Stanford Cardinal at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
March 28, 2024

The Pac-12 Built a Women’s Basketball Powerhouse. Then Realignment Hit

The breakup is happening at the worst time for the sport.

Careers

Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Nike
Multiple - USA Careers
NBA
Multiple - USA Careers
Dunham's Sports
Multiple - USA Careers

Ukraine’s Improbable Soccer Run Continues With Euros Qualification

The country reaches its first major soccer tournament since Russia’s invasion began.
March 4, 2024

FIA President Under Investigation for Alleged F1 Race Tinkering 

Mohammed Ben Sulayem is being scrutinized for his role in overturning a crucial penalty at F1’s 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. 
March 6, 2024

Super Bowl LVIII Scores Big With International Viewers

The NFL gets a 10% global boost compared to last year.
Sponsored

Rapid Returns: How Technology Is Getting You Back to Your Seat

How Oracle’s POS technology is helping fans get back to their seats faster.
February 29, 2024

Paris Games Gain Momentum With $2B Completion of Olympic Village

The $2.2 billion housing project finished on time and was essentially on budget.
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford passes during the first half against the Everton.
February 26, 2024

Everton Financial Punishment Trimmed After Appeal Is Partially Successful

Everton’s appeal of the EPL’s 10-point punishment was reduced to a six-point loss.
Lionel Messi
February 23, 2024

Copa América Tickets Climb in Latest Lionel Messi Effect

Tickets for Argentina’s game in Miami are pushing five figures.
German protests
February 21, 2024

German Football League Abandons Outside Investment After Protests

Bundesliga rethinks $1 billion media rights plan.