Radical plan to hold World Cup every two years: report
8:01 PM June 5
A report in the Financial Times says a radical plan to restructure international football, prepared for top European clubs, envisages the World Cup being held every two years.
The proposal, called "Grand Slam World", is part of a presentation commissioned by the G-14 grouping of European clubs - a collection of the 18 richest sides in Europe - by Hypercube, a Dutch consultancy.
Making the World Cup, which starts in Germany on Friday, a biennial event is the most radical of four options outlined in a 36-page presentation, the newspaper said.
Another option called "Grand Slam Euro" would see continental tournaments, such as the European championship, also held every two years, while a possible World Cup for clubs would be contested every four years.
The presentation implies that this reorganisation could be in place by 2009, with the first biennial World Cup in 2012, the report said.
Hypercube consultant Pieter Nieuwenhuis was quoted as saying it was "early in the process" and that his company wanted "in time to invite the international football federations to chair a discussion process on restructuring international football".
FIFA, world footballs' governing body, had no comment while UEFA, the European body, reportedly said the proposals were "a direct assault on national teams".