2021 FIFA Club World Cup

The 2021 FIFA Club World Cup is scheduled to be the 18th 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 will be held in December 2021.

2021 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup 2021
Tournament details
Host countryTBD
DatesDecember 2021
Teams7 (from 6 confederations)
2020

Bayern Munich are the defending champions, but cannot defend their title after being eliminated in the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Host appointmentEdit

Originally, an expanded Club World Cup in China was planned to be held in June and July 2021.[1][2] However, due to fixture congestion caused by the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on football, the Tokyo Olympics, UEFA European Championship and Copa América were postponed from mid-2020 to mid-2021. As a result, FIFA announced in March 2020 that they would postpone the expanded Club World Cup to later in 2021, 2022 or 2023.[3][4]

On 4 December 2020, the FIFA Council announced that the Club World Cup, using the previous format, would be held in late 2021 and hosted by Japan.[5] However, on 8 September 2021, the Japan Football Association dropped its commitment to host the tournament, owing to the possibility of restrictions on fan attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan.[6][7]

Qualified teamsEdit

Location of teams of the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup
Team Confederation Qualification Qualified date Participation
Entering in the semi-finals
  TBD CONMEBOL Winners of the 2021 Copa Libertadores 27 November 2021
  Chelsea UEFA Winners of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League 29 May 2021 2nd (Previous: 2012)
Entering in the second round
  TBD AFC Winners of the 2021 AFC Champions League 27 November 2021
  Al Ahly CAF Winners of the 2020–21 CAF Champions League 17 July 2021 7th (Previous: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2020)
  TBD CONCACAF Winners of the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League 28 October 2021
Entering in the first round
  Auckland City OFC Nominated by OFC[note 1] 3 August 2021 10th (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  TBD TBD Winners of the host's national league TBD

Teams in contentionEdit

AFC berthEdit

Winners of the 2021 AFC Champions League

Teams qualified for the quarter-finals

CONCACAF berthEdit

Winners of the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League

Teams qualified for the final

CONMEBOL berthEdit

Winners of the 2021 Copa Libertadores

Teams qualified for the semi-finals

Host berthEdit

TBD

Notes

  1. ^ On 4 June 2021, the OFC announced that the 2021 OFC Champions League had been cancelled due to border closures throughout the Pacific caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and no champions would be awarded.[8] The OFC representative at the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup, which would have originally been the winners of the 2021 OFC Champions League, was confirmed to be Auckland City by the OFC on 3 August 2021. The team was chosen by the OFC Executive Committee based on sporting merit principles, which used an overall ranking which took into consideration the final placing of each OFC Champions League between 2016 and 2020, and applied to the clubs nominated by their member association to qualify for the 2021 OFC Champions League.[9]

MatchesEdit

First round Second round Semi-finals Final
 December –                        
 Host     December –        
   Auckland City        First round winner  
December –
   Second round entrant[B]      
 Second round winner  
     Semi-finals entrant[C]    
December –
 Semi-finals winner  
December –
   Semi-finals winner  
 Second round entrant[B]  
December –
 Second round entrant[B]      
 Second round winner  
Fifth place Third place
     Semi-finals entrant[C]    
 Second round loser    Semi-finals loser  
 Second round loser    Semi-finals loser  
December – December –

Notes

  1. ^ a b c
    To be determined based on draw (AFC /   Al Ahly /   CONCACAF).
  2. ^ a b
    To be determined based on draw (CONMEBOL /   Chelsea).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Harris, Rob (13 March 2019). "FIFA wants 24-team Club World Cup in 2021". APNews.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "FIFA Council unanimously appoints China PR as hosts of new Club World Cup in 2021". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Statement from the FIFA President". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Bureau of the FIFA Council decisions concerning impact of COVID-19". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 18 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  5. ^ "FIFA Council passes landmark reforms for female players and coaches, agrees further steps in COVID-19 response". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 December 2020. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Update on FIFA Club World Cup 2021". FIFA. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  7. ^ hermesauto (8 September 2021). "Asian Youth Games in China postponed to 2022 owing to virus; Japan drops 2021 Club World Cup". The Straits Times. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  8. ^ "OFC competitions calendar rescheduled". Oceania Football Confederation. 4 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Auckland City nominated for the FIFA Club World Cup 2021". Oceania Football Confederation. 3 August 2021.

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