Reds set to be involved in new Club World Cup format

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But Madrid, victor of the last two editions of the Club World Cup, is endorsing Infantino's vision of the tournament being played every four years in June or July with 12 representatives from Europe.

That criteria would put Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Ajax and Inter Milan in line for a place, as well as Italian club Juventus, who have claimed two European Cups and two Intercontinental titles.

Federation Internationale de Football Association are planning a new club World Cup which will start in 2021 and Ajax are set to be one of the 24 clubs involved.

Clubs could earn up to £100 million from participating in the tournament which is backed by a consortium led by Japanese company SoftBank.

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Infantino insists that the new format will reduce the number of games the "great players" would play in each four-year cycle, but the leagues are sceptical and object to cramming new competitions into the football calendars.

"This is part of the whole discussion around the global match calendar, so if there is no annual Club World Cup and no Confederations Cup, it may not mean more matches for the players".

In addition, the host nation will not have to be the country of the subsequent World Cup, as is the case with the Confederations Cup.

Ziegler reports that Infantino, who has already pushed through an expansion of the Fifa World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, is keen to secure an agreement on the Club World Cup before this summer's World Cup kicks off in Russian Federation on 14th June.

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