UEFA are collaborating with CONMEBOL on forming new-look Nations League involving TEN South American sides from 2024… with both associations opposed to FIFA’s controversial biennial World Cup plans
- UEFA and CONMEBOL signed renewed Memorandum of Understanding in week
- Wembley will host event between Euros and Copa America winners in June
- But a joint Nations League is now being considered as the next possible event
- They continue to oppose FIFA’s controversial plans to hold biennial World Cup
UEFA are in talks with their South American counterparts CONMEBOL about creating a new-look Nations League from 2024.
The two football associations signed a renewed and extended Memorandum of Understanding this week, which saw them commit to co-operating and organising football events until June 2028.
As revealed earlier this week, Wembley is on course to host the first edition of a new intercontinental event between the champions of Europe and South America, the first event planned between the duo.
UEFA are in talks with their South American counterparts CONMEBOL about creating a new-look Nations League
Wembley will host the first edition of a new event between the champions of Europe and South America
Euro 2020 winners Italy and Copa America champions Argentina will therefore meet on June 1 in London, but a joint Nations League is now being considered as the next possible event.
‘This is the last UEFA Nations League in this format,’ UEFA vice-president Zbigniew Boniek said in an interview with Polish outlet Meczyki.
‘We had a meeting with CONMEBOL, the confederation of South American countries. From 2024, teams from this continent will join the competition.
‘In what format will it be? We’re still working on it. The schedule of matches for the national teams is restricted so you can’t mix it up too much.’
But the likes of Argentina and Brazil could then appear in the Nations League from 2024
Zbigniew Boniek confirmed upcoming Nations League will be the last in the current format
However, Boniek did hint that six CONMEBOL teams will join League A of the Nations League and another four will join League B.
That would see an increase from the current 16 teams in both groups to 22 and 20. respectively. Europe will also reportedly play host to the fixtures to avoid an overwhelming amount of travel for players and staff.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson told Reuters: ‘UEFA is working on a number of projects with CONMEBOL, including a joint Nations League but nothing is finalised and no decisions have yet been made.’
UEFA and CONMEBOL continue to oppose FIFA’s controversial plans to hold the World Cup every two years, and this innovative idea between the two associations would appear to challenge the world governing body’s proposals further.
Boniek did hint that six CONMEBOL teams will join League A of the Nations League
Speaking about FIFA’s biennial proposals in September, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: ‘It might be good for Uefa financially but the problem is we would be killing football like that,’ he said.
‘We are killing the players. I don’t see the clubs allowing the players to go and that would divide us completely.
‘I have spoken to Zvonimir Boban [the former Croatia international, now Uefa’s chief of football] and he has said players are not fully recovered from a World Cup or Euros until the November. Imagine that happens every year?’
Both associations continue to oppose FIFA’s controversial plans to hold biennial World Cup
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