Barcelona against haste of bigger Club World Cup

Carrie Guzman
March 16, 2019

It will be the first time VAR has been used at the tournament, having made its debut in the men's World Cup a year ago in Russian Federation.

Qatar is working to complete eight stadiums for a 64-match schedule.

Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman and United Arab Emirates are all potential options yet rancorous diplomatic disputes has led to the tiny Gulf state being politically isolated from many of its former allies. We can not just take [a] simple decision.

"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.

The announcement was made despite the objection of the European Clubs Association, which represents 232 clubs.

"I think if football can contribute to open up some doors and to make people meet and discuss with each other", Infantino said, "we will not solve all the problems of the world but maybe we'll get a little step closer in at least starting to understand each other a bit".

It has already been agreed that the 2026 tournament, to be co-hosted by Canada, Mexico and United States, will feature 48 teams.

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das had confirmed the development to the Indian Express and said, "We want to bid for the under-17 women's world cup and wanted to understand the procedure".

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"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.

"Our openness was based on our commitment to hosting a FIFA World Cup that benefits our region and its people in the best way possible". If it happens, fantastic.

"We will move to the next stage, we will explore the possibility of who could potentially be hosting some of the Games in the Gulf regions", Infantino said.

The letter, viewed by the AP, was signed by top executives from 14 leading European clubs, including ECA head Andrea Agnelli of Juventus.

They said they are "firmly against any approval of a revised Club World Cup at this point in time and confirm that no ECA clubs would take part to such a competition".

The decision was confirmed at a meeting of Fifa's Council in Miami.

Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu backs a revamp of the competition, just not until the entire calendar for club and national team matches is reconfigured for 2024 and beyond to cope.

Video assistant referees have also been approved for this year's Women's World Cup, which starts in France on June 7.

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