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16 March 2019, 05:40 | Anna Jefferson
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"If the calendar is not modified, of course we can not agree". "We hope that all the best teams will participate and we've had some very positive discussions with Uefa". Infantino's push to expand the 2022 edition is being forced on hosts Qatar and will require significant changes to its plan.
Federation Internationale de Football Association said it was aware of concerns of "serious interference with critical matches" but added that members of its own task force "felt that it was feasible to play the Club World Cup" during that period. "If it doesn't happen - fantastic also".
Qatar is now embroiled in a bitter diplomatic dispute with fellow Gulf states Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE - meaning that the only realistic candidates to co-host the tournament are Kuwait and Oman. Like the men's under-17 World Cup, the women's edition, too, has to be held in October and November. "We have to analyse matters carefully and we are working closely with Qatar".
"We will move to the next stage, we will explore the possibility of who could potentially be hosting some of the Games in the Gulf regions", Infantino said.
According to a report from the Associated Press, the proposed expanded Club World Cup would be scheduled to take place in June 2021, in the slot where the Confederations Cup would have taken place. "This is important today because club football is evolving, is moving at a different pace in different parts of the world and it's our duty, our responsibility to make sure that we encourage professional club football all over the world".
The letter, sections of which were published in the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung says they are "firmly against any approval of a revised Club World Cup at this point in time and confirm that no ECA clubs would take part to such a competition". European club seasons typically start around mid-August.
Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu backs a revamp of the competition, just not until the entire calendar for club and national team matches is reconfigured for 2024 and beyond to cope. The top three teams from the AFC Under-16 Championship qualify for the Under-17 Women's World Cup.
"But it was our responsibility to take a decision because we have to deal with the organisational matters - it is only two years away".
Video review has been approved for the Women's World Cup, which runs from June 7 to July 7.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) had expressed its interest to host the tournament in 2018, a year after the country successfully hosted the Under-17 Men's World Cup, which England won, beating Spain in the final.
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