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BFF backs Fifa World Cup every two years

  • Published at 06:14 pm September 6th, 2021
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File photo of Fifa president Gianni Infantino during his press meet in Dhaka in October, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and SL said in a joint statement that they were among the 166 national federations who voted in favor of a World Cup every two years

Governing body Fifa's proposal to hold the World Cup every two years instead of every four has received support from four football federations in South Asia, who said it would spur development of the game in the region.

In May, Fifa's congress voted to carry out a feasibility study on holding the World Cup and the women's World Cup every two years, though proposals to change the established four-year cycle is set to face resistance from European governing body Uefa's and the continent's top clubs.

Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka said in a joint statement that they were among the 166 national federations who voted in favor at the congress.

"Four-year gaps between Fifa World Cup is too great – and the window of opportunity too small – to preclude whole generations of talent," the federations said.

"Less than a quarter of current AFC member associations have been represented in almost a century of Fifa World Cup finals in a situation where these tournaments are the real drivers of development."

The Asian Football Confederation is guaranteed four automatic spots and an intercontinental play-off slot in the men's 2020 World Cup alongside tournament hosts Qatar.

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