Get ready for the biggest football event ever seen! The United States, Canada, and Mexico will jointly host the 2026 World Cup, which will feature 48 nations and a whopping 104 matches. As always, FIFA will pay clubs for each day their players are away at the tournament, compensating them for releasing their star players. In fact, the compensation pot will be a record £290m, which is a 75% increase from last time.
Man City raked in most profits from the Club Benefits Programme at the last World Cup, receiving a whopping £4.5m from the £169m pot distributed by FIFA. However, clubs can expect even higher levels of compensation at the next World Cup. As a result of renewing their Memorandum of Understanding through December 31, 2030, FIFA and the European Club Association have increased the Club Benefits pot to £290m for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups. The extra funds will compensate clubs for releasing their players for the tournament and will skyrocket as the tournament expands.
The Premier League champions had a total of 16 players representing nine different countries in Qatar, with Argentina’s Julian Alvarez lifting the trophy. Other clubs that will receive compensation include Barcelona, Manchester United, and Chelsea, among others. So mark your calendars and get ready for this year’s biggest event in the world of football.
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