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This is an amended FIFA Club World Cup designed to raise the profile of the tournament and bring more top teams into it without reducing it's level of exclusivity and legitimacy. The number of matches that teams play is kept to a minimum but the quality and significance of each match is improved.
Essentially, the tournament is played every two years, in a host nation selected each time. 10 teams automatically qualify for the group stage, the current and previous years' UEFA, CONMERBOL, CONACAF, CAF and AFC Champions*. The remaining 14 slots are filled by a qualifying round played the month before. The teams who qualify for the Qualifying round are as follow:
- Representative clubs from the top 20 FIFA-ranked nations, usually the current domestic league champions**.
- The Current and previous OFC Champions.
- Between 2-4 clubs from the Host nation, depending on the nation's continental reputation.
- A second club representative from the top ranked nations, in order.
The latter two points depend upon overlaps- so if Bayern win the Champions League and Bundesliga for example, a space is freed in the Qualifying round.
The group stage is 8 groups of three teams, and the winners of each progress to the knockout round, meaning the maximum number of matches any team can play is six. Clubs can win up to £30m in prize money alone, and are also eligible for a share of gate receipts and TV money.
One minor issue I can't seem to fix relates to host stadiums. Sometimes the whole tournament is played in one host stadium, rather than being spread across the host nation as it should be. If anyone knows how to fix this I can update the file.
This file should be compatible with any other editor file, including those with amended continental structures, provided the main existing competitions are retained. You can also edit it yourself, but be aware it's a bit of a botch because it doesn't amend the international qualification system, just overrides it. Will take trail and error to get right if you make major changes.
As a side note- although the nations from which clubs qualify for the preliminary round from are fixed, in real life this system might continuously adjust to take teams from the top 20 nations of the FIFA rankings in any given year. A dynamic qualification system like this might be possible to build using International rules in the editor but this database doesn't have that fluidity.
Therefore there is an incentive for clubs in nations with national teams close to that threshold to develop and support their national team wherever possible. For example, Fenerbache and Galatasaray in Turkey, Shaktar in Ukraine and Celtic in Scotland are strong enough to be competitive in a Club World Cup but the only way they can qualify is by winning the Champions League or for their nation to reach the top 20 of the FIFA rankings. This mechanism encourages clubs to prioritise and support domestic players and supports FIFA in emphasising the importance and relevance of the international game.
*If the last two years have been won by the same team, this year's runners up qualify.
**The most reputable Welsh side qualifies regardless of division. in the US, the US Cup is used rather than the MLS as Canadian sides can only qualify through the Champions League.
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