2021 FIFA Club World Cup

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2021 FIFA Club World Cup
Tournament details
Host countryTBD
Dates17 June – 4 July
Teams24 (from 6 confederations)
2018
2025

The 2021 FIFA Club World Cup will be the 16th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament contested by 24 clubs from the six continental confederations. The tournament will be the first under a new format and will take place from June to July 2021.[1]

Real Madrid are the defending champions, having won the previous three editions in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Background[edit]

As early as late 2016, FIFA President Gianni Infantino suggested an initial expansion of the Club World Cup to 32 teams beginning in 2019 and the reschedule to June/July to be more balanced and more attractive to broadcasters and sponsors.[2] In late 2017, FIFA discussed proposals to expand the competition to 24 teams and have it be played every four years by 2021, replacing the FIFA Confederations Cup.[3]

On 15 March 2016, the new format and schedule of Club World Cup was confirmed at the FIFA Council meeting in Miami, Florida, United States.[1] Following the international window from 31 May to 8 June 2021 (for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification and the 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals), the tournament will take place from 17 June to 4 July, replacing the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup. The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup will then be allotted a window from 5 to 31 July 2021 in the FIFA International Match Calendar.[4][5]

However, the European Club Association is opposed to the decision, proposing that European clubs boycott the new competition.[4]

Format[edit]

The tournament will feature 24 teams, which will be split into eight groups of three teams each. The winners of the eight groups will advance to the quarter-finals, which will use a knockout format to determine the champions.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "FIFA Council votes for the introduction of a revamped FIFA Club World Cup". FIFA.com. 15 March 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  2. ^ "FIFA boss suggests 32-team Club World Cup in 2019". CBC Sports. CBC. AP. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  3. ^ "FIFA considering 24-team Club World Cup to be played in summer". ESPN. AP. 31 October 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Fifa Club World Cup: Revised tournament approved despite top European clubs saying they will boycott". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 15 March 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  5. ^ Harris, Rob (13 March 2019). "FIFA wants 24-team Club World Cup in 2021". APNews.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 16 March 2019.

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