FIFA has expanded the Club World Cup

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 22: General view as Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid lifts the FIFA Club World Cup Trophy following the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Final between Al Ain and Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 22: General view as Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid lifts the FIFA Club World Cup Trophy following the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Final between Al Ain and Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Now instead of seven teams from six different confederations, the new tournament will feature 24 clubs from around the world.

Even after European clubs have failed to show support for the idea, FIFA has approved today the Club World Cup, from seven to 24 teams starting in 2021.

“The FIFA Council approved the establishment of a new landmark club competition: a revamped, 24-team FIFA Club World Cup, the pilot edition of which will be held in June and July 2021,” the federation said on its official website.

“The decision was taken today, during the ninth meeting of FIFA’s strategic and decision-making body, in Miami. There were 25 votes in favour of and seven against the proposal.”

“The revamped FIFA Club World Cup will be played during the international match calendar slot that corresponded to the FIFA Confederations Cup,” the statement read.

“In the 2021 pilot edition, the 24 teams will be split into eight groups of three teams each, with the group winners to qualify for the quarter-finals in a knockout format.”

“Further details − such as the proposed match schedule and the slot allocation for representatives of each confederation − will be discussed further and decided at a later stage,” they explained.

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“The consultation process culminated in the work of a dedicated task force formed by FIFA and the six confederations.”

“The task force held four meetings between November 2018 and February 2019 and, prior to the FIFA Council meeting in Miami, provided the members of FIFA’s decision-making body with a detailed report on the technical and sporting elements linked to the organisation of a revamped FIFA Club World Cup,” they wrote.

“The subject was also at the centre of constructive dialogue between FIFA and UEFA, which will continue over the course of the upcoming months.”

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was the last one with seven teams playing, and Real Madrid took advantage of this to win its third consecutive title.

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