UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Could a shakeup of the world football landscape be on the horizon?
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has reportedly floated the idea of a mini-World Cup.
The biennial tournament would feature eight national teams from five different continents and play out every odd year.
It would also presumably be the cherry on top of the planned rollout of the Nations League, which would operate much like domestic club leagues, but on a global scale.
UEFA kicks off its Nations League this September, but it’ll be the first football confederation to do so.
Infantino’s vision would also nix the Confederations Cup and expand the Club World Cup.
Reports suggest this complex shakeup could generate $25 billion over its first 12-year cycle, and all that money would be redistributed to FIFA’s member federations.
Nothing’s been finalized, but if FIFA Council approves it, the new mini-World Cup could start as early as 2021.