>> FIFA wants to stage what amounts to a mini World Cup every two years. The ambitious plan would feature the top eight international soccer teams. The so-called final eight would be the result of a proposed Global Nations League competition, and big money is at play. FIFA believe it could all be worth $25 billion over a 12-year cycle.
Reuters has seen the letter that suggests a new tournament could be played in October or November of every odd year starting 2021. FIFA's head, Gianni Infantino, has overseen an expansion drive, including the enlargement of the existing World Cup from 32 to 48 teams, starting 2026.>>
But the latest venture could lead to criticism that FIFA is complicating international soccer and devaluing its flagship World Cup.
Regional soccer bodies could also take issue with a busier calendar, even if, as FIFA says, football associations stand to make millions. Not to mention top global clubs who may not want to release their players for more international games.