Sunday, 20 May, 2018

FIFA Planning New 24-Team Club World Cup

10. Sergio Romero  Click the right arrow above to see who Argentina's highest rated player in FIFA 18's World Cup mode Barça, Real Madrid favor increasing number of Club World Championship participants
Melissa Porter | 16 May, 2018, 15:27

"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".

At the same time, he hopes to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the Global Nations League.

The new competition would see the scrapping of the current Club World Cup, held annually in December, along with the Confederations Cup which is held in the summer prior to a World Cup.

The winners of the four previous Champions Leagues would be guaranteed places.

Barcelona's board of directors says the expanded tournament would be "exciting, dynamic, inclusive and prestigious".

9. Javier Pastore

Barcelona and Real Madrid are said to have welcomed the proposals with Barcelona describing the tournament as an opportunity for clubs "to contribute to the growth of their brands".

It's claimed that Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino is aiming to secure an agreement for the new competition before this summer's World Cup begins next month.

"They have invited only the clubs", the Slovene said on Friday.

As relayed by Swettenham, UEFA is said to be anxious the tournament would take some of the spotlight away from the Champions League, which now brings together the biggest sides in Europe.

And English Premier League boss Richard Scudamore told the Times: "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".