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Monday, September 20, 2021
BFA Officials to Attend FIFA Online Summit

FIFA will hold an online summit with its member associations on September 30th to discuss the International Men's and Women's Calendar.

The Bermuda Football Association will also take part.

A World Cup every two years rather than four is part of FIFA's plans.

The current match calendar for the Women's game runs to the end of 2023, while the Men's expires in 2024.

"There is a broad consensus within the game that the international match calendar should be reformed and improved," said FIFA.

"This is one of several opportunities to establish a constructive and open debate, at a global and regional level, over the coming months and FIFA is looking forward to it."

World football's governing body said Arsene Wenger, FIFA's chief of global football development, and former United States women's team manager Jill Ellis were heading technical advisory groups looking at the men's and women's calendars.

European governing body UEFA, South American Confederation Conmebol and Europe's major leagues have declared their opposition to plans for a biennial World Cup.

Additionally, the Alliance of European Football Coaches' Associations (AEFCA) has written to UEFA to support its stance on the issue.

"The FIFA proposal leads to a considerable increase in the workload for all parties involved, but the already tight timetable does not offer any space for this," wrote AEFCA president Walter Gagg and secretary general Jurgen Pforr.

"This proposal to hold the World Cup every two years has a purely commercial background and is the continuation of a whole series of unsuitable FIFA proposals from recent years."
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