Courtois hits out at football governing bodies over rising number of games

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has accused football authorities of prioritising revenue over player welfare in a damning assessment of the global football calendar. Courtois, 29, was speaking after his country lost 2-1 against Italy in UEFA’s Nations League third-place play-off on Sunday – a match he described as “pointless” in the build-up.

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FIFA to discuss biennial World Cup next week

Fifa will hold an online summit with its member associations on 30 September to discuss the international men’s and women’s calendar. A World Cup every two years rather than four is part of Fifa’s plans. The current match calendar for the women’s game runs to the end of 2023, while the men’s expires in 2024.

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