Deschamps also scoffed at the new international calendar, which FIFA proposed after 2028, when he said he would no longer be in charge of the French team. The coach said, “I won’t be involved in it. I’ll watch it on television.”
In addition to the World Cup, football’s governing body aims that at the end of each European season, which ends in June, there will be a major competition involving national teams. In addition to the 2026 World Cup to be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada, FIFA’s competition schedule is guaranteed until 2024.
If approved, the changes to the World Cup calendar will take effect from 2028, and the same period is being applied to continental tournaments – such as the Euro Cup and Copa América – until 2025.
“The aim is to improve the quality of football, to improve the frequency of competitions, to improve the rules of the game,” said Arsene Wenger, former Arsenal commander and current director of world football development at FIFA. L’Equipe.
Regarding the qualifiers, according to Wenger, there will be two windows, one in October of the year and March of the next. At the end of the European season, the World Cup and continental competitions will alternate. For example, FIFA’s view is that the concentration of games represents a small number of trips from one continent to another for many players, leading to wear and tear.