Saturday, 17 August, 2019

Federation Internationale de Football Association approve 24-team Club World Cup

FIFA President Gianni Infantino wants to enlarge the tournament from 32 to 48 teams FIFA President Gianni Infantino wants to enlarge the tournament from 32 to 48 teams
Shannon Reynolds | 16 March, 2019, 14:15

Also Friday, the FIFA Council will be asked to approve the recommendations of a feasibility study into adding another 16 teams for the Qatar World Cup in 2022.

The 2022 Qatar World Cup's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy released a statement later in the day, saying, "We have been open to the process of discussing a potential expansion of the World Cup in 2022 to 48 teams since discussions started in Moscow and continued in Kigali".

However the tournament may well end up being launched without representation from Europe.

The announcement comes in the face of considerable opposition from European clubs.

The Indian women's national team is now taking part in the SAFF Women's Championship where it kicked off its campaign with a resounding 6-0 win over Maldives at the Sahid Rangashala Stadium on Wednesday.

Qatar is now embroiled in a bitter diplomatic dispute with fellow Gulf states Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE - meaning that the only realistic candidates to co-host the tournament are Kuwait and Oman.

The ECA executive board letter said it was "against any potential approval of a revised CWC at this point in time and confirm that no ECA Clubs would take part to such competition".

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"We have been giving a lot of emphasis on the development of women's football in the country".

"But it was our responsibility to take a decision because we have to deal with the organisational matters - it is only two years away". "We hope that all the best teams will participate and we've had some very positive discussions with Uefa".

In 2021, Federation Internationale de Football Association envisages the window for global matches - which is likely to include 2022 World Cup qualifiers - running May 31-June 8.

In other news as reported by insideworldfootball, Confederation of African Football President and FIFA vice-president Ahmed finally received a visa to enter the United States for the meetings.

England head coach Phil Neville has previously said he is concerned about the standard of refereeing at the World Cup, adding it was "important" that VAR was introduced to women's football.

"Now the world will see a real Club World Cup where fans will see the best teams in the world compete to be crowned the real world champions", he said. "We will explore the possibility of who could potentially be hosting some of the games in the Gulf region and if we come to some conclusions in June, we will make a proposal to the council and of course the congress". Spain are the current holders, they beat Mexico 2-1 in the final in Uruguay previous year - the first time they won the tournament to become the fifth country to win the U-17 World Cup.

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