Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Reds set to be involved in new Club World Cup format

Reds set to be involved in new Club World Cup format

According to the report, UEFA are allegedly furious with the plans, as it would detract from their main earner, the Champions League. According to agency reports, 12 of the 24 teams in the competition would be European, four or five from South America, two each from the rest of the Americas, Asia and Africa, leaving Oceania to battle for the last place with a South American team.

The Times suggests that United and Liverpool will be two of 12 European clubs invited to take part, having won at least three European Cups in the past.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association is said to be pushing ahead with a contentious plan to establish a new global tournament that would replace its existing seven-team annual event with a 24-team event held every four years, starting in June 2021.

That would see the likes of Real Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich and Barcelona all potentially involved too.

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Clubs could earn up to £100 million from participating in the tournament which is backed by a consortium led by Japanese company SoftBank.

Of course, the clubs would not have to take part should they not wish to do so, but with a guaranteed £50m for competing and a potential £100m for winning the tournament, clubs are unlikely to turn down the offer.

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Infantino insists that the new format will reduce the number of games the "great players" would play in each four-year cycle, but the leagues are sceptical and object to cramming new competitions into the football calendars.

It is hoped the competition will begin in 2021 and that China are keen to host the inaugural edition of the tournament.

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