Barça, Real Madrid favor increasing number of Club World Championship participants

Barça, Real Madrid favor increasing number of Club World Championship participants

According to a report in The Times, FIFA are planning the creation of a 24-team club World Cup.

Following a meeting in Lyon, the PFSC said its members had not been properly consulted and added in a statement that it "unanimously expressed serious reservations about the process surrounding the FIFA Club World Cup and Global Nations League proposals".

The first host country could be China - taking place in June 2021 - with the format seeing eight groups of three followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

Under the proposal, Federation Internationale de Football Association plans to invite at least 12 clubs from Europe to take part, with sides who have won at least three Uefa Champions Leagues or European Cups given preference, according to The Times.

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It is understood that Liverpool and Manchester United will be invited to participate in the competition alongside Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Ajax, Inter Milan and Juventus. Three other slots are expected to be available for European clubs, potentially opening the door to the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

The 24 clubs competing would share a pot of £1.5 billion, each club competing will be guaranteed a minimum £50 million with tournament winners earning around £100 million.

As relayed by Swettenham, UEFA is said to be anxious the tournament would take some of the spotlight away from the Champions League, which now brings together the biggest sides in Europe.

The consortium backing the competition is being led by Japan's Softbank with the main backers coming from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. So if run correctly, then I think Liverpool should consider the offer.