The FIFA Council has approved December 20th for a global summit on the international calendar – and principally the proposal for the World Cups to occur every two years.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino is said to be “confident” that a consensus can be reached on the global calendar at the event, but it will not be an Extraordinary Congress, which would have had the power to enact a new calendar.
The Council today also approved the United Arab Emirates as the replacement host for the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup – which will now be scheduled in early 2022.
In addition, Doha has been confirmed as the venue for the next FIFA Congress, on March 31.
Earlier UEFA, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and International Olympic Committee have all voiced opposition to the prospect of a biennial world cup and the subject remains divisive and the most pressing issue discussed by the Council.