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Club World Cup expansion confirmed
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Mark
2019-05-05 08:55:28 UTC
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According to Wikipedia, a new format of 24 teams, 8 groups of 3 with the group winners going through to the quarter-finals, has been confirmed. It will be played every 4 years from 2021 and be played when the Confederations Cup used to be played.
Apparently it will include the Champions League winners and runners-up, the Europa League winners (so 12 from Europe), the Copa Libertadores winners ( 4 from South America), and the rest from the other confederations. It will be a total of 31 matches.
There will be no Club World Cup in 2019 or 2020.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_Club_World_Cup
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_FIFA_Club_World_Cup
Mehdi
2019-05-05 15:06:52 UTC
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Post by Mark
According to Wikipedia, a new format of 24 teams, 8 groups of 3 with the group winners going through to the quarter-finals, has been confirmed. It will be played every 4 years from 2021 and be played when the Confederations Cup used to be played.
Apparently it will include the Champions League winners and runners-up, the Europa League winners (so 12 from Europe), the Copa Libertadores winners ( 4 from South America), and the rest from the other confederations. It will be a total of 31 matches.
There will be no Club World Cup in 2019 or 2020.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_Club_World_Cup
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_FIFA_Club_World_Cup
Unless this has happened in the last 24 hours, they don't have approval
from UEFA.

And you failed to take note of this from the second link which states:

On 15 March 2019, the new format and schedule of Club World Cup was
confirmed at the FIFA Council meeting in Miami, Florida, United
States.[1] Following the international window from 31 May to 8 June 2021
(for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification and the 2021 UEFA Nations League
Finals), the tournament will take place from 17 June to 4 July,
replacing the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup. The 2021 Africa Cup of
Nations and 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup will then be allotted a window from 5
to 31 July 2021 in the FIFA International Match Calendar.[4][5]

However, the European Club Association is opposed to the decision,
proposing that European clubs boycott the new competition.[4]

More on the boycott:

https://www.marca.com/en/football/international-football/2019/03/15/5c8c0bcfca474134318b4626.html

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.
Mark
2019-06-04 09:04:01 UTC
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Post by Mark
According to Wikipedia, a new format of 24 teams, 8 groups of 3 with the group winners going through to the quarter-finals, has been confirmed. It will be played every 4 years from 2021 and be played when the Confederations Cup used to be played.
Apparently it will include the Champions League winners and runners-up, the Europa League winners (so 12 from Europe), the Copa Libertadores winners ( 4 from South America), and the rest from the other confederations. It will be a total of 31 matches.
There will be no Club World Cup in 2019 or 2020.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_Club_World_Cup
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_FIFA_Club_World_Cup
Update: Apparently the Club World Cup is still being played in 2019 and 2020. They've announced that Qatar are hosting them both.

No updates regarding the ECA's potential boycott in 2021 though.

This of course means that the champions of each continent from 2018-2020 get 2 chances to win the World Championship, and also implies that winning the Europa League in 2020 (or 2019 or 2018) is good enough to qualify for the World Championship in 2021 but not good enough to qualify for the World Championship in 2020 (or 2019 or 2018)!

If they insist on enlarging it, why not leave it as it is until 2021 and then play it every 4 years from 2025?!
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