Only in May did Saudi Arabia debut what seemed like a half-finished idea, as coaches always say players need more rest, not more trophies.
But the fact that 166 out of 211 countries supported a feasibility study on the Saudi plan shows how easy it is to implement this idea, which is supported by FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
Note that the sport’s world governing body is already publishing polls that fans support a plan that could dramatically increase the $ 1 billion in revenue it currently makes from the tournament every four years.
Two continental confederations, UEFA and its South American counterpart CONMEBOL, opposed the proposal.
But the other three main bodies where the vast majority of the votes reside – the Asian Football Confederation, the CONCACAF North America region and the African Football Confederation – welcomed them, not least because they would get more money from the FIFA.
Given this, it is unlikely that the European and South American blocs will raise a third of the probable total to block any proposal since they only collect for 65 of the 211 members of FIFA.
It seems that yes, come vote next year, ‘What FIFA wants, FIFA gets’ and we can say goodbye to the preseason training for our national tournaments and get used to the idea of a Winter World Cup with more countries in the hottest parts of the planet that host the host.
One of the most fervent opponents of the idea is Jürgen Klopp, who highlighted the idea of a mandatory 25-day rest period for players at the end of the tournament, proposed by the rational architect of the idea, Arsene Wenger.
When the Premier League lost last season due to the Covid pandemic, the coaches claimed that the lack of preparation of the players led to more injuries.
But the fact that this becomes the norm is what Klopp refutes, as he mourns the loss of his club’s ability to get far ahead of the season and prepare for next year.
But for every Klopp and Gareth Bale, who have spoken saying that the World Cup is special because it is only held every four years, there is Ronaldo (Brazilian), Peter Schmeichel or Yaya Touré who say it is a good idea.