It looks like FIFA, the international football governing body, won’t be making any friends soon as they have made yet another controversial decision. Per journo Henry Winter of Times Sport, the Club World Cup, which is a tournament that includes the champions of the six continental federations (CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, UEFA, CAF, AFC, OFC), will now become a 32-team tournament similar to the UEFA Champions League. If you’ve ever wondered what the overhauled Club World Cup would be like, this tweet covers it:
What would a 32-team World Club Cup draw look like? pic.twitter.com/seAxe1IGIJ— Football Transfers (@Transfersdotcom) December 16, 2022
Not only that, but FIFA are about to inaugurate three more competitions (via Henry Winter again): a “World Series” to be held in March of FIFA World Cup years (2026 and so on), a Women’s Club World Cup, and a Women’s Futsal World Cup.
It appears that FIFA are proving yet again that all they care about is money and completely disregarding the wellbeing of players that will participate in these tournaments. The winter World Cup have basically driven starters for both club and country to the ground (maybe not for Germany and co. who were out early) and will be sending home worn out players. FIFA better know what they’re doing, or else it could be a big mess.