2020 FIFA Club World Cup
|FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020|
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كأس العالم للأندية لكرة القدم قطر 2020
|City||Al Rayyan (Doha)|
|Dates||4–11 February 2021|
|Teams||6 (from 5 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 1 host city)|
The 2020 FIFA Club World Cup is scheduled to be the 17th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament between the winners of the six continental confederations, as well as the host nation's league champions. The tournament is scheduled to be hosted by Qatar.
The event was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the AFC, CONMEBOL, and CONCACAF champions would not have been decided in time for the tournament. Originally to be held in December 2020, on 17 November of the same year FIFA announced that the competition would be played between 1 and 11 February 2021.
Originally seven teams were to compete in the tournament. However, OFC's representatives Auckland City withdrew due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related quarantine measures required by the New Zealand authorities. As a result, only six teams would compete, and the first round match, originally scheduled on 1 February 2021, was cancelled, with their first round opponents, host Qatar's representatives Al-Duhail, advancing automatically to the second round on 4 February 2021.
With proposals for an expanded Club World Cup, FIFA delayed the announcement of a host. On 28 May 2019, FIFA announced that the 2019 and 2020 tournament host would be appointed at the FIFA Council meeting in Paris, France on 3 June 2019.
Qatar was appointed as the host for the 2019 and 2020 tournaments on 3 June 2019, serving as test events ahead of their hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The tournament will retain its original format ahead of the revamp in 2021.
|Team||Confederation||Qualification||Qualified date||Participation (bold indicates winners)|
|Entering in the semi-finals|
|Bayern Munich||UEFA||Winners of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League||23 August 2020||2nd (Previous: 2013)|
|TBD||CONMEBOL||Winners of the 2020 Copa Libertadores||30 January 2021|
|Entering in the second round|
|Al Ahly||CAF||Winners of the 2019–20 CAF Champions League||27 November 2020||6th (Previous: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013)|
|Ulsan Hyundai||AFC||Winners of the 2020 AFC Champions League||19 December 2020||2nd (Previous: 2012)|
|UANL||CONCACAF||Winners of the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League||22 December 2020||1st|
|Entering in the first round|
|Al-Duhail||AFC (Hosts)||Winners of the 2019–20 Qatar Stars League||27 September 2020[note 1]||1st|
||OFC||Nominated by OFC[note 3]||19 November 2020||10th (planned) (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)|
- Al-Duhail won the 2019–20 Qatar Stars League on 21 August 2020. Their participation was officially confirmed on 27 September 2020 after Al-Sadd became the last team from Qatar to be eliminated from the 2020 AFC Champions League.
- On 15 January 2021, FIFA announced that Auckland City had withdrawn from the competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related quarantine measures required by the New Zealand authorities.
- On 4 September 2020, the Oceania Football Confederation announced that the knockout stage of the 2020 OFC Champions League was cancelled due to the border and travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and no champions would be awarded. The OFC representative at the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup, which would have originally been the winners of the 2020 OFC Champions League, was confirmed to be Auckland City on 19 November 2020. The team was chosen by the OFC Executive Committee based on the principles within the competition regulations of the OFC Champions League, which established a ranking of each team after the group stage, where Auckland City were ranked first.
Teams in contention
Winners of the 2020 Copa Libertadores
Teams qualified for the final
|Ahmed bin Ali Stadium||Education City Stadium|
|Capacity: 40,000||Capacity: 40,000|
A third stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, would originally host two matches, but following the withdrawal of Auckland City and the subsequent revision of match schedule, it would not be used for the tournament.
|Confederation||Referees||Assistant referees||Video assistant referees|
|AFC||Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed||Khamis Al-Marri|
|CAF||Maguette N'Diaye||Rédouane Jiyed|
|CONCACAF||Mario Escobar||Drew Fischer|
Each team has to name a 23-man squad (three of whom must be goalkeepers). Injury replacements are allowed until 24 hours before the team's first match.
The match schedule was announced on 23 December 2020, with a revised schedule with change of venues announced on 18 January 2021. The draw of the tournament was held on 19 January 2021, 16:00 CET (UTC+1), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland, to decide the matchups of the second round (between the first round winner and teams from AFC, CAF and CONCACAF), and the opponents of the two second round winners in the semi-finals (against teams from CONMEBOL and UEFA). At the time of the draw, the identity of the CONMEBOL team was not known.
If a match is tied after normal playing time:
- For elimination matches, extra time is played. If still tied after extra time, a penalty shoot-out is held to determine the winner.
- For the matches for fifth place and third place, no extra time is played, and a penalty shoot-out is held to determine the winner.
|First round||Second round||Semi-finals||Final|
|1 February – Ahmed bin Ali|
|Al-Duhail||w/o||4 February – Education City|
|8 February – Ahmed bin Ali|
|Winners Match 3|
|11 February – Education City|
|Winners Match 6|
|4 February – Ahmed bin Ali|
|Winners Match 5|
|7 February – Education City|
|Fifth place||Third place|
|Winners Match 2|
|Losers Match 2||Losers Match 6|
|Losers Match 3||Losers Match 5|
|7 February – Ahmed bin Ali||11 February – Education City|
Match for fifth place
Match for third place
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