September 23 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he will not be deterred in his quest to create a Women’s World League despite having his initial plan blocked.
In March 2018, the ruling FIFA Council rejected Infantino’s plans to launch what was proposed as an annual global competition featuring 16 of the top national teams, plus four regional leagues and a system of promotion and relegation.
But Infantino told Sunday’s women’s football conference in Milan that the recent women’s World Cup showed that there was renewed appetite for new tournaments.
“We have to build on the momentum of this fantastic World Cup,” he said.
Infantino said he didn’t know why the proposal was blocked. “It was, how shall I say, put on hold? Or blocked for probably some sports political reasons? I don’t know exactly why,” he said. “But we will bring it back on the table until it will be approved.”
Infantino also re-iterated his support for an annual Club World Cup for women. “We cannot think that we can seriously develop women’s football by only having national teams,” he said.
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