FIFA Mulling Changes to Non-World Cup Competitions

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Europe's top football leagues are in "firm opposition" to FIFA President Gianni Infantino's plans for two new global tournaments, the body representing them said on Thursday.

Earlier this month, Infantino confirmed that investors had shown interest in backing an expanded Club World Cup but did not comment on the amount involved which has been reported as being up to $25 billion over a 12-year period.

FIFA have made an ambitious proposal to revamp worldwide football which would effectively end the FIFA Confederations Cup tournament held every four years.

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.

With the plans still in an ongoing discussion, no indication has been made over how many allocated sides will be set for each region.

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

Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid committee, chaired by the Moroccan Minister of Industry Moulay Hafid Elalamy, is also expected to take part in the event.

Infantino plans to introduce a revamped Club World Cup and a new FIFA Nations League which is anticipated will jointly provide FIFA with significant additional funding and allow Infantino to fulfill his election pledge of handing FIFA federations vastly more development money than they had before he took over. UEFA's inaugural competition will begin in September this year.

While the Confederations Cup has a representative of each continent, as winners of their respective continental competitions compete against each other.

Infantino suggested that similar intercontinental mini-tournaments to the Final 8 could also be organized for the top teams in the lower divisions. "Russia is absolutely ready to host, to celebrate the summer of festivities here in this attractive country". European countries would reportedly receive up to $75 million for winning the competition based on estimates from Infantino's time at UEFA, the AP reported.

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