According to a senior ECA official, environmental concerns raise doubts about the feasibility of expanding top football competitions.

Major football competitions face a questionable future as environmental concerns continue to grow, according to a senior executive in the European Clubs’ Association (ECA). The comments came as the ECA concluded a two-day general meeting in Budapest that saw an agreement with world governing body FIFA confirming a range of new competitions, including a 32-team Club World Cup every four years from 2025, the Intercontinental Cup and a women’s Club World Cup. Meanwhile, the World Cup will increase to 48 teams from 2026, while the Champions League will grow to 36 teams from 2024. ECA chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi rejected the idea that clubs don’t care about the environment, while CEO Charlie Marshall said awareness and education are crucial to help clubs to reduce their environmental footprint.

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