FIFA Vice President reflects on the season of the calendar year in Europe
ROME: FIFA vice president Victor Montagliani He has said that moving the European football season to the calendar year is a possibility of debate in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that has stopped football worldwide.
In an interview with Italy's Radio Sportiva, Montagliani, who is seen as a close ally of FIFA president Gianni Infantino He said the move would fit with the 2022 World Cup to be played in Qatar in November and December.
The same head of the world soccer governing body has said that soccer will be totally different when it is restarted and that the current strike could be a good opportunity to review the overloaded schedule that will last until 2024.
We have the opportunity because the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 will be played in November/December and that could be the idea, said Montagliani, who is president of the CONCACAF confederation.
Here in the Americas, the season is already played according to the calendar year, perhaps it is a solution that could also be used in Europe and Africa, it is a possibility to be discussed at the national and continental level, he said.
It is not an idea to discard, it may be a solution in view of the next two years and this Winter World Cup.
Several European leagues, including Italy, Germany and England, still hope to end their seasons, but doing so could delay the start of the 2020-21 campaign. UEFA also wants to end the Champions League and Europa League.
We had already started to think about how to establish a new calendar from 2024, now with this crisis we need immediate responses, Montagliani added.
The idea of a calendar year season has been put forward earlier by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge when he was president of the European Club Association (ECA)
Everywhere, be it Germany, France or England, summer is the best period of the year. And that's the season we don't play, he told France Football magazine in a 2013 interview.
In the deepest winter, when it is very cold and snowy, we play most of the time in unpleasant conditions for both players and spectators. It is not logical.