FIFA boss Infantino wants 32-team Club World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to expand the Club World Cup into a global event featuring 32 teams and move it from its current December time slot.

A new World Cup for clubs should be created that "is interesting for the clubs but also for fans all over the world," Infantino said Friday in interviews with the Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo and Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Modern football is not only Europe and South America," Infantino said. "The world has changed."

The current Club World Cup takes place in December with each continental champion joining the league winner of the host country in a convoluted format of games. The 2016 edition takes place in Japan but is frequently of limited attraction to European clubs in the middle of their domestic seasons.

Infantino said the current format was "not exactly inspiring.

"But in summer, with the best 32 clubs in the world? Is it better to organize an itinerary or a tournament?," he asked.

According to Infantino, the new tournament could take place from 2019 and run June 10-30.

However, difficulties could arise from clashes with the 2019 Copa America held in Brazil and the women's World Cup, hosted in France, around the same time.

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