FIFA ex­am­in­ing new Club World Cup for­mat

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS -

A mem­ber of FIFA’s rul­ing coun­cil says there are pro­pos­als for a 24-team Club World Cup to be played every four years from 2021. Rein­hard Grindel, who is also pres­i­dent of the Ger­man soc­cer fed­er­a­tion, wrote on his Face­book page that he op­posed the plans at a FIFA Coun­cil meet­ing last week in In­dia be­cause play­ers need time to rest. Grindel says FIFA is ex­plor­ing play­ing the 24-team Club World Cup in June 2021 over 18 days, start­ing with eight teams split into three groups. A seven-team Club World Cup is staged an­nu­ally in De­cem­ber, fea­tur­ing the winners of the six re­gional con­fed­er­a­tions and the cham­pion of the host coun­try’s na­tional league. The Euro­pean and South Amer­i­can cham­pi­ons have only two games be­cause they en­ter in the semi­fi­nals. A FIFA Coun­cil meet­ing in March 2018 is set to dis­cuss plans for the Club World Cup again.

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