FIFA ready for World Cup VAR controversy

13 April, 2018, 01:45 | Author: Clint Gray
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Poland were the biggest losers amongst the top 10 ranked teams as they lost four places to drop down to 10th.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is reportedly planning to make changes to the Club World Cup by expanding the competition from seven teams to 24 and staging it every four years starting from 2021 in a major adjustment to the football calendar.

Infantino admits the system is not foolproof but, in a piece in April's edition of the Federation Internationale de Football Association magazine, he said: "I am sure that soon we will reach a stage in which VARs are part and parcel of the game and its flow". You wish to do some thing that people like... there are companies that are interested and that's a good sign that there is interest.

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Within its World Cup group, Russian Federation ranks third behind Uruguay and Egypt at 17th and 46th place respectively, and just above Saudi Arabia in 70th place.

The Club World Cup is an annual competition that sees seven clubs, usually winners of their continental tournaments, compete in a knock-out event.

It would involve new global tournaments and a sport less dominated by Europe. Iran leads the Asian teams at No 36.

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Infantino is looking to enhance FIFA's income to fulfill promises he left during his electoral campaign of larger funding for its 21-1 member institutions.

A 24-team Club World Cup would feature 12 clubs from Europe.

On Thursday, FIFA was handed a formal request from CONMEBOL for the new 48-team format to be brought forward to the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

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