Europe's leagues come out against Infantino's Federation Internationale de Football Association plans
03 May, 2018, 20:20 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
FIFA's plans for the Club World Cup would involve expanding it to 24 teams - including 12 from Europe - and staging it every four years instead of annually as happens at present.
The tournament, known as the "Final 8", would be the climax of a proposed global Nations League competition, part of an ambitious plan to reform worldwide football which FIFA believes could be worth $25 billion in a 12-year cycle. Infantino had suggested that the new tournament would take place every October and/or November of every odd year starting from 2021.
The changes to FIFA's portfolio of competitions, which also includes the scrapping of the Confederations Cup, are part of a reform of worldwide football which FIFA believes could be worth $25 billion (£18 billion/€21 billion) over 12 years.
With the plans still in an ongoing discussion, no indication has been made over how many allocated sides will be set for each region.
The European Leagues, which represents England's Premier League and Spain's La Liga among others, said they rejected proposals for an expanded Club World Cup and a new global Nations League in the first sign of a serious split in world football over the plans.
Both the new Nations League and the Club World Cup would be run by Federation Internationale de Football Association, while an agency would be used to commercialise the competitions.
The Nations League would be a global version of the new competitions which are being introduced by UEFA this year.
Fifa's global format would begin with regional qualifying groups featuring promotion and relegation, which would then lead to intercontinental finals brackets in seven divisions.
While the Confederations Cup has a representative of each continent, as winners of their respective continental competitions compete against each other. European countries would reportedly receive up to $75 million for winning the competition based on estimates from Infantino's time at UEFA, the AP reported.
Infantino said the proposal would strengthen the "relationship between fans and the game", according to a letter to the FIFA Council obtained by the AP. Included in the proposal is a total overhaul of the Club World Cup from a yearly event to a much larger quadrennial tournament.
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