220 of Europe’s top Football clubs have reportedly expressed their opposition today to FIFA’s plans to expand the current 32 team World Cup to 48 teams.
The European Club Association, which features local clubs Manchester City and Manchester United, spoke out against the proposals on Thursday stating the number of games already played in a year is at an “unacceptable level”.
Chairman of the ECA, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, said “In the interest of the fans and the players, we urge FIFA not to increase the number of participants”.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino, whom had previously floated ideas for a 48 team tournament, has laid a “blueprint” which would see the 2026 World Cup feature an extra 16 squads yet retain the current maximum number of seven World Cup Games per team.
A meeting will be held on 9 January with FIFA’s council to discuss the proposals.