European Club Association have struck a landmark deal with FIFA, where the footballing body will pay $355 million for clubs to send players to World Cup competitions.
By India Today Sports Desk: FIFA will be paying close to Rs 3000 crore to European football clubs who will send their players for the football World Cups in 2026 and 2030. European Club Association chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi confirmed of the developments on Monday, 27 March and called it a landmark agreement.
News agency Reuters reported that the fee had been hiked nearly 70 per cent than the last deal and FIFA will be paying $355 million instead of $209 million that they did for the 2018 and 2022 competitions.
The deal has been struck under the Club Benefits Programme which affords clubs a share of national team competition revenues in return for releasing players and also protects clubs in case their players are injured on international duty.
“The MoU recognises the central role of clubs in football globally and ensures that they are properly represented in decision making around issues which affect them,” amd ECA statement said on Monday.
Earlier this month, FIFA had announced a 32-team Club World Cup will be played every four years from June 2025, replacing its annual competition which featured seven teams.
The decision was met with opposition from leagues such as Spain’s LaLiga but the MoU will now have both FIFA and the ECA working together on its various sporting and commercial aspects for the 2025 edition.
“FIFA and ECA will also now establish closer working practices on a future new Club World Cup… and working together on future editions including on potential structures for managing the commercial rights going forward.”
FIFA also announced a newly structured international calendar which its president Gianni Infantino said had been endorsed by the ECA.
“To have the new International Match Calendar endorsed by ECA provides the necessary balance between club and national team football,” Infantino said.
“We have exciting projects ahead, including the new FIFA Club World Cup in 2025 and the new FIFA women’s Club World Cup. A close collaboration with clubs in Europe, and the rest of the world, will be essential for the success of those events.”