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Infantino wants talks over £17.9bn Club World Cup and league plans

 

By Staff Reporter

Fifa President Gianni Infantino has called for a meeting of the governing body's council to discuss a $25bn (£17.9bn) plan to overhaul the Club World Cup and set up a new national league.

It is understood that the proposal would see the current Club World Cup change from a seven-team tournament held every winter to a 24-team competition staged every fourth summer.

The first possible edition of the expanded tournament would be in 2021 and would feature 12 European teams - the finalists from the four previous Champions Leagues and the four previous Europa League winners.

Fifa believe it could generate £2.15bn.

The details of Infantino's new national league are sketchier but it is understood the competition would involve leagues at confederation level with the eight best teams progressing to an international knock-out tournament.

A Fifa spokesperson said: "A meeting with the confederations will take place but no date has been set yet. Further consultation is also ongoing on potential changes to the Club World Cup."

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