Soccer’s global governing body, Fifa, is exploring expanding the Club World Cup to 24 teams from June 2021, according to British and American media reports.
The annual seven-team international men’s soccer competition - which currently features the champions of Fifa’s six continental confederations, as well as the host nation’s league winner - could open with three groups of eight teams and be played over 18 days.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino said on 27th October, following a Fifa council meeting, that a review of international club, youth, and women's competitions would report to the next council meeting in March, which is due to be held in Colombia.
Reinhard Grindel, Fifa council member and president of the German Football Association (DFB), wrote on social media site Facebook: ‘The players need rest and time for recuperation in June. Fifa should focus on the competitions for national teams.’
The current Club World Cup champions are Spanish La Liga side Real Madrid, who defeated Japan’s Kashima Antlers 4-2 in the final of the 2016 edition of the event.