And give go ahead to Club World Cup plans

FIFA President Gianni Infantino addresses the media after a key meeting of football's world governing body in Miami

"We have to take care of the footballers", Bartomeu said in an interview with The Associated Press in Miami, where the FIFA Council is meeting.

"It is a joint decision between Federation Internationale de Football Association and Qatar and obviously we are looking at it in terms of what makes sense, what is workable", he said.

India will host the U-17 Women's World Cup in 2020, FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced on Friday.

It has already been agreed that the 2026 tournament, to be co-hosted by Canada, Mexico and United States, will feature 48 teams. Three each would go to teams from Africa, Asia and CONCACAF, which represents North and Central America and the Caribbean.

A quadrennial version would launch in June-July 2021 to replace the current Club World Cup, a seven-team event played each December.

And after hearing Infantino's announcement on Friday, the ECA issued a statement saying its clubs would not participate in 2021.


The training was to gauge whether to use the technology at the tournament, with world football's governing body approving its use at a Fifa Council meeting in Miami on Friday. "It helps to give exposure and it helps to make clubs from other parts of the world to be more competitive, and to grow, and to learn from those great players that are now playing in Europe".

The FIFA president had hoped to get backing for a "pilot" edition of the new 24-team tournament in 2021 alongside a new worldwide Nations League for national teams.

The letter, sections of which were published in the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung says they are "firmly against any approval of a revised Club World Cup at this point in time and confirm that no ECA clubs would take part to such a competition". "We'll continue our discussions, but it's our responsibility today to take a decision and we have to deal with organization matters".

"If it happens, fantastic. If it doesn't happen - fantastic also".

The ECA says a decision on potential new competitions can only be made as part of an agreed framework for the global match calendar post-2024. The confederations would decide their own qualification process, whereas now each continental champion qualifies for the Club World Cup along with the host country.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) had expressed its interest to host the tournament in 2018, a year after the country successfully hosted the Under-17 Men's World Cup, which England won, beating Spain in the final.

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