CHELSEA are in line for a large £50million money enhance – after Fifa confirmed the Blues have certified for the primary expanded model of the Membership World Cup.
World chiefs assembly in Rwanda agreed the qualification format for the 32-team occasion, beginning in 2025 and prone to be held in China.
Europe has been given the most important share with 12 slots with Fifa’s ruling Council agreeing that qualification would run over the 4 yr cycle from the 2020-21 to 2023-24 seasons.
It means the 4 Champions League winners over these seasons, plus the following eight main sides on Uefa’s four-year coefficient rankings system, will earn berths for the money-laden new competitors.
Chelsea’s 2021 Remaining win over Manchester Metropolis means they’re now assured a spot, alongside Actual Madrid, to be joined by the following two winners of Europe’s greatest prize.
No nation can have greater than two locations via the coefficient desk however because it stands Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis would qualify.
Nevertheless, if Liverpool miss out on a European spot for subsequent season, that may open the door for Manchester United to switch them by reaching the knock-out stage of the Champions League.
Fifa can be revamping its present smaller model of the Membership World Cup, which is able to proceed to be performed yearly however rebranded and with the Champions League winner routinely via to the Remaining.
World chiefs additionally lastly agreed the “Worldwide Match Calendar” dates for worldwide qualifiers to begin in 2025.
It’ll imply a four-match and 16-day window for video games stretching between late September and early October from 2026, slightly than the present two separate breaks.
9 day breaks, for 2 matches, will proceed to be held in March, June and November, which means 10 worldwide video games exterior of tournaments per yr.
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In the meantime, recalled Chelsea left-back Marc Cucurella hopes to revive his Spain profession too.
Cucurella hopes to tackle Erling Haaland’s Norway within the opening Euro 2024 qualifier on Saturday, March 25.