OFFICIAL: FIFA confirm 24-team Club World Cup will start in 2021

OFFICIAL: FIFA confirm 24-team Club World Cup will start in 2021

FIFA confirmed today that there will be a 24 team Club World Cup which will start in the summer of 2021, it will take place every 4 years. However there are rumours that some of the bigger clubs in Europe do not want to participate in it.

It will replace the current seven-team annual Club World Cup, which is currently played in December, with an expanded quadrennial version in June-July 2021.

Friday's announcement was made by FIFA President Gianni Infantino despite a letter from Europe's elite clubs telling him they will not take part in the competition.

The stark message was handed to UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin from the European Club Association, which represents 232 of the continent's leading teams, and was sent via email on Tuesday, three days before the crucial meeting in Miami on Friday.

The letter was signed by Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, Celtic's Peter Lawwell and the bosses of Ajax, Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG on Tuesday.

Asked if he was concerned about the prospect of FIFA staging a new Club World Cup in 2021 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.

"But today it was our responsibility to take a decision because we have to deal with the organisational matters - it is only two years away."

Infantino added he was "extremely happy" at the council backing his plan to stage the new tournament in the slot preview



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