CAF Officially Adopts Two-Year FIFA World Cup Proposal

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The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has officially adopted the proposal by FIFA for the men’s and women’s World Cups to be played every two years as against the current four-year cycle.

CAF’s Executive Committee had passed a resolution in July in support of FIFA’s plan for a biennial men’s and women’s World Cups.

The resolution has now been validated by members of Africa’s football governing body at the Extraordinary Assembly currently underway in Cairo, Egypt.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino had laid out the world body’s plan to reduce the cycle for its flagship tournaments for the men’s and women’s national teams to every two years instead of the current four-year cycle to accelerate the development of the game around the world.

The proposals have elicited mixed reactions around the world but Africa’s football body has now come out in full support of the plans.

European football body UEFA and their South American counterparts CONMEBOL have, however, voiced opposition to the proposals.