Infantino: Women's Club World Cup coming soon
Soccer - 06 May 2021
Gianni Infantino, the president of soccer's international governing body Fifa, has claimed a Women’s Club World Cup tournament will be a reality in the near future.
Infantino has previously talked up the prospect of such a tournament, which would complement the men's edition that brings together clubs that have won continental competitions such as the Uefa Champions League.
Speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe, Infantino said: “My dream is to see the birth of the very first Women's Club World Cup. It’s coming very soon. And it will really revolutionise women's soccer.”
A Women's Club World Cup would enable the winners of Uefa's Women’s Champions League to go up against the champions of USA's National Women's Soccer League.
The Women's Champions League has developed significantly in recent years, with income from broadcasting and sponsorship also on the rise.
The men’s Club World Cup currently features the champions of the six soccer-playing continents, as well as the host nation champion, but is due for a revamp soon, with a new version of the tournament to include 24 teams, including eight from just one continent (Europe), in a move Fifa hopes will make it a major revenue generator.
The first version of this expanded tournament was scheduled to take place in China in June and July this year, but was postponed as the global coronavirus pandemic forced the European Championships and South America's Copa America to be delayed by 12 months from their original slots last year.
On the enlarged tournament, Infantino said: "This new competition will eventually become the best club event in the world… It will offer a real possibility for clubs from all regions to reach the highest level.”