FIFA ready to pay clubs a record £290m for sending their players to the World Cup in 2026

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    FIFA will pay clubs $355 million for releasing players for the 2026 World Cup, an incredible 75 percent upgrade from Qatar last year. Under the Club Benefits Programme, initiated at the 2010 South Africa World Cup, FIFA compensates clubs around the globe for each day their players are away from the tournament.

    FIFA ready to pay clubs an incredible €290m

    After the 2022 World Cup, Manchester City profited the most among all the clubs, getting £4.5 million of the £169m pot FIFA distributed. All these sums are ready to be enhanced after FIFA and the European Club Association renewed their Memorandum of Understanding until December 31st, 2030, at a summit in Budapest. 

    The World Cup will be expanding from 32 to 48 nations and from 64 to 104 games from the 2026 tournament hosted in collaboration between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It has resulted in an increase in the compensation pot. 

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    The £290m Club Benefits Pot will be included in the 2030 World Cup. The governing authority of world football released a statement on Monday afternoon that read, 

    “The Club Benefits Programme, which compensates all clubs who release players for the men’s World Cup, will now increase from $209 million for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup to $335 million for the 2026 and 2030 announcements.”

    What did the President say about the new move?

    About the new agreement, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said, 

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    “This is a significant day for the future of football and its long-term stability. We are very happy to renew and strengthen our cooperation agreement with ECA, an important stakeholder representing clubs from all over Europe.” 

    The agreement looks interesting and seems to have a good impact on the upcoming World Cup and related policies.

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