Florentino Pérez has been named president of the World Football Club Association (WFCA), according to an official statement from the new organisation. After settling on the Club World Cup being played in China in 2021, clubs from six different continents met at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich to discuss the new format of the competition. In the meeting, it was decided that a new organisation, the World Football Club Association, should be formed. Florentino Pérez was named as the first president of the organisation.
The organisation will be a platform to help foster dialogue between clubs and FIFA. The organisation’s first aim, according to the official statement, is to “make sure the FIFA Club World Cup will be an event where fans around the world can see the best teams playing the best football competing for the only worldwide club trophy”. It will also be a means to address issues that clubs face and exchange opinions with FIFA in a constructive way.
After this first meeting, the World Football Club Association will now look to invite other clubs in the hope of permanently representing all clubs who participate in the FIFA Club World Cup. The founding members of the WFCA are: Real Madrid (Spain), Milan (Italy), Auckland City (New Zealand), Boca Juniors (Argentina), River Plate (Argentina), America (Mexico), Guangzhou (China) and Mazembe (Congo).