Published: Thu, May 03, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Europe's leagues come out against Infantino's Federation Internationale de Football Association plans

Europe's leagues come out against Infantino's Federation Internationale de Football Association plans

The tournament, known as the "Final 8", would be the climax of a proposed global Nations League competition, part of an ambitious plan to reform worldwide football which FIFA believes could be worth $25 billion in a 12-year cycle.

According to reports from Reuters and Spanish publication AS, the new tournament could be staged as of October or November 2021, with a group of investors backing the worldwide league idea.

Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup, boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format rather than retaining it as an annual event.

The changes to FIFA's portfolio of competitions, which also includes the scrapping of the Confederations Cup, are part of a reform of global football which FIFA believes could be worth $25 billion (£18 billion/€21 billion) over 12 years.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has been acting with "a clear lack of consultation and transparency", Lars-Christer Olsson, the CEO of the European Leagues, said Thursday after a board meeting of his 32-member group.

"Africa hosted the best FIFA World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa".

Trump's comments however risk incurring the wrath of FIFA, which has strict guidelines forbidding government intervention in football matters.

The tournament, known as the "Final 8", would be the climax of a proposed global Nations League competition, part of an ambitious plan to reform worldwide football which FIFA believes could be worth $25 billion in a 12-year cycle.

In both cases, the competitions involve all the national teams in their respective regions who are divided into divisions based on their rankings.

There is promotion and relegation between the divisions, as in conventional domestic leagues. CONCACAF will begin play in a similar nations league this year.

Infantino's letter said that all revenue from the competition would be redistributed.

Infantino said the proposal would strengthen the "relationship between fans and the game", according to a letter to the FIFA Council obtained by the AP.

The group, chaired by member of the La Republique En Marche, Mustapha Laabid, will feature Morocco's capability and advantages as host of the football world's 23rd premier tournament in 2026.

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