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FIFa to launch international fixture review

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27 Feb 2020
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Fifa will hold a major international review match calendar that governs the dates of major competitions and tournaments. This is geared towards ease of congestion.

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There have been complaints from coaches like Guardiola and Klopp about fixture congestion.

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola had previously said fixture congestion is “a disaster for players.”

“The current system should, once and for all, be discussed thoroughly.” He added.

This summer, the Premier League’s top players will be involved in Euro 2020, Copa America or the Olympics with the Africa Cup of Nations taking place in January and February 2021.

Klopp said that many top players do not get enough rest due to club international commitments. He added, “the Manes, Salahs, Hendersons-all these guys have two weeks off a year in a physically demanding job.”

Guardiola on the other side added, “We need fewer fixtures, fewer competitions, more recovery. I’m completely with Jurgen when he makes these statements. It’s too much.”

The Vision 2020-2023: Making Football Truly Global

In a new document, The Vision 2020-2023: Making Football Truly Global, Fifa president Gianni Infantino said a review of the fixture list is needed.

“The international match calendar plays a central role in the sustainable growth of football in all regions of the world and at all levels.” Fifa boss said.

“The current system should, once and for all be discussed thoroughly with all stakeholders and reviews according to their needs in a collective effort to guarantee a truly global approach.”

The review is part of a list of “11 goals” which Fifa president Gianni Infantino has outlined for the next three years.

These goals include their ongoing attempt to reform the transfer system and expanding the use of technology. With this concept, the VAR system is included.

“The successful implementation of VAR in Fifa’s competitions provides a foundation for the continuous enhancement of VAR technology. It should focus particularly on improving communication around VAR incidents. Also, to make the technology accessible for all member associations regardless of their size and/or financial resources.” He added.

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