Barcelona are in danger of missing out on the new Club World Cup being organised by FIFA. World football's governing body will release details of the new competition this Thursday. It will take place in the summer of 2021 and will feature 24 teams. It will then be played in four-year cycles. The first tournament will take place in China.
Europe will have eight places and at the moment Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are guaranteed a spot as recent winners of the Champions League and the Europa League respectively. Barcelona are obliged to win at least one of the title in the next two years to take part in the competition, according to AS and Marca.
However, there's also the possibility of FIFA handing wild cards to clubs to allow them to take part in the Club World Cup, although that option has many detractors. A final decision on that could be taken in Thursday's meeting. Supposedly FIFA will press so that teams like Barça don't miss out.
The new competition will be played between June 17 and July 4 of 2021 and will feature the Champions League and Europa League winners from the four previous seasons (eight teams). South America will add six teams, while Africa, Asia and CONCACAF will each have three spots, with one place reserved for Oceanía.