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CONMEBOL: Biennial World Cup ‘unviable’

CONMEBOL, South America’s continental governing body, has been the latest governing body to condemn FIFA’s calls for a biennial World Cup.

South America’s continental governing body has been the latest to condemn FIFA’s calls for a biennial World Cup.

CONMEBOL, the South America Football Confederation, has backflipped on the issue after initially supporting the idea, claiming it is a “highly unviable” idea.

The statement comes following a technical analysis and consultation with football leaders in South America.

The statement issued by CONMEBOL raised a range of issues with the proposal, including strain on players.

“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,” the statement read.

“The World Cup is an event that attracts the attention and expectations of billions of people because it represents the culmination of a process of elimination that lasts the entire four-year period and has its own dynamics and appeal.

“A World Cup every two years would represent an overload that is practically impossible to manage in the international competition calendar. In the current conditions, it is already complex to harmonise times, schedules, logistics, adequate preparation of equipment and commitments. The situation would be extremely difficult with the proposed change. It could even put the quality of other tournaments, both club and national, at risk.”

Other than the risks to players, CONMEBOL suggested that a biennial event would detract from the occasion.

“The idea of ​​the World Cup is to bring together the most talented footballers, the most outstanding coaches and the most trained referees to determine, in a fair competition, which is the best team on the planet. This cannot be achieved without proper preparation, without teams developing their skills and coaches designing and implementing strategies,” it said.

“All of this translates into time, training sessions, planning, games. CONMEBOL defends the search for excellence in the field of play and is committed to increasingly competitive events of the highest quality. There is no sporting justification for shortening the period between World Cups.

“For the approval of a change of this nature, a broad and participatory process of consultations with all the actors involved is essential. It must be the fruit of a frank debate, in which all opinions and criteria are considered. CONMEBOL is and will always be open to dialogue that seeks the best for football.”

FIFA is seemingly determined to move forward with its plans for a biennial World Cup, despite ongoing opposition.

Matthew Galea is a sports journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and industry matters, drawing on his knowledge and passion of the game.

Soil turned at Western United stadium site as construction commences

Western United has announced that works have commenced on the construction of the Wyndham City Stadium precinct.

Western United has announced that works have commenced on the construction of the Wyndham City Stadium precinct.

Works have begun on the site’s haul road, which the club’s statement described as ‘the first tactile step in the project’. This means plans are officially underway as the club seeks to deliver a 15,000-capacity rectangular stadium and a surrounding training precinct which will include an additional 1,000-seat stadium.

Speaking on behalf of Western Melbourne Group (WMG) – Western United’s parent company – Chairman Jason Sourasis was proud to see works officially get underway.

“This is a proud moment for WMG, the football club and the community who have been on this journey with us from the start,” he said.

“I am delighted that the first earth-moving vehicles are on site, we’re on our way now.

“Just to get to this point has been years of preparation and planning, and I’d like to thank our partner Wyndham City Council for their hard work and support.”

United CEO Chris Pehlivanis’ excitement was the overwhelming emotion as first soil was turned on the 62-hectare site.

“It’s fantastic that early works have commenced on the site, this is the biggest milestone for our Club to date,” Pehlivanis said.

“The best thing about our Western United community is their unwavering support and passion, this is a wonderful reward for all those who have been with us from the beginning.

“I’m excited. Get ready, from here on in, there will be plenty of moments to celebrate as we watch the precinct come to life with those on the journey with us – our loyal members, partners, footballers, staff, volunteers and fans.”

The club statement outlined that these works represented the first phase of a multi-phase approach to the construction of the precinct.

Phase one is expected to take 8-12 weeks to complete.

The haul road which is being established will provide the site access to water, gas, electricity and internet, as well as providing heavy vehicle access to the new stadiums’ exact location.

Sydney FC’s Men and Women sides named Australasia’s Best Sporting Teams

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Sydney FC’s A-League Men and Women sides have been named Australasia’s Best Sporting Team for 2021 and Best Female Sporting Team respectively.

This year saw the Sky Blues Men finish on top of the list and the Sydney FC Women fifth out of almost 200 professional teams. The yearly analysis is conducted by Platinum Asset Management, together with GAIN LINE Analytics.

Sydney FC’s Men won the award, having secured three A-League Men’s Championships in the last five years, while Sydney FC’s A-League Women have been represented in four out of the past five Grand Finals, winning one Championship and one Premiership, in an outstanding period for the club.

The analysis looks at every game in every Australasian sporting competition conducting a home/away or equivalent competition, including Australian teams.

The annual analysis, based on rolling five-year outcomes (2017-2021), contains 16 competitions, including 6 women’s competitions, and the unisex League of Legends Circuit Oceania (esports).

Almost 8,000 individual matches were included in the dataset analysed.

Chief Executive Officer Danny Townsend has previously gone on the record citing a “vision to be the best sporting team in the country of any code” and this award reaffirms this commitment.

“To have the highest rated men’s and women’s teams of all codes in Australia and New Zealand is a huge achievement,” Townsend said/

“Over the last five years our Men’s and Women’s teams have competed in eight out of 10 Grand Finals and it is this consistency that has delivered this accolade.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone at the club from our owners David Traktovenko and Scott Barlow and our Board of Directors to our coaching staff and players, as well as our Members who have stuck by us during a difficult time through displacement from our home stadium and the global pandemic.

“It is an outstanding achievement to celebrate and we will look to challenge for the title again next year.”

Sydney FC have nominated the Sydney FC Foundation to receive a $10,000 grant from Platinum, in recognition of their success.

The Sydney FC Foundation seeks to meaningfully connect with the Sydney FC community and enrich the lives of young people through the power of football and education. The grant will specifically go towards the Foundation’s community pillar and support the Sydney FC Powerchair football team.

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