The Khalifa Stadium in Doha would likely host fixtures in the proposed 'Dream Football League'
World football could be about to experience a major shake-up with the potential introduction of the "Dream Football League" (DFL), according to The Times.
Backed by the Qatari royal family, the proposed DFL would host 24 teams every two years in an audacious attempt to rival the Champions League and the Club World Cup and, in the process, offer enormous financial rewards for the participating teams.
The burgeoning competition - the first instalment of which could happen as early as 2015 - could be regarded as a threat to both FIFA and UEFA, but marks another step forward for Qatar to be recognised as a growing super-power in world football after being handed the rights for the 2022 World Cup finals in 2010.
The DFL could potentially entice a number of clubs to participate, with organisers expected to offer in the region of £175 million for elite clubs such as Barcelona and Manchester United to compete every two-year cycle.
The money being discussed on offer in the DFL casts a long shadow over the world's top competitions; the Champions League has an annual prize fund of £595 million, with last season's winner Chelsea netting £47.3 million.
It would also help many of Europe's wealthiest clubs overcome UEFA's new "financial fair play" regulations.
However, it remains to be seen which clubs have been targeted by the new league, with the DFL hoping to have 16 "permanent" teams, with a further eight global clubs competing on an invitational basis.
But DFL organisers are said to be targeting the Premier League as a major source of contenders, with the league rumoured to be eyeing at least four of England's top clubs.
Officials for UEFA, the Premier League and clubs likely to be involved have so far not commented on the reports, but The Times quotes a source close to the proposed project as saying: "These people have already shown that, if they want something to happen, they will throw enough money at it to make it happen. And the football industry has shown that everything can be bought for the right price."
Source : ESPN