Global Football Extravaganza: 32 Teams Set To Battle In New Club World Cup
FIFA is planning to make major changes to the Club World Cup starting in 2025. The tournament will now feature 32 teams and a new format.
The competition will take place between June and July and will include four teams each from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Confederation of African Football (CAF), and Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), six from the South American CONMEBOL, one from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), and 12 teams from UEFA.
The remaining spot will go to the host country, but the selection criteria are not yet known.
It’s currently unclear how many teams from each of Europe’s top club competitions – the Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League – will be included in the new Club World Cup.
Meanwhile, FIFA’s Council has approved its 2022 Annual Report, which shows record revenues of $7.6 billion for the 2019-2022 period. FIFA is aiming to increase its revenue to $11 billion during the 2023-2026 period, thanks in part to the success of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino says the organization’s investment in football reflects its commitment to making the sport truly global.