Story by Adamu Benin Abdul Karim
The FIFA council convened on October 24 at Shanghai to vote on a number of issues, especially on the future of key international tournaments and unanimously voted in favor of a four year duration of the FIFA club world cup. Hitherto it’s yearly editions and endorsed China as the host of the premiering tournament in 2021.
The FIFA council has revamped the club world cup from seven participatory clubs to twenty four. The pilot edition of the twenty four club world cup tournament would be held in PR of China in 2021.
This year’s tournament would be played in the usual seven tournament format but the subsequent tourneys would be played in a four year duration which would accommodate more champion clubs across the globe.
In composition, Europe hold’s a mega share of the representation with eight slots to fill spanning winners from 2018 champions league and runners-up right onto 2021.
South America also holds six slots; Asia, and North and Central America also have three slots to fill while Oceania is reserved with just one ticket.
Africa’s representation would be decided base on outcomes in the 2021 CAF champions league. Winners and runners-up take up the first two slots while the third would be up for grab via a play off between semi finalists in the CAF champions league come 2021.
The tournament would be hosted by The Peoples Republic of China in the summer of 2021 in the months of June and July, 2021.