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|FIFA Club World Cup 2021|
|Dates||3–12 February 2022|
|Teams||7 (from 6 confederations)|
The 2021 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 presented by Alibaba Cloud for sponsorship reasons) 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 from 3 to 12 February 2022 in the United Arab Emirates.
Originally, an expanded Club World Cup in China was planned to be held in June and July 2021. 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.
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. 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. Numerous countries expressed interest in hosting the tournament as bidding was reopened, including Brazil, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. On 20 October 2021, the FIFA Council announced the United Arab Emirates as the host of the tournament, and postponed the event from late 2021 to early 2022.
|Entering in the semi-finals|
|Palmeiras||CONMEBOL||Winners of the 2021 Copa Libertadores||27 November 2021||2nd (Previous: 2020)|
|Chelsea||UEFA||Winners of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League||29 May 2021||2nd (Previous: 2012)|
|Entering in the second round|
|Al Hilal||AFC||Winners of the 2021 AFC Champions League||23 November 2021||2nd (Previous: 2019)|
|Al Ahly||CAF||Winners of the 2020–21 CAF Champions League||17 July 2021||7th (Previous: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2020)|
|Monterrey||CONCACAF||Winners of the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League||28 October 2021||5th (Previous: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2019)|
|Entering in the first round|
|Auckland City||OFC||Nominated by OFC||3 August 2021||10th (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)|
|Al Jazira||AFC (Hosts)||Winners of the 2020–21 UAE Pro League||20 October 2021||2nd (Previous: 2017)|
The matches are set to be played at two venues in the city of Abu Dhabi, which both hosted matches at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
|Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium||Al Nahyan Stadium|
|Capacity: 37,500||Capacity: 15,000|
- Main article: 2021 FIFA Club World Cup squads
Each team has to name a 23-man squad (three of whom must be goalkeepers). Injury replacements were allowed until 24 hours before the team's first match.
The draw of the tournament was held on 29 November 2021, 17:00 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).
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.
|3 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)|
|Al Jazira||6 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)|
|Auckland City||Al Hilal|
|9 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)|
|Winner Match 1|
|Winner Match 3|
|12 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)|
|Winner Match 6|
|5 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (Al Nahyan)|
|Winner Match 4|
|8 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (Al Nahyan)|
|Fifth place||Third place|
|Winner Match 2|
|Loser Match 2||Loser Match 6|
|Loser Match 3||Loser Match 4|
|9 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (Al Nahyan)||12 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (Al Nahyan)|
All times are local, GST (UTC+4).
|3 February 2022
|Al Jazira||Match 1||Auckland City||Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|5 February 2022
|Al Ahly||Match 2||Monterrey||Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|6 February 2022
|Al Hilal||Match 3||Winner Match 1||Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|8 February 2022
|Palmeiras||Match 4||Winner Match 2||Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|9 February 2022
|Winner Match 3||Match 6||Chelsea||Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
Match for fifth place
|9 February 2022
|Loser Match 2||Match 5||Loser Match 3||Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
Match for third place
|12 February 2022
|Loser Match 6||Match 7||Loser Match 4||Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|12 February 2022
|Winner Match 6||Match 8||Winner Match 4||Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
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