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)

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.


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]


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]


  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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