This Week In Soccer: Financial Fair Play and World Cup 2022 in Qatar

In the second episode of This Week In Soccer, we feature a riveting discussion about Financial Fair Play and how the repercussions of the new rulings will morph European soccer into an American closed system where promotion and relegation either disappear or change forever. Plus we discuss FIFA World Cup 2022 and whether it makes sense to open up the World Cup 2022 tournament for a rebid.

In addition to that, there’s an insightful discussion that defends the use of the term “soccer,” and some very revealing facts about its usage.

The guests on this week’s episode are:

Stefan Szymanski (Co-author of Soccernomics).

Richard Farley (

Kartik Krishnaiyer (Senior Writer, World Soccer Talk), and

Laurence McKenna (EPL Talk Podcast host).

For the discussion on Financial Fair Play, here’s the link to Stefan’s article on how European football will never be the same that appeared in The Financial Times newspaper.

This Week In Soccer is just one of many developments this summer. In addition to the recent video documentary we produced on the history and legacy of Tampa Bay Rowdies, we released a new show this week entitled Voices of Soccer that features an exclusive interview with former Luton Town and England striker Ricky Hill on the topic of conquering racism in English football. Meanwhile, the EPL Talk Podcast will continue to be released each week.

Subscribe to the World Soccer Talk channel on YouTube. And feel free to share us your feedback on the second episode in the comments section below.

Editor’s note: We apologize for the audio not syncing up with the video for the portions where Laurence is speaking. We’ll work on correcting that for the next episode, but definitely stay with this episode since the discussion and debate are quite enlightening indeed and feature discussions that you won’t hear anywhere else.

4 thoughts on “This Week In Soccer: Financial Fair Play and World Cup 2022 in Qatar”

  1. Wonderful piece! Is this also available as a podcast? I just know that I have more time to listen to podcasts than to watch/listen to videos. Although it is interesting to see how the hosts prepare themselves and their “studios”. :)

    I think it was a great discussion about FFP. So much of the internet commentary in this area is simply not very good. I know that everyone is entitled to an opinion, but I honestly think that having a useful discussion of FFP & related topics requires a little more financial sophistication than the average football fan possesses.

    Kudos for putting this series together! Now rip out the audio and make it a podcast too. :)

  2. PSG has shown how easy it is to get around FFP.

    Sign largest sponsorship deal in history with yourself and even have the balls to back date it cook the accounting books.

    I love the idea of paying to sponsor something in the past.

    “hello Washington Bullets…i’d like to be your sponsor for the year of 1997. Yes you heard me right!”

  3. As a layman, I like most people, was under the impression that Qatar’s bid was based on them hosting a summer tournament – “air conditioned stadia” and all.

    I have no problem with a winter WC but to be fair to the other bidders, it should have been in Qatar’s original bid.

    I’m not sure I follow Kartik’s logic that sticking a World Cup in the middle of a hectic(European)football season, would be better for the players?

  4. Well done. Interesting point about soccer leagues becoming like the NFL. I think it misses a really important point though, that this would be a worst-case-scenario-NFL because it would lack the one great thing the NFL has going for it: being very competitive. Only five teams have won the PL and two of those have only won it once. Also, the second/third teams in the table are usually amongst a small group of teams. That would be unheard of in pretty much any American sport.
    It seems like the really big danger for teams outside that elite isn’t that they could never dream of being part of it, but that the idea of relative success would become less meaningful. It may seem dark, but without relegation, what were the bottom ten teams in the league playing for last year? Even if its not that avoiding relegation specifically is what those teams are playing for, it would be really dangerous for the leagues to mess with the formula in which a team finishing 13th is deemed a success for some (something American sports would not accept, unless you’re a Royals fan).
    Without that, you would play more meaningless matches and you hurt the one thing the PL always has going for it, the one thing that they can always sell, if it needs to be in those terms: that it is competitive, interesting, and it has those qualities pretty much the entire season. This specifically avoids everything that makes a lot of the World Cup second rate compared to the PL.
    If most teams have nothing or very little to play for, how do you retain those qualities?

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