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European teams may boycott FIFA's Club World Cup

European teams may boycott FIFA's Club World Cup

"We have decided that India will host the next U-17 Women's World Cup in 2020", FIFA president Gianni Infantino said after the FIFA Council met in Miami. "If the calendar is not modified, of course we can not agree".

"I am feeling very positive from the discussions and I am sure that at the end we will be very happy", he said.

The move away from the traditional 32 teams which will see 80 matches instead of 64 - the notion was originally slated to come into effect for the 2026 tournament in North America - means one or more other countries will be asked to help Qatar stage the shortened 28-day event which is scheduled to kick off in November 2022. "If it doesn't happen, fantastic also", said Infantino.

The FIFA study seen by the AP says Qatar would not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless those countries restore diplomatic and travel ties with Doha. Like the men's under-17 World Cup, the women's edition, too, has to be held in October and November.

"We know the current form doesn't work", FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani told the AP.

European clubs have publicly resisted FIFA's bid to replace the current seven-team annual Club World Cup, which is played annually in December, with an expanded quadrennial version in June-July. The top three teams from the AFC Under-16 Championship qualify for the Under-17 Women's World Cup.

'Club football is evolving at a different pace in different parts of the world and we want to have an exciting, prestigious and inclusive competition, and we'll have that with this Club World Cup, starting in 2021.

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The ECA executive board letter said it was "against any potential approval of a revised CWC at this point in time and confirm that no ECA Clubs would take part to such competition".

The European Club Association (ECA) says any new competitions should be part of an agreed framework for the global match calendar post-2024.

The announcement comes in the face of considerable opposition from European clubs.

"But it was our responsibility to take a decision because we have to deal with the organisational matters - it is only two years away".

Infantino also provided an update on organization of the upcoming Women's World Cup, saying that the preparations were going well.

There was also confirmation from Federation Internationale de Football Association that the video assistant referee system (VAR) will be used at the women's World Cup this summer.


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