Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
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Top clubs in new Club World Cup boycott threat against Infantino

Top clubs in new Club World Cup boycott threat against Infantino

A 48-team World Cup in Qatar and another Gulf state in 2022 moved a step closer last night after football chiefs pushed on with plans to extend the competition early.

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. "We have to take care about the way of training and the vacation they need to recover every season that they do".

No venue has been mentioned for the inaugural tournament, but it is scheduled to take the slot now reserved for the Confederations Cup in 2021.

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. 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".

"It is a joint decision between Federation Internationale de Football Association and Qatar and obviously we are looking at it in terms of what makes sense, what is workable", he said. "The top clubs in the world have fans all over the world".

Infantino admitted there have been "differences of opinion" since he first floated the idea past year and referred to "constructive dialogue" with Europe that he hoped to build on. Teams would play two to five matches over a maximum of 18 days.

It will run every four years and take place from June to July in the slot now used for the World Cup warm-up event, the Confederations Cup.

"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.

The ECA represents all Europe's leading teams who would be expected to feature in a revised Club World Cup.

The task force held four meetings between November 2018 and February 2019 and, prior to the FIFA Council meeting in Miami, provided the members of FIFA's decision-making body with a detailed report on the technical and sporting elements linked to the organisation of a revamped FIFA Club World Cup.

The organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar say they are "open" to the possible expansion of the tournament from 32 to 48 teams through the addition of a second host country. "So we bid for the U-17 Women's World Cup and now we have got it".

Qatar would not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless diplomatic relations improve.

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