European Football Clubs Seal FIFA Deal to Increase World Cup Revenue

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European soccer clubs fixed another functioning concurrence with FIFA on Monday in the wake of getting a 70% expansion in their portion of World Cup incomes for the 2026 and 2030 competitions.

The European Club Association said that it renewed its working agreement with FIFA until 2030. This could also mean that clubs will have a say in how commercial deals are handled for the new Club World Cup, which will start in 2025.

Clubs from around the world will share $355 million of FIFA’s income from each of the next two editions of the men’s World Cup in a provision of the agreement. FIFA anticipated earning at least $11 billion between 2023 and 26.

Clubs shared $209 million from the tournaments in 2018 and 2022, paying players a daily rate for time spent away from home with their national teams.

On the sidelines of the ECA’s biannual assembly in Budapest, Hungary, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed. It was arranged by Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, the Qatari president of Paris Saint-Germain, and ECA chairman Nasser al-Khelafi.

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Clubs should be required to adhere to the FIFA-managed schedule of national team games and tournaments as a result of the agreement, which promises some stability in the often-volatile world of soccer politics.

At meetings in Rwanda two weeks ago, FIFA confirmed and extended the calendar that specifies when clubs must release players who are selected for national team squads.

Beginning in 2025, FIFA and the ECA will collaborate on a revamped 32-team Club World Cup that will be held every four years. With 12 European teams participating, securing cooperation with Europe was crucial to its launch.