Clubs To Earn N42bn For Sending Players To The World Cup

Fifa has tripled the amount it will pay to clubs that release players for the next two World Cup tournaments to the tune of £142m (US$209, N42.3bn), the football’s governing body announced on Friday.

This is an improvement in collaboration between Fifa and the European Clubs’ Association (ECA), established ahead of the 2010 finals in South Africa. The pact is aimed at strengthening the ties between international and club football.

Under the current deal, which was in operation at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, clubs received a total sum of £47m (US$70m, N14bn) from the benefits generated from each tournaments.

The revamped deal covers the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 22 Edition of the football showpiece, slated for Nov/Dec in Qatar four years later.

Messi Scored Four and Made One Goal in His Third World Cup Tournament. Image: Fifa via Getty Image.
Messi Scored Four and Made One Goal in His Third World Cup Tournament. Image: Fifa via Getty Image.

“FIFA and the European Club Association (ECA) are pleased to announce an extension to their collaboration agreement, which was established for the first time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Fifa said in a statement on Friday.

“A total of USD 209 million will be distributed among the clubs releasing players to the participating teams in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The same amount has been agreed for the 22nd edition to be staged in Qatar in 2022.

“The agreement puts the emphasis on fundamental principles such as the promotion of training and player development as well as the sporting integrity of the competitions, in the interests of the game and its appeal to the public.”

The move appears to pacify the European clubs who had demanded compensation following the proposal of a 2022 winter tournament. European football season is expected to be halted for nearly 60 days during the Qatar World Cup.

Fifa has also confirmed at the just concluded maiden executive committee meeting of 2015 that the 2022 World Cup final will take place on December 18.

The ECA added: “These payments will benefit clubs from around the world who release World Cup players to their respective national associations. From an ECA perspective, this agreement is a great achievement. It marks another milestone for club football as a whole.”

Fifa uses a complex formula to share part of the income generated from the World Cup to clubs who release players to participating teams, depending on the amount of players and the number of days they spent away from their professional employers.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said: “We are taking a huge step forward in promoting relations between FIFA and the clubs in a spirit of mutual and constructive cooperation.”

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