FIFA Chief of Global Football Development, Arsène Wenger is the project lead. He and his team immediately set about providing an analysis of football development around the world to give every potential talent on the planet a better chance to emerge.
For women’s football, Jill Ellis, who has won the FIFA Women’s World Cup twice as a coach, spearheaded the consultation and studies.
Regarding the IMCs, several issues were placed on the agenda, namely the progressive competitive imbalance, the absence of a mandatory rest period for players and the excessive amount of travel and matches, which puts players’ health and well-being at risk. The technical advisory groups were also tasked with finding a solution to combat the constant disruption of domestic club competitions caused by international breaks.
It was decided that the frequency of men’s, women’s and youth national team competitions would also deserve attention.
Throughout the analysis and discussions, sporting elements were the first and foremost priority. The long-term goal is to have 50 national teams and 50 clubs competing at the highest level of both the men’s and women’s game, in line with the FIFA President’s Vision 2020-2023.