Barcelona backs FIFA's proposal for 24-team Club World Cup

Real Madrid back FIFA's plans for 24-team Club World Cup

Real Madrid back FIFA's plans for 24-team Club World Cup

Launching in 2021, the tournament would have 12 teams from Europe - with clubs who have won at least three European Cups the first to be invited.

The Liga champion regards as favorable the subsequent elimination of "two Federation Internationale de Football Association competitions, the Confederations Cup (for national teams) and the current Club World Cup" played every year by seven clubs in December.

The consortium backing the competition is being led by Japan's Softbank with the main backers coming from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

"This is part of the whole discussion around the worldwide match calendar, so if there is no annual Club World Cup and no Confederations Cup, it may not mean more matches for the players".

The European participants could make between $50 million and $80 million each.


It's reported that UEFA and the Premier League are unhappy with the proposal and will oppose the new competition.

Ziegler reports that Infantino, who has already pushed through an expansion of the Fifa World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, is keen to secure an agreement on the Club World Cup before this summer's World Cup kicks off in Russian Federation on 14th June.

"FIFA should not be meeting with only seven federations or clubs and discussing with them things that concern all of European football", he said in a recent interview.

"To be presented with FIFA's "solution" as a fait accompli and claim this to be consultation defies all definitions of best practice and good governance", Scudamore told The Times in London.

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