FIFA confirms 24-team Club World Cup to start in 2021

FIFA mulls proposal for 24-team Club World Cup; Concacaf would get 3 slots

FIFA mulls proposal for 24-team Club World Cup; Concacaf would get 3 slots

Infantino also said that the FIFA Council had voted to approve a revamp of the Club World Cup with 24 teams participating in a tournament to be held in June and July of 2021. That is the slot previously reserved for the Confederations Cup, which serves as a test event in a host nation a year before the World Cup.

The Associated Press on Monday revealed details of a Federation Internationale de Football Association feasibility study that said Qatar would not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless those countries restore ties with Doha.

No decision will be made on expanding that tournament, with possible additional host nations, until June, Infantino said.

"We are the only organisation reducing the number of tournaments and games - this will not have a neutral impact on the calendar, it will be positive", he said. But it's not as easy as that.

"I am always happy but especially today because we have taken some important decisions". We have to analyze these matters very carefully. In this regard, the task force's assessment is that there is still more work to be done before it can come to any conclusions and potentially make concrete proposals. "Then together, with our partners from Qatar, we will present eventually a proposal in this respect".

Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman and United Arab Emirates are all potential options yet rancorous diplomatic disputes has led to the tiny Gulf state being politically isolated from many of its former allies.

"We went through a consultation process, spoke with everyone, some agree, others disagree, you have different views and positions", said Infantino. I was pleased with the reaction of the Qataris. It's the first time this idea was shared with them because they were open to it. If it doesn't happen, fantastic also'. If it doesn't, fantastic as well. "We don't want to regret not analysing the decision".

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"So, we will move to the next stage of this".

The FIFA Council agreed to introduce a pilot tournament of an enlarged 24-team Club World Cup in 2021 despite European opposition. "The top clubs in the world have fans all over the world".

The ECA represents 232 European clubs, including all the leading clubs who would be expected to feature in a Club World Cup.

The letter has been signed by Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, Celtic's Peter Lawwell and the bosses of Ajax, Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG.

It says a decision on potential new competitions can only be made as part of an agreed framework for the global match calendar post-2024.

"ECA clubs will not participate in 2021 CWC and will asses participation in editions of the competition post-[2024]", the statement read. "We will continue our discussions".

It will be the first time VAR has been used at the tournament, having made its debut in the men's World Cup past year in Russian Federation.

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