Women's Football: Do we really need extra World Cup tournaments, FIFA?


Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, has today announced plans to consider the possibility of extra Women's World Cups.

The plans would see the tournament held every two years, instead of the original four, in order to help grow the women's game further. The idea was proposed earlier this year in July by Noel Le Graet, president of the French FA. 

"Le Graet said we should organise the Women's World Cup every two years instead of every four years because it has such a big and positive impact on the women's game," Infantino explains speaking to Sky Sports News.

The president went onto explain that the change is something FIFA need to consider as there "are a lot of exciting points with regards to women's football in the next few years."

A possible biennial tournament has been met with both praise and criticism from fans on social media, with some seeing it as a positive step for the women's game and others hesitant, raising concerns over the future of the Euro's competition should this plan go ahead.

It's exciting to see FIFA deliberate new ideas to help enhance the women's game, although I can't help but assume that the immense amount of money needed to stage double the amount of tournaments would be made better use of elsewhere. In an industry that is crying out for deeper grassroots support, why should we be splashing the cash on top-tier tournaments?

This summer's World Cup delivered performances on the pitch but logistically struggled off of it. Travelling fans fought with transportation between matches, French locals were unaware of a global tournament taking place and, on some occasions, stadiums were half empty. With FIFA unable to establish a truly successful event every four years, how will they deliver biennially?

Introducing a more regular World Cup will diminish the tournament's thrill. Whether you watch, play or coach women's football, men's football, or both, a World Cup tournament is the pinnacle of the sport that plays host to months of anticipation. Without four years to build up our long-awaited eagerness, a World Cup will almost feel less special. The beauty of our global tournament is its rarity, we don't need it to become the norm.

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