Tuesday Jul 20, 2021. 13:00
The Confederation of African Football has given its support to the idea of the men’s and women’s World Cup being staged every two years.
Saudi Arabia recently suggested to FIFA that the global tournament should be staged every two years, with the world governing body agreeing to investigate the possibility. The tournament is currently held every four years, with the next edition of the men’s tournament scheduled for Qatar in November and December of 2022, while the next women’s edition will be in Australia and New Zealand in July and August of 2023.
Now CAF, headed up by president Patrice Motsepe, has put their weight behind the proposal: “The Executive Committee [EXCO] of the Confederation of African Football, chaired by Patrice Motsepe, met on Friday, July 16, 2021, in Rabat, Morocco,” the organisation wrote in a statement.
“The EXCO gave its support to the idea of organising the FIFA World Cup every two years and called for the implementation of the recommendations of the final audit of CAF conducted by PWC.
“The Executive Committee gave its support to the project of a men’s and women’s World Cup every two years, which was formulated during the last FIFA Congress and the committee asked that FIFA be informed of this favourable reception.”
CAF have also confirmed the scheduled start of the next season of continental club competitions: “The kick-off will be September 10, 2021,” the statement continued. “The draw for the preliminary rounds will be made on August 15 2021 at the latest while bids to host the interclub finals will be opened in November 2021.”