FIFA CWC expansion raises player welfare fears

A 32-team Club World Cup (CWC) for clubs is FIFA’s big play to change the face of football. If successful, it could follow the English Premier League and Champions League as one of the most popular and lucrative sports competitions in the world, generating billions of dollars. Conversely, it could spark a backlash from players and coaches, who already complain about the congested match calendar. “I am not against new competitions, I am against the lack of time to recover year by year. This should change,” Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola said on Monday, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where his team is aiming to win the last Club World Cup before it is rebooted.