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FIFA task force holds first meeting over revamped Club World Cup, Global Nations League

Matildas' head coach Alen Stajcic believes the Women's World Cup is one of the most open it has been with a number of teams having a good chance of winning the tournament.

A task force set up to examine FIFA president Gianni Infantino's plans for a new Club World Cup and a Global Nations League held its first meeting on Sunday to look at possible formats, dates and slot allocations.

Infantino has proposed a revamped Club World Cup, which would be played every four years with up to 24 teams, while his Nations League would take the form of a mini World Cup with an eight-team final tournament every two years.

He has said that his plans are backed by an investment consortium...

Club World Cup plans to be examined by FIFA taskforce after UEFA opposition

FIFA has set up a task force to examine president Gianni Infantino's plans for a new Club World Cup and Global Nations League, a member of the FIFA Council told Reuters after a meeting on Friday.

Infantino's plans had been opposed by the major European club leagues.

"On the question of Club World Cup and the Nations League, we decided to build a task force to have more information, to share different views on this topic from club leagues and national associations," a member of the FIFA council,...

UEFA to walk out if FIFA forces vote on Club World Cup revamp - sources

UEFA's nine representatives on the FIFA Council will walk out of Friday's meeting and boycott proceedings if FIFA president Gianni Infantino forces a vote on his proposal to organize a fully fledged summer Club World Cup and a new Nations League-style tournament, sources told ESPN.

Last-ditch attempts at mediation were unsuccessful Thursday night, when Infantino met with the presidents of FIFA's six continental confederations ahead of the meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, according to sources familiar...

Club World Cup and global nations league on agenda at FIFA council meeting

Plans to revamp the Club World Cup and introduce a global nations league are back on the agenda at the next meeting of the FIFA Council on Friday.

The ruling council will meet in Kigali, Rwanda and president Gianni Infantino's plan for a new "mini-World Cup" and an expanded Club World Cup feature among the items for discussion according to the agenda document.

FIFA did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment and it was not clear if the plans will be put to a vote.


Real Madrid begin Club World Cup defence against Chivas or ACL winners

Real Madrid made quick work of Leganes, getting two goals from Karim Benzema to secure the victory and stay perfect.

Real Madrid will begin the defence of their Club World Cup title in the United Arab Emirates against either Mexican side, Chivas, or the winners of the 2018 Asian Champions League.

The Champions League winners will play their opening game, the semifinal, on Dec. 19 in Abu Dhabi at Zayed Sports City Stadium. The final takes place on Dec. 22 at the same venue.

Madrid have won the last three Club World Cups with Zinedine Zidane as their manager but it will be Julen Lopetegui's first venture into the...