Can you imagine a Club World Cup without the participation of European teams?
Well, that could soon become a reality in the event that the FIFA vs UEFA war, which peaked at the FIFA Council meeting in Miami on Friday, continues, something that seems likely due to how far apart the two sides are.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino managed to get his long-awaited Club World Cup plan approved, overhauling it to a 24-team tournament, and is currently in opposition with both UEFA and the ECA, that is both the European federation and clubs.
If nothing changes, the new competition would start in 2021 but without the biggest hitters in the game today.
Next Tuesday, UEFA plan to gather its Executive Committee, which will deal with the measures to be adopted, but for now boycotting the competition is more than just idle speculation.
Infantino tried to find an agreement but the meetings and talks held in the hours prior served no purpose.
As for the Qatar World Cup and the possibility of extending the number of teams to 48, FIFA still believe that is possible, but the decision has been postponed until June’s Congress.
The collaboration of countries in that area is needed and is something that isn’t possible at the moment due to the blockade in the area.
In addition, FIFA approved the use of VAR at this year’s Women’s World Cup.