Interesting things happened in the latest meeting between some of the richest football honchos this week. Coming out of the FIFA congress that took place in Rwanda, details were revealed about one of the body's competitions, the new version of the Club World Cup. With the new qualifying criteria, PSG would have two ways to participate.
In 2025, PSG could participate in the first edition of the new Club World Cup. On Tuesday morning, in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, FIFA organized a congress to decide the new qualification criteria for their refurbished competition.
It is important to note that of the 32 teams that will take part in this international competition, 12-plus clubs will be European.
The winners of the Champions League editions of 2021 (Chelsea), 2022 (Real Madrid), 2023 (definitely not PSG), and 2024 (to be determined) will be included. The remaining eight teams will then be determined through the UEFA club coefficient rankings.
PSG will have 2 ways to qualify for the new Club World Cup
Considering the coefficient of this is calculated based on the performances in European competitions in the course of the five years prior to the tournament, this would be the most feasible way for PSG to qualify for future editions of the Club World Cup.
Taking the latest coefficient ranking as a reference, Paris would be in a good position to qualify. The Parisian club is solidly positioned in sixth place as things stand now.
PSG will still need to put in good performances on the European stage knowing that they will eventually lose points after their supreme 2019-20 (finalist) and 2020/2021 (semifinalist) campaigns as seasons keep passing and years past accolades fall off the equation.
The other way to access it automatically is by winning the Champions League in 2024, as PSG have already been eliminated from the 2023 edition.
A format similar to the World Cup
This new Club World Cup is entirely inspired by the international-level World Cup. Not only will it take place every four years, but it contains a group stage followed by the final knockout tournament.
It should be noted that each of the Champions League champions participating in this tournament will earn €28m just for their presence, an amount that could rise to €55m depending on performance.
And if you know something, it is that where there is money, there is the presence of PSG. Feel free to do the math.