Fifa seeks full control of World Cup events

World football’s ruling body Fifa will get rid of local World Cup organising committees and take full control of the organising of tournaments starting in 2026, according to Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura.

“We will organise the 2026 World Cup on our own,” Samoura said in an interview published on Wednesday in Russia’s Vedomosti business daily.

She added that the current system, which mandates local committees with organising the World Cups hosted by their countries, would undergo reforms midway between the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

The next two World Cups will not be affected by the changes.

“We don’t want to have to create a new structure from scratch [for every World Cup],” Samoura said, stressing that this process was “difficult and costly”.

“We want to have a permanent professional team that will have all competencies, such as organisation, and combine this experience with local know-how.”

Samoura said the move was meant to increase “control and effectiveness”, because local organising committees had come under scrutiny in the past over delays in infrastructure projects.

She confirmed that Fifa was also considering taking over the World Cup ticket programme.

A roadmap published by Fifa in October last year said the association would “change the current model to take more direct control of critical business operations, including Fifa World Cup ticketing and Fifa World Cup organising activities”.

Russia is due to host the next World Cup in 11 cities, including Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sochi. — AFP

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