England women’s coach Wiegman says biennial World Cup is too much

September 22 – The newly appointed head coach of the England women’s team, Sarina Wiegman, is the latest high-profile figure to publicly oppose plans to make the World Cup a biennial event.

The Lionesses chief, who joined the England set-up following a successful stint as Netherlands boss which saw her land the 2017 Women’s Euros and finish runners-up in the 2019 World Cup, questioned whether players would get enough rest.

“I wouldn’t do it,” she told reporters. “Players are not robots so I don’t think it’s a very good idea.

“I think it’s not very good for the players, for their welfare. Think when you have all these tournaments every year where are the players going to get some rest?

“Where are they going to recover from a very intense football year every year?

“In Europe, it’s very well organised, we have very good competitions, we have the Euros, then you have the Olympics, then you have the World Cup, which are major tournaments for us.”

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