FIFA president Gianni Infantino says all sides must be "ready to compromise" in the heated debate over football's calendar and biennial World Cups.

World football’s governing body has fixed a virtual meeting of its 211 member associations for 20 December where it hopes to present them with what Infantino described as "a common solution" for men’s and women’s football.

"What this will look like – everything is open," he said at a press conference following a meeting of the FIFA Council, where he struck a noticeably neutral tone.

"It’s not my proposal or my decision. I have to facilitate the dialogue, I have to bring people together.

"It’s a bit like (being) a referee when there is a riot going on. My job is to be a moderating force. We have different camps, some are absolutely for this reform, others are absolutely against it, but what is important is that everybody is entitled to their opinion and to voicing it.

"I’m convinced that if we are all ready to work for the good of football we will also be ready to compromise to a certain extent. That means that we all have to move in the direction of solidarity with global football."

European confederation UEFA, along with European Leagues and the European Club Association, have been among the most vociferous critics of FIFA’s plans. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said his organisation will oppose the plans "until common sense prevails and they are dropped".

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is firmly against the proposal

Infantino was asked whether FIFA would press ahead even in the face of a boycott from Europe, and said: "What I can assure you is that we will go ahead only if everyone is better off.

"I believe that we can come up with something that makes sense and something everyone can be happy (with). Trying to find the bridge between all these different positions, is our challenge, but it’s also our ambition."

Infantino said it was vital that any consensus provided meaningful competition even for those countries who did not qualify for the World Cup, possibly hinting at a global Nations League or 'B’ World Cup as a compromise solution.

"Even with 48 teams, you still have less than 25 per cent of the FIFA member associations who participate in the World Cup," he said.

"This means more than 75 per cent of the members of FIFA are not participating in the World Cup, and we need to organise football for all of them.

"So it is a very important element how the qualification will be structured because that’s where all FIFA members participate.

"The qualification systems will be part of the discussions with the confederations and associations, and part of the overall solution we have on the table."

The International Olympic Committee said on Saturday it shared the concerns that had been raised around FIFA’s calendar plans, which would mean a World Cup being played in the same summer as an Olympic Games from 2028.

However, Infantino rejected any suggestion of football not being part of the Olympics in the future.

"We’re not discussing or threatening to pull out of the Olympics," he said.

"On the contrary, I think that football is a proud part of the Olympic Movement."

Infantino also said that multiple-nation bids such as the possible UK and Irish effort to host the 2030 men's World Cup could be "the model to follow" in terms of sustainability.

World football’s governing body was asked to explain how its controversial proposals to stage major international tournaments every summer are environmentally sound.

Infantino said part of the answer was sharing the burden among multiple hosts using existing infrastructure wherever possible, and he highlighted the example of the possible UK and Ireland bid for the centenary tournament.

"Asking one country to take up the burden of organising a World Cup on its own, this time is over," he said.

"One of the main reasons why this time is over is exactly because we (FIFA) care about sustainability, because we care about our planet."

Talking about the UK and Ireland interest in 2030, he said: "I believe that in these five countries there is not a huge need of investment to be done in order to welcome the world for the World Cup.

"Now imagine if the bid… will be awarded the right to organise the World Cup – this fact of having a World Cup for men or women organised by five neighbouring countries could be the model to follow because it ensures sustainability."

Other joint bids are set to be submitted for 2030 – one from Spain and Portugal and one from a group of South American countries.

FIFA is set to announce the bidding regulations for the 2030 tournament by the middle of next year, with a decision on who will host it set to be taken at FIFA Congress in 2024.