Fifa to expand Club World Cup to 32 teams from 2025



The details, format and host nation of the 2025 Club World Cup are yet to be decided, though the USA are thought to be the frontrunners to host. Infantino has pressed ahead with the plans despite not receiving aproval from Europe’s top clubs, as reported in the Daily Mail last week.

The Premier League last year unanimously opposed any reform to the International Match Calendar post-2024, including plans to significantly extend international windows.

Richard Masters, Premier League chief executive, said: “The Premier League is committed to preventing any radical changes to the post-2024 FIFA International Match Calendar that would adversely affect player welfare and threaten the competitiveness, calendar, structures and traditions of domestic football.

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“We are open to reforms and new ideas, but they must enhance the complementary balance between domestic and international football in order to improve the game at all levels.

“This process should also involve meaningful agreements with the leagues that provide the foundations for the game.”

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Fifa also confirmed that the planned 48-team, groups-of-three format for the 2026 Fifa World Cup in USA, Canada and Mexico would be revisisted given the success of the dramatic four-team group-phase in Qatar.

The Fifa boss also announced proposals for a Women’s Club World Cup, a new four-team event called the World Series with international teams from separate confederations – and added that Morocco will host the 2022 Men’s Club World Cup in February.

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