L’Équipe report that French Football Federation president Noël Le Graët took part in a video call organised by FIFA with its 211 member organisations, to discuss the prospect of a World Cup every two years.
Le Graët’s openness to the idea sets him apart from UEFA’s position, with the European football authorities opposing FIFA’s project and president Aleksander Čeferin threatening a boycott of European teams should the project take place.
“I’m very favourable for the girls, as long as it happens in winter, and not in summer when it’s to close to the guys’ one. For the guys’ one, personally, I’m not against it, but I wouldn’t give it a blank cheque either. There is a big reflection on my part – I need to know if the project enriches or impoverishes the French federation, of which I am president.”
“Not looking at this project would be an error. I understand that other countries are upset that Europe has organised a new competition [Nations League] which prevents them from playing friendlies against European teams. We can’t ignore other areas of the world. Rich countries will always find competitions in which to play each other. I listened to South Africa and Morocco’s arguments, who explained that they had trouble organising friendlies because Europe had pencilled in something for all of the dates. So again, I am not opposed to a World Cup every two years, even if I would like to get a closer look at the project.”