Qatar and Federation Internationale de Football Association study 2022 World Cup expansion amid numerous obstacles

Fifa grants Infantino’s lucrative Club World Cup wish

Hailing what he described as a "milestone in the history of FIFA and worldwide club football", Gianni Infantino triumphantly announced today that he had won his battle to introduce a ground-breaking 24-team Club World Cup in the summer of 2021 to replace the Confederations Cup.

"UEFA shares the ECA's view that the global match calendar in 2021 does not provide any realistic option to stage a 24-team Club World Cup and that it should furthermore not be played at a time when players should have a well-deserved rest period", European football's governing body said in a statement.

The obstacles are numerous - adding another 16 teams would require additional matches and venues and according to FIFA's feasibility study would not be possible in Qatar alone.

Well, that could soon become a reality in the event that the FIFA vs UEFA war, which peaked at the FIFA Council meeting in Miami on Friday, continues, something that seems likely due to how far apart the two sides are.

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"The world will now 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 added. "So we'll move to the next stage and look at who could host these games, and then congress can take the final decision".

The FIFA president had hoped to get backing for a "pilot" edition of the new 24-team tournament in 2021 alongside a new worldwide Nations League for national teams.

"We are following developments around the FIFA Council closely".

As well as eight European clubs, the new tournament would see six teams from South America, three each from Africa, Asia and North and Central America and one from Oceania.

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The European Club Association and European governing body UEFA does not want FIFA adding competitions prior to agreement on a new worldwide match calendar from 2024.

The tournament - which is presently limited to seven participants - will be moved from its usual December window to the months of June and July.

In a letter that was leaked on Friday, the ECA's executive board, including board members at Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid, said they would not take part in any new competition until 2024 at the earliest.

The situation is complicated by the ongoing dispute between Qatar and several of its neighbours, with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt all cutting diplomatic, transport and trade ties with the gulf nation in 2017 as part of a fallout which stems from accusations made against Doha of financing terrorism.

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Osaka was blitzed by 23rd seed Belinda Bencic in straight sets as her title defence came to a surprise end in the fourth round. Top seed Naomi Osaka was blitzed by Belinda Bencic , while Simona Halep went down to Marketa Vondrousova in the last 16.


This will be the second Federation Internationale de Football Association tournament India will be hosting, after the U-17 Men's World Cup in 2017. No domestic women's competition uses video review.

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