Federation Internationale de Football Association approve 24-team Club World Cup

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

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 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".

Gianni Infantino, the Federation Internationale de Football Association president, defied prior warnings that he faced a near-impossible diplomatic job to find a neighbouring nation to share hosting duties in the Middle East as he said an initial feasibility study showed it was possible for 48 teams to compete in 2022.

As well as eight European clubs, the new tournament would see six teams from South America, three each from Africa, Asia and North and Central America and one from Oceania. 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.

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 European Club Association (ECA) says any new competitions should be part of an agreed framework for the worldwide match calendar post-2024.

The FIFA Council is also expected to decide to continue exploring plans to expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams with the possibility of additional hosting in other countries.

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"We are delighted to announce that India has been confirmed as the host of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in 2020", said Infantino after the FIFA Council meeting in Miami, USA.

"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", he said.

ECA board members, including Manchester United's chief executive Ed Woodward, signed a letter expressing concerns, which was revealed earlier on Friday. "If it doesn't happen - fantastic also".

They said they are "firmly against any approval of a revised Club World Cup at this point in time and confirm that no ECA clubs would take part to such a competition".

"But it was our responsibility to take a decision because we have to deal with the organisational matters - it is only two years away". Javier Ceppi, the then U-17 men's World Cup tournament director congratulated India after the development with a tweet saying, "amazing news for India and the women's game".

The FIFA Council also made a decision to use VAR video review technology at June's Women's World Cup in France.

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