According to UEFA Vice President Zbigniew Boniek, the UEFA Nations League will expand to include 10 South American teams from the 2024 edition.
In a move that is seen as a clear opposition to FIFA’s plans to host the World Cup every two years, UEFA and CONMEBOL signed on Wednesday an “renewed and expanded memorandum of understanding to pledge the opening of the office.
It has already been confirmed that Italy will face Argentina in the first “Grand Final” between the Eurocup and US Cup winners on June 1, 2022 in London.
“This is the last UEFA Nations League in this format”, Boniek, the former president of the Polish Federation, said in an interview with Meczyki. “We have a meeting with CONMEBOL, a consortium of South American nations. From 2024, teams from this continent will compete.
“What will the format be? We’m still doing it. The tournament schedule for national teams is restricted, so you can not mix it up too much.”
Boniek pointed out that the top six ranked South American countries – Argentina, Brazil and mostly Colombia, Chile, Peru and Uruguay – would be included in League U of the UEFA Nations League. It will set up high-level matches against teams such as Spain, Germany, England and France, but could not be countered by South American nations competing in place of the UEFA Nations League international friendly matches.
The other four teams are Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Venezuela.
It is not clear how UEFA Since there will be 22 countries in League A and 20 countries in League B, there are currently 16 teams both to form four teams of four nations. All games are expected to take place in Europe to reduce travel.
The FIFA Has not yet set an international tournament schedule for 2024, but intends to host the World Cup every two years, Continental Tournaments Euro Cup In the middle. The UEFA And this CONMEBOL Like the major European leagues, they have already voiced their opposition to the plan, forcing FIFA to work together in their own competition using dates they would like to use for their own event instead.
By creating what many see as mini World Cup, Adding pressure FIFA, Which wants to establish its own Global League of Nations.