PREMIER LEAGUE giants Chelsea and Liverpool are set to feature in the Fifa Club World Cup in China in 2021 as part of a tournament revamp.
Fifa have created a new 24-team tournament scheduled for 2021, running from June till July, with China being awarded the hosting rights, according to the New York Times.
The decision to stage the tournament there will be announced on Friday in Shanghai after it is decided in a vote of Fifa’s governing council at its quarterly meeting.
Once final plans have been finalised, the new event will replace the unpopular Confederations Cup, that recently had acted as a tuneup for World Cup hosts.
And like the World Cup, Europe will have more teams competing in the event than Fifa’s other five regional confederations.
Europe will have eight places in the 24-team field, while South America, with six, has the next largest allotment.
The remainder would qualify from the other regional confederations, including three from CONCACAF.
It is understood Fifa president Gianni Infantino had wanted to include 12 European teams in the inaugural event, but on request of UEFA it was reduced.
The top two European competitions – the Champions League and the Europa League – would make up two of the eight allocated slots over each four year period.
Along with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea would also be included.
Fifa president Infantino claims the tournament will eventually gain a competitive edge thanks to the reforms.
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He said: “Now the world will see a real Club World Cup where fans will see the best teams in the world compete to be crowned the real world champions.
“We hope that all the best teams will participate and we’ve had some very positive discussions with Uefa.
“But it was our responsibility to take a decision because we have to deal with the organisational matters – it is only two years away.”