Club World Cup could expand to 32-team tournament

The Club World Cup could expand to a 32-team summer tournament from 2019, according to plans unveiled by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

The current seven-team competition was introduced in 2000 to pit the champions of FIFA’s six continental confederations, plus the league title winners from the host nation.

However, the December-staged tournament has struggled to attract either viewers or sponsors, particularly as it clashes with European domestic competitions.

Infantino believes that by revamping the Club World Cup into a summer contest, it would be given fresh life and become more interesting for both teams and supporters.

“Today football is not just about Europe and South America, the world has changed and that's why we need to make the Club World Cup more interesting for teams, and also for fans around the world," Infantino said.

"That's what we're trying to do, by creating a tournament that is much more attractive than the current one, with more quality among participants and more clubs.

“That will attract more sponsors and television companies from around the world."

Japan hosts next month’s tournament, which includes Real Madrid and Colombian outfit Atletico Nacional.