And give go ahead to Club World Cup plans

FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses the media after a key meeting of football's world governing body in Miami

The new competition is expected to include eight teams from Europe.

"I think as Federation Internationale de Football Association, we have a duty to look into that", said Infantino about the possible World Cup expansion.

The World Cup is already growing to 48 teams from 2026, when the tournament will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico. Three each would go to teams from Africa, Asia and CONCACAF, which represents North and Central America and the Caribbean. Recent reports have indicated the Confederations Cup, a competition between confederation champions on the national team front that previously served as a trial run for the following year's World Cup host, will not take place any longer.

FIFA, meanwhile, have been told that the leading European clubs will boycott a Club World Cup expanded to 24 teams in 2021 which was also given the go-ahead at the meeting in Florida.

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

The FIFA Council on Friday approved working with Qatar to explore expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams by adding at least one more country in the Persian Gulf to host matches. "We want to have an exciting competition, we want to have a prestigious competition, we want to have an inclusive competition and we will have this in the new Club World Cup starting in 2021".

"We are delighted to announce that India has been confirmed as the host of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in 2020", Infantino said after the FIFA Council meeting in Miami, USA.

ECA board members, including Manchester United's chief executive Ed Woodward, signed a letter expressing concerns, which was revealed earlier on Friday. "If it doesn't happen, fantastic also", said Infantino.

They said they are "firmly against any approval of a revised Club World Cup at this point in time and confirm that no ECA clubs would take part to such a competition".

The women's under-17 World Cup has 16 nations and Das had said that they can host matches at "just four cities".

The ECA says a decision on potential new competitions can only be made as part of an agreed framework for the worldwide match calendar post-2024.

By virtue of being the host country, India will take part in the tournament for the first time in its history.

It will be the first time VAR has been used at the tournament, having made its debut in the men's World Cup past year in Russian Federation.



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