Up till Italia 90, CONMEBOL’s World Cup qualifying format had three teams, two teams of three groups and one group of 4 groups. For USA 94, there have been two teams of 5, with eight matches for every staff. However since France 98, CONMEBOL is now a league between the ten South American groups, with a complete of 18 matches. This implies extra TV cash for CONMEBOL, but additionally extra journey concerned for the gamers who play in Europe. There may be additionally transoceanic journey to take care of, transferring from summer time to winter or vice versa in a matter of hours. Ultimately the state of affairs needed to explode and it lastly has, particularly with the Premier League.
In LaLiga, two video games scheduled for matchday 4 have been postponed as a result of CONEMBOL’s schedule, and the identical should be carried out in October. Because it seems, these Premier League gamers might need to overlook out anyway, due to a “five-day rule” which provides FIFA the facility to ban gamers from any and all soccer matches for 5 days following a global interval for which the gamers weren’t launched. Violating it will imply defeat and a lack of three factors. If the FA don’t apply the punishment, FIFA might expel England from the World Cup. That’s what the papers are saying. The Premier League stay in discussions and are at present trying to discover a decision. Affected golf equipment, together with Liverpool, are contesting such a ruling given the unprecedented circumstances which prevented gamers from having the ability to journey and report for nationwide staff responsibility while not having to quarantine in a resort for 10 days upon their return to England.
That is the results of the 2021/22 fixture calendar being abused. If CONMEBOL returned to 2 teams of 5, the matter can be extra bearable. However the greed for the ever extra profitable TV rights is sweeping the whole lot underneath the carpet. FIFA have a membership World Cup prepared and are flirting with the concept of a World Cup each two years, to which UEFA would reply with a European Championship each two years. The failed Tremendous League consumed extra matchdays than the Champions League, which in flip has been rising for years. This struggle over the dates is an actual calendar buster. I even suppose that solely a significant England-FIFA battle over the latter might provoke the mandatory catharsis.