Infantino proposes new biennial Federation Internationale de Football Association mini

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Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup, boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format rather than retaining it as an annual event.At the same time, he hopes to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the Global Nations League, grouping eight teams including the winners of worldwide competitions in each of FIFA's regional confederations. The 12-year deal with a Japanese-led, Saudi Arabian-backed consortium would start in 2021.

European Leagues President Lars-Christer Olsson said the approach was reminiscent of FIFA's problematic past.

Olsson also said that FIFA's proposed Club World Cup prize money would "increase the financial and sporting gap" between clubs playing in his member's leagues.

Several national associations contacted by Reuters said they had not received any direct communication from FIFA on the plans. The official had even said in a statement, it would be "great" for Africa to organize once again this global competition.

On May 16, UEFA's strategy council - including leaders of European national federations, clubs, leagues and players' union FIFPro - will meet in Lyon, France, during the FIFA consultation period.

The world's football organization keeps reminding that at the request of the Russian authorities, all fans attending matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup need to apply for a Fan-ID - the official identity document issued to fans.

A week ago, the world's governing football body, FIFA, announced the opening of the 3rd and final stage of ticket sales for matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

UEFA sees threats to the worldwide appeal and commercial value of its Champions League, while the Nations League proposal - including an elite eight-team final tournament - was created by UEFA previous year.

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