FIFA to pay clubs $209 million for World Cup 'collaboration'
By Brian Homewood
ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA has announced a threefold increase in the amount of money it pays as part of a collaboration agreement with clubs who release players for the World Cup and the ruling body will hand out $209 million (141.75 million pounds) in both 2018 and 2022.
Clubs will also be given a greater say in drawing up the international match calendar, which allocates the dates for club and national team matches, following the agreement between FIFA and the European Clubs' Association (ECA).
The move appeared to placate the European clubs who had said they would demand compensation if the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was staged in November and December.
Those dates, which will force the European season to be stopped for nearly two months, were confirmed by FIFA during an executive committee meeting on Thursday, with the final to be staged on Dec. 18.
"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," FIA said in a statement on Friday.
"A total of $209 million will be distributed among the clubs releasing players to the participating teams in the 2018 FIFA World Cup (in Russia)," FIFA added.
"The same amount has been agreed for the 22nd edition to be staged in Qatar in 2022."
A total of $70 million was distributed to clubs who released players for last year's World Cup in Brazil. Continued...