FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants the World Cup to be staged every three years after what he believes has been a ‘game-changer’ in Qatar.
Speaking ahead of the final, which proved to be quite the spectacle, Infantino claimed the 2022 edition had been “the best World Cup ever”.
“The first item I want to highlight and stress of course is the praise, the unanimous praise of the FIFA Council for this World Cup, for the unique cohesive power that this World Cup has shown,” he said.
“The thanks to everyone who was involved, to of course, Qatar, all the volunteers who worked, everyone who has contributed to make this World Cup the best World Cup ever.”
The tournament is reported to have generated record revenues of £6.2bn, an increase of £840m on the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Daily Mail report that the success of Qatar has convinced Infantino that staging the World Cup in the middle of the European winter has proved to be a ‘game-changer’.
Infantino, who last week announced that an expanded Club World Cup will take place in 2025 despite the lack of backing from players, clubs and confederations, now reportedly wants the World Cup to be held every three years.
But the president looks set to face significant resistance from UEFA and the South American confederation, CONMEBOL, who combined to defeat a proposal to stage the event every two years that had been championed by FIFA’s head of global football development Arsene Wenger.
Writing by Tersoo Nicholas