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Fifa and ECA planning joint venture to commercialise Club World Cup

ECA chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi with Fifa president Gianni Infantino

Football's world governing body Fifa and the European Club Association (ECA) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which proposes the creation of a joint venture to pursue the commercialisation of the planned 32-team Fifa Club World Cup.

The two organisations signed the MoU, which will run until December 31, 2030, at the 29th ECA General Assembly in Budapest, Hungary. They also agreed an increase in clubs’ World Cup release fees from $209m to $355m for the 2026 and 2030 tournaments, and pledged to work together to protect the existing international calendar.

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