The Nations League is set to undergo changes which will see South American countries involved as UEFA and CONMEBOL attempt to combat FIFA’s proposal biannual World Cup
UEFA are set to make the Nations League a mini World Cup by teaming up with CONMEBOL, which will see South America take on Europe.
The move is motivated by their disapproval of FIFA’s plans to introduce a biannual World Cup.
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been among those leading the possible change, which would see a rejig to the game’s calendar.
UEFA and CONMEBOL have joined forces however which will see a tweak to the Nations League in 2024 as something of an opposition to the proposed World Cup plans.
The draw was done yesterday for the latest edition of the tournament, with England drawing Italy, Germany and Hungary.
But in years to come leading European nations will be able to face the likes of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.
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The plan is for six teams from South America to join League A, and four League B with details to be discussed in the coming months.
Already the two governing bodies are coming together to host a Copa EuroAmerica clash that will see Italy take on Argentina.
The two countries won their respective competitions and will square off in June in what will be the first of at least three intercontinental clashes.
A statement from UEFA read: “The organising of this match is part of the expansion of the cooperation between UEFA and CONMEBOL, which notably includes women’s football, futsal and youth categories, the exchange of referees, as well as technical training schemes.
“The agreement reached by the two organisations currently covers three editions of this match between the respective continental winners, and also includes the opening of a joint office in London, which will be in charge of coordinating projects of common interest.
“By reaching this agreement, UEFA and CONMEBOL express their commitment to the development of football beyond their geographical zones, as a bridge uniting people, countries, continents and cultures.
It added: “The UEFA Executive Committee and the CONMEBOL Council also expressed a strong willingness to continue collaborating on other issues of mutual interest going forward.”
Alejandro Dominguez, CONMEBOL president, said in a statement earlier this month: “There is no sporting justification for shortening the period between World Cups.”
“Although at some point CONMEBOL supported the project in question, technical analysis showed that it is highly unviable.”
It also added: “A World Cup every two years could distort the most important football competition on the planet, lowering its quality and undermining its exclusive character and its current demanding standards.”