FIFA president Gianni Infantino called for an overhaul of the international football calendar beyond 2024, insisting on a requirement to start with a “blank sheet of paper”.
“Let me be very clear: the starting point is not ‘the calendar is full and so nothing changes’,” he told the 71st FIFA Congress.
“The starting point is the exact opposite of that. We have a blank sheet, we are open to take on board all views and opinions about how we can make the international calendar better.”
Infantino reiterated his intention to “find a date” for a Club World Cup which he wants to see extended to 24 teams, despite widespread opposition to the plan.
However, he argued at length Friday for FIFA to play a key role in rewriting the calendar.
He said the organization is the “only body” that “generates” and “redistributes” its revenues “around the world” unlike continental confederations and leagues.
“Today, big leagues generate billions in revenues from all over the world – and these revenues are distributed where? To the 18-20 clubs in their leagues, with a small percentage going in solidarity.”
He added: “The only body which is generating revenues from all over the world and redistributing and investing all over the world in solidarity is FIFA.”
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