FIFA head honcho Sepp Blatter is in North America and is already making the famously bold claims that Blatter is infamous for, including dropping a bombshell about the long debated change for Major League Soccer to the FIFA calendar that virtually every major league in the world has adopted to play a schedule through August until May.
Blatter was talking to the media in Canada about the upcoming Women’s tournaments in the country and the potential of Canada hosting the World Cup in 2026, but he also told reporters that he has been told that MLS has decided to join the FIFA calendar in the future.
“(MLS) has taken the decision — I don’t know when they will start — to adopt the FIFA calendar.” = Blatter’s exact words today in Toronto.
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Many countries who play in temperate climates who keep the FIFA calendar take long winter breaks, something that is likely to factor in any change for Major League Soccer should they make this move. After all it is very difficult to play any sport outdoors in Toronto come winter time. Same in the northern United States markets, who would be hard pressed to get casual fans to the pitch when it is extremely uncomfortable to watch a 90 minute match outdoors.
Time will tell if Major League Soccer is going to make a move that seems like it will eventually be made to appease FIFA in the future, the biggest obstacle is one that seems impossible to work around which is the winter weather in North America. Unless clubs will be punished with long stretches of winter matches on the road, a long break may need to be instituted to avoid the type of cold days that cities such as New York, Columbus, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Chicago are famous for in the winter.