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Fans favour frequent FIFA World Cups in global survey

By Guardian Nigeria
18 December 2021   |   3:02 am
World Football governing body, FIFA, yesterday published the results of an expanded survey regarding the frequency of the men and women’s FIFA World Cups.

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World Football governing body, FIFA, yesterday published the results of an expanded survey regarding the frequency of the men and women’s FIFA World Cups. The survey, conducted from August to November 2021, is part of a wider consultation process with all stakeholders in the game.

In May, 166 member associations voted for a feasibility study on a biennial FIFA World Cup and, since July, surveys involving more than 100,000 people from 140 countries have taken place.

In the expanded survey published yesterday, approximately 77,000 people were asked if they would watch the FIFA World Cup more frequently, for example every two years, provided that player workload does not increase.

A reduction in international windows, and the protection of player health and well-being, is of primary importance to FIFA during the ongoing consultation process, with a mandatory rest period being proposed. Over half of the total respondents said that they would be in favour for both the men’s and the women’s FIFA World Cups to hold frequently.

Of 30,390 people, who said football was their favourite sport, identify the following key results:
63.7 percent of fans would like to see a more frequent men’s FIFA World Cup, with 23.3 percent replying maybe, 11 percent being opposed, and 2 percent having no opinion.

52.4 percent of fans would like to see a more frequent FIFA Women’s World Cup, with 28.4 percent replying maybe, 13.5 percent being opposed, and 5.7 percent having no opinion.

The age category that is most supportive of holding more frequent men’s and women’s FIFA World Cup is 25-34, and the 55+ bracket is the most opposed.

There is a variation in support between fans from different continents as represented by the confederations:
Asia
Men’s football: 66 percent in favour, 26 percent maybe, 6 percent opposed, 2 percent no opinion.
Women’s football: 56 percent in favour, 29 percent maybe, 10 percent opposed, 5 percent no opinion.
Africa
Men’s: 76 percent in favour, 14 percent maybe, 9 percent opposed, 1 percent no opinion.
Women’s: 61 percent in favour, 23 percent maybe, 11 percent opposed, 5 percent no opinion.

North, Central America and Caribbean
Men’s: 53 percent in favour, 26 percent maybe, 19 percent opposed, 2 percent no opinion.
Women’s: 50 percent in favour, 29 percent maybe, 16 percent opposed, 5 percent no opinion.
South America
Men’s: 54 percent in favour, 25 percent maybe, 20 percent opposed, 1 percent no opinion.
Women’s: 48 percent in favour, 31 percent maybe, 17 percent opposed, 4 percent no opinion.
Oceania
Men’s: 55 percent in favour, 28 percent maybe, 13 percent opposed, 4 percent no opinion.
Women’s: 49 percent in favour, 28 percent maybe, 14 percent opposed, 9 percent no opinion.
Europe
Men’s: 48 percent in favour, 27 percent maybe, 21 percent opposed, 4 percent no opinion.
Women’s: 33 percent in favour, 31 percent maybe, 25 percent opposed, 11 percent no opinion.
Approval for more frequent men’s FIFA World Cups is particularly strong from football fans in:
Turkey: 87 percent in favour, 12 percent maybe, 1 percent opposed, 0 percent no opinion.
India: 85 percent in favour, 12 percent maybe, 2 percent opposed, 1 percent no opinion.
South Africa: 85 percent in favour, 9 percent maybe, 6 percent, opposed, 0 percent no opinion.

Disapproval is particularly strong from football fans in:
England: 53 percent opposed, 15 percent in favour, 27 percent maybe, 5 percent no opinion.
Germany: 50 percent opposed, 27 percent in favour, 22 percent maybe, 1 percent no opinion.
France: 42 percent opposed, 33 percent in favour, 20 percent maybe, 5 percent no opinion.
Approval for more frequent FIFA Women’s World Cup is particularly strong from football fans in:
India: 81.7 percent in favour, 13.6 percent maybe, 2.9 percent opposed, 1.8 percent no opinion.
Turkey: 79 percent in favour, 17.7 percent maybe, 2.2 percent opposed, 1.1 percent no opinion.
Vietnam: 76.5 percent in favour, 18.7 percent maybe, 3.2 percent opposed, 1.6 percent no opinion.
Disapproval is particularly strong from football fans in:
England: 52 percent opposed, 19 percent maybe, 10 percent in favour, 19 percent no opinion.
Germany: 48 percent opposed, 17 percent maybe, 21 percent in favour, 14 percent no opinion.
France: 40 percent opposed, 22 percent maybe, 28 percent in favour, 10 percent no opinion.

“This has been one of the most comprehensive global sports market research studies ever conducted and the broadest,” said IRIS CEO Peter Weber of the survey, which included the use of market‑leading global panel providers such as YouGov, Dynata and CINT. “FIFA asked us to perform a study that was global in scope and respondents were drawn from a broadly representative number of member associations.”

In September 2021, FIFA published the findings of an initial survey involving 23,000 people from 23 countries. FIFA is also collating fan feedback submitted via FIFA.com in relation to the new international match calendars, which will apply from the end of 2023 (women) and 2024 (men).

A virtual global summit will take place on Monday 20 December 2021 involving all member associations to discuss the future of football.
Source: FIFA.com

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