FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed an international football event every two years, preferably to be called Mini World Cup. The tournament will feature eight international teams that would be played in every October and/or November of every odd year starting from 2021. The tournament would be the climax of a proposed global Nations League competition, part of an ambitious plan to reform international football which FIFA believes could be worth $25 billion in a 12-year cycle.
The plan was sent by Infantino to the members of FIFA’s decision-making Council through a written communication that is waiting for the final approval. The new competition would run parallel to existing international tournaments such as the European Championship, Copa America, and African Nations Cup, plus the World Cup qualifying stages. However, the Confederations Cup, currently staged every four years in a year before the World Cup, would be abolished.
Similar competitions is already been set up in European and American continents. European soccer body UEFA and its counterpart for North and Central America and the Caribbean, CONCACAF, have started contests in their own continents that involve all the national teams in their respective regions who are divided into divisions based on their rankings. UEFA’s inaugural competition will begin in September 2018.