FIFA will reportedly replace the Confederations Cup in 2021 with a new Club World Cup in China, consisting of 24 teams.
According to Mundo Deportivo and Gazzetta dello Sport, the tournament will be played in the second half of June every four years, in place of the Confederations Cup.
It would be marketed as a club version of the World Cup, while teams would qualify through their confederation competitions.
The 24 sides in this ‘Super Club World Cup’ would be distributed in eight groups of three, the winners of which would reach the knockout stages.
In principle, there would be 12 European clubs, five South American, two African, two Asian and two North American.
A solution is also being sought for Oceania to have a representative, with a playoff against a team from another confederation being speculated.
The 12 European clubs would be the four preceding winners of the Champions League, the four preceding finalists and the four others with the best UEFA coefficient.
However, it remains to be seen whether the format would affect the current Club World Cup, which is contested at the end of each year between the winners of six confederation competitions and a club representing the host nation.
The Confederations Cup, meanwhile, is essentially an international edition of the Club World Cup and held every year before a World Cup.