FIFA President Gianni Infantino has announced a new Women’s Club World Cup competition is coming, as the global football body looks to have greater influence over club football.
Although there is no start date in place, the Women’s Club World Cup is set to happen in the coming years, representing a women’s game equivalent to a competition that existed in men’s football since 2000.
In the men’s game, the Club World Cup has traditionally been contested by seven teams from six confederations, presenting clashes like UEFA’s Champions League winners facing off against the champions of CONMEBOL’s Copa Libertadores.
While there’s no details as of yet about what the structure of a Women’s Club World Cup would look like, it presents the likelihood of teams from the USA’s National Women’s Soccer League playing against WSL teams competitively for the first time.
These announcements were shared at the same time as FIFA’s decision to expand the existing men’s Club World Cup competition to include 32 of the best teams in the world from 2025 – a move the world’s football governing body has wanted to carry out for quite some time in an effort to create a ‘domestic’ competition that can compete with the UEFA Champions League.
Alongside the introduction of a Women’s Club World Cup, a new FIFA Futsal Women’s World Cup was announced as well FIFA’s endorsement to expand the number of nations entered into the Olympic Games from 12 women’s football teams to 16.
Despite limited information surrounding the formation of these new women’s football competitions, a question around the already congested football calendar needs to be asked.
With players in the midst of a five year back-to-back international tournament cycle courtesy of COVID postponements, and some of the game’s star individuals like Alexia Putellas, Beth Mead, Christen Press and now Vivianne Miedema already sidelined due to injuries, it remains to be seen whether adding another competition to their workload is the right way to push the women’s game forward.