Federation Internationale de Football Association says 48-team tournament 'feasible'

16 Mars, 2019, 00:39 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses the media after a key meeting of football's world governing body in Miami

It will replace the current seven-team annual Club World Cup, which is now played in December, with an expanded quadrennial version in June-July 2021.

The council approved further discussions with Qatar to produce a proposal for consideration in June when FIFA's congress meet in Paris before the Women's World Cup. "We have consulted all of our associations, 90 percent are of course in favor of an increase".

Following Infantino's announcement, a spokesperson for the ECA said: "ECA clubs will not participate in 2021 CWC and will assess participation in editions of the competition post-2024".

In the first edition, South America would have six slots - one based on previous performances.

The new tournament would be projected to include three teams from Concacaf, although available information does not indicate how teams would qualify. Oceania would get one representative.

Infantini said: 'Now the world will see a real Club World Cup where fans will see the best teams in the world compete to be crowned the real world champions. "This is important today because club football is evolving, is moving at a different pace in different parts of the world and it's our duty, our responsibility to make sure that we encourage professional club football all over the world. So, I think it's a natural progression of that competition". Teams would play two to five matches over a maximum of 18 days.

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The FIFA council has also agreed to introduce a pilot tournament of an enlarged 24-team Club World Cup in 2021 despite European opposition.

Infantino said five members of the Council did not attend the meeting, the first for FIFA's leadership in the USA since American law enforcement arrested numerous sport's top officials in 2015 on corruption charges.

"An opportunity to keep growing the competition will always be accepted from our league and our clubs", Enrique Bonilla, the president of the Mexican league, told the AP.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced on Friday that it is "feasible" to expand the 2022 World Cup, but that any plans to do so will need to be approved by the FIFA Congress in June.

"We will work with FIFA to determine whether or not a viable operating model does exist and importantly, whether it is in the best interests for football and for the tournament, and for Qatar as the host nation", a spokesman for Qatar 2022 said. If you do it now, there will be more money and more participating teams.

"As long as it's well studied and well thought out, I think CONCACAF would have no issues supporting that", said Montagliani, who leads the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football.

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