European League Opposes FIFA's New Competitions Plan

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

At the same time, he hopes to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the Global Nations League, grouping eight teams including the winners of worldwide competitions in each of FIFA's regional confederations.

In a letter seen by Reuters, Infantino, who has already overseen the enlargement of the existing World Cup from 32 to 48 teams starting in 2026, suggested that the new tournament would take place every October and/or November of every odd year starting from 2021.

The report states the investors are willing to spend $25b (R316 trillion) on the revamped showpiece, which will also include a new Club World Cup format with 24 teams.

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".

The European Leagues, which represents England's Premier League and Spain's La Liga among others, said they rejected proposals for an expanded Club World Cup and a new global Nations League in the first sign of a serious split in world football over the plans.

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In both cases, the competitions involve all the national teams in the respective continents who are divided into divisions based on their rankings. CONCACAF will begin play in a similar nations league this year.

There is promotion and relegation between the divisions, as in conventional domestic leagues.

U.S. last host the tournament in 1994 where Brazil emerged victor after beating Italy on penalties after the full regulation period had ended goalless.

Infantino said the proposal would strengthen the "relationship between fans and the game", according to a letter to the FIFA Council obtained by the AP.

That would "further destroy competitive balance in domestic competitions", the Swedish official said.