FIFA Friday published the results of an expanded survey regarding the frequency of the men’s and women’s World Cups and the respondents want more.

That might not necessarily be good for the players’ health or performance over the short and long haul.

Of 30,390 respondents who said football was their favorite sport, 63.7% of fans would like to see a more frequent men’s World Cup, with 23.3% replying maybe, 11% being opposed, and 2% having no opinion.

The survey, conducted from August to November, is part of a wider consultation process with all stakeholders in the game. In May, 166 member associations voted for a feasibility study on a biennial World Cup and, since July, surveys involving more than 100,000 people from 140 countries have taken place.

In the expanded survey, approximately 77,000 people were asked if they would watch the World Cup more frequently, for example every two years, provided that player workload does not increase.

According to a FIFA press release, a reduction in international windows, and the protection of player health and well-being, is of primary importance to the organization during the ongoing consultation process, with a mandatory rest period being proposed.

When asked if they would like to see the World Cup held more frequently provided that player workload does not increase, over half of the total respondents said that they would be in favor for both the men’s and the women’s World Cups.

Other key results were identified:

* 63.7% of fans would like to see a more frequent men’s World Cup, with 23.3% replying maybe, 11% being opposed, and 2% having no opinion.

* 52.4% of fans would like to see a more frequent Women’s World Cup™, with 28.4% replying maybe, 13.5% being opposed, and 5.7% having no opinion.

* The age category that is most supportive of holding more frequent men’s and women’s World Cup is 25-34, and the 55+ bracket is the most opposed.

There is a variation in support between fans from different continents as represented by the confederations:

Asia

Men’s: 66% in favor, 26% maybe, 6% opposed, 2% no opinion
Women’s: 56% in favor, 29% maybe, 10% opposed, 5% no opinion

Africa

Men’s: 76% in favor, 14% maybe, 9% opposed, 1% no opinion
Women’s: 61% in favor, 23% maybe, 11% opposed, 5% no opinion

Concacaf

Men’s: 53% in favor, 26% maybe, 19% opposed, 2% no opinion
Women’s: 50% in favor, 29% maybe, 16% opposed, 5% no opinion

South America

Men’s: 54% in favor, 25% maybe, 20% opposed, 1% no opinion
Women’s: 48% in favor, 31% maybe, 17% opposed, 4% no opinion

Oceania

Men’s: 55% in favor, 28% maybe, 13% opposed, 4% no opinion
Women’s: 49% in favor, 28% maybe, 14% opposed, 9% no opinion

Europe

Men’s: 48% in favor, 27% maybe, 21% opposed, 4% no opinion
Women’s: 33% in favor, 31% maybe, 25% opposed, 11% no opinion

Approval for more frequent men’s World Cups is particularly strong from football fans in:

Turkey: 87% in favor, 12% maybe, 1% opposed, 0% no opinion
India: 85% in favor, 12% maybe, 2% opposed, 1% no opinion
South Africa: 85% in favor, 9% maybe, 6%, opposed, 0% no opinion

Disapproval is particularly strong from football fans in:

England: 53% opposed, 15% in favor, 27% maybe, 5% no opinion
Germany: 50% opposed, 27% in favor, 22% maybe, 1% no opinion
France: 42% opposed, 33% in favor, 20% maybe, 5% no opinion

Approval for more frequent Women’s World Cup is particularly strong from football fans in:

India: 81.7% in favor, 13.6% maybe, 2.9% opposed, 1.8% no opinion
Turkey: 79% in favor, 17.7% maybe, 2.2% opposed, 1.1% no opinion
Vietnam: 76.5% in favor, 18.7% maybe, 3.2% opposed, 1.6% no opinion

Disapproval is particularly strong from football fans in:

England: 52% opposed, 19% maybe, 10% in favor, 19% no opinion
Germany: 48% opposed, 17% maybe, 21% in favor, 14% no opinion
France: 40% opposed, 22% maybe, 28% in favor, 10% no opinion

“This has been one of the most comprehensive global sports market research studies ever conducted and the broadest,” said IRIS CEO Peter Weber of the survey, which included the use of market‑leading global panel providers such as YouGov, Dynata and CINT. “FIFA asked us to perform a study that was global in scope and respondents were drawn from a broadly representative number of member associations.”