The International Football Federation (FIFA) has decided to expand the Club World Cup from 2025.
After the board meeting held in Kigili, 메이저놀이터 Rwanda, Africa on the 15th (Korean time), FIFA announced a change in the format of the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America, followed by a plan to expand the Club World Cup, one of President Gianni Infantino’s key projects.
According to FIFA, it was decided to hold the competition every four years from 2025, instead of the competition method in which club champions from each continent participated every year. The number of teams is also increased to 32. Of these, Europe secures 12 quotas. In 2025, Chelsea (winning the European Champions League and UCL in the 2020-2021 season) and Real Madrid (winning the UCL in the 2021-2022 season) have already secured the right to participate.
In addition, FIFA decided to allow up to two teams from the same country to participate in this competition.
The Club World Cup expansion plan was one of the key projects of Chairman Infantino, which was based on the theme of ‘Like a World Cup’ in December last year. At the time, FIFA president Infantino said, “The Club World Cup will be held once every four years. The number of participating teams will be expanded to 32.
Therefore, the 2023 Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia will be the last Club World Cup to be held in the traditional way. The next Club World Cup will be held in June 2025 in a format involving 32 teams.
In 2024, a competition similar to the existing Club World Cup is scheduled to be held. FIFA said it “expresses the need for the winning teams of top club competitions to play against each other every year to increase their competitiveness.”
FIFA is also taking care of club finances. FIFA’s revenue is expected to increase from 7.5 billion dollars (approximately 9.789 trillion won) to 11 billion dollars (approximately 14.3594 trillion won) over four years from 2022.