European clubs say will boycott FIFA’s Club World Cup

European clubs say will boycott FIFA’s Club World Cup

However, even before Friday's meeting of the ruling FIFA Council, Infantino was forced to drop the Nations League plan after his own task force found there was no consensus for such a tournament and a lack of space in the global calendar.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced on Friday that it is "feasible" to expand the 2022 World Cup, but that any plans to do so will need to be approved by the FIFA Congress in June.

"We will work with FIFA to determine whether or not a viable operating model does exist and importantly, whether it is in the best interests for football and for the tournament, and for Qatar as the host nation", a spokesman for Qatar 2022 said. "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 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.

UEFA also confirmed Europe had voted against the new tournament at Friday's meeting.

Federation Internationale de Football Association had already approved of a 48-team World Cup in 2026, but that edition of the tournament features Canada, Mexico and the United States engaged in a willing partnership. "So we bid for the U-17 Women's World Cup and now we have got it".

When asked if he was concerned about staging a new Club World Cup without any of Europe's elite clubs, Infantino said: "We hope that all the best teams will participate and we've had some very positive discussions with Uefa".

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Javier Ceppi, the then U-17 men's World Cup tournament director congratulated India after the development with a tweet saying, "amazing news for India and the women's game".

He also revealed FIFA's decision to launch a revamped world club competition that includes 24 teams starting 2021.

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 have to take care of the footballers", Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu told the AP ahead of council meeting.

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.

VAR, which made its debut at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, will now be deployed for the women's tournament which kicks off in June in France.

The increase in teams will see the tournament feature 80 matches instead of the 64 used in a traditional 32-team World Cup.

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