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Infantino Summons Confederation Leaders to Discuss Major Proposal

Infantino Summons Confederation Leaders to Discuss Major Proposal  Infantino Summons Confederation Leaders to Discuss Major Proposal

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has summoned confederation leaders to a meeting in Zurich next week to discuss a potential multi-billion investment in the sport which could radically alter the football calendar.

The revolutionary proposal could see a revamping of the FIFA Club World Cup and the new Nations League, which would replace the current FIFA Confederations Cup, Insidethegames reported.

FIFA is keen to introduce these tournaments as they are set to generate $25 billion in revenue through broadcasting rights in Asia.

The new Club World Cup would take place in June or July every four years and feature 12 European teams, including the Champions League finalists and Europa League winners from the previous four seasons, plus four clubs from South America and two each from Africa, Asia and North America, as well as one from the host country and an extra one from either South America or Oceania.

The proposal, however, which Infantino put forward at a FIFA Council meeting in the Colombian capital Bogota in March, could greatly impact the current calendar and influence the FIFA World Cup.

Europe’s elite football clubs have recently called for fewer matches during the season and mandatory rest periods for players. The prospect of this could be harmed by the new Club World Cup schedule.

Discussions surrounding a potential 48-team World Cup in Qatar and the 2026 World Cup bidding process are also likely to be on the table.

FIFA’s 2026 Inspection Committee recently completed visits to bidding nations Morocco and North America, whose bid contains Canada, the US and Mexico.

With the meeting being called at such short notice, it is unclear how many confederation presidents will be able to attend the meeting in the Swiss city next week.

 

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