Running until the end of 2030, this agreement includes a renewed commitment by clubs to adhere to the International Match Calendar, which received the unanimous approval of the FIFA Council on March the 14th. “To have the new International Match Calendar endorsed by ECA provides the necessary balance between club and national team football. We have exciting projects ahead, including the new FIFA Club World Cup in 2025 and the new FIFA Women`s Club World Cup. A close collaboration with clubs in Europe, and the rest of the world, will be essential for the success of those events”, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said.
ECA clubs have indeed confirmed their support for the new FIFA Club World Cup from 2025, including 12 European clubs, a yearly game between the winner of the UEFA Champions League and the winner of an intercontinental play-off, and a FIFA Women’s Club World Cup to be created.
Moreover, according to this agreement, the Club Benefits Programme, compensating all clubs who release players for the men’s World Cup, will increase from $209 million for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups to $355 million for the 2026 and 2030 editions. “The MoU recognizes the central role of clubs in football globally and ensures that they are properly represented in decision-making around issues which affect them. […] We look forward to working closely with FIFA over the coming months and years to ensure that the benefits of new and expanded competitions in both men’s and women’s football are properly shared across the ecosystem”, ECA Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi added.