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2021 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup 2021
Tournament details
Host countryTBD
Dates3–12 February 2022
Teams(from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)2
2020

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.

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

Host appointment

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.

Qualified teams

Team Confederation Qualification Qualified date Participation
Entering in the semi-finals
Brazil Palmeiras CONMEBOL Winners of the 2021 Copa Libertadores 27 November 2021 2nd (Previous: 2020)
England Chelsea UEFA Winners of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League 29 May 2021 2nd (Previous: 2012)
Entering in the second round
Saudi Arabia Al Hilal AFC Winners of the 2021 AFC Champions League 23 November 2021 2nd (Previous: 2019)
Egypt Al Ahly CAF Winners of the 2020–21 CAF Champions League 17 July 2021 7th (Previous: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2020)
Mexico Monterrey CONCACAF Winners of the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League 28 October 2021 5th (Previous: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2019)
Entering in the first round
New Zealand Auckland City OFC Nominated by OFC 3 August 2021 10th (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
United Arab Emirates Al Jazira AFC (Hosts) Winners of the 2020–21 UAE Pro League 20 October 2021 2nd (Previous: 2017)

Venues

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.

Abu Dhabi
Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium Al Nahyan Stadium
Capacity: 37,500 Capacity: 15,000
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Squads

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.

Matches

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.
Play-off Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 3 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)                          
 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira     6 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)        
 New Zealand Auckland City        Saudi Arabia Al Hilal  
9 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)
   Winner Match 1      
 Winner Match 3  
     England Chelsea    
12 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (MBZ)
 Winner Match 6  
5 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (Al Nahyan)
   Winner Match 4  
 Egypt Al Ahly  
8 February 2022 – Abu Dhabi (Al Nahyan)
 Mexico Monterrey      
 Brazil Palmeiras  
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).

First round

3 February 2022 (2022-02-03)
20:30
Al Jazira United Arab Emirates Match 1 New Zealand Auckland City Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Second round

5 February 2022 (2022-02-05)
20:30
Al Ahly Egypt Match 2 Mexico Monterrey Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi

6 February 2022 (2022-02-06)
20:30
Al Hilal Saudi Arabia Match 3 ? Winner Match 1 Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Semi-finals

8 February 2022 (2022-02-08)
20:30
Palmeiras Brazil Match 4 ? Winner Match 2 Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi

9 February 2022 (2022-02-09)
20:30
Winner Match 3 ? Match 6 England Chelsea Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Match for fifth place

9 February 2022 (2022-02-09)
17:30
Loser Match 2 ? Match 5 ? Loser Match 3 Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Match for third place

12 February 2022 (2022-02-12)
17:00
Loser Match 6 ? Match 7 ? Loser Match 4 Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Final

12 February 2022 (2022-02-12)
20:30
Winner Match 6 ? Match 8 ? Winner Match 4 Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

External links

FIFA Club World Cup
Seasons

Brazil 2000 · Spain 2001 · Japan 2005 · Japan 2006 · Japan 2007 · Japan 2008 · UAE 2009 · UAE 2010 · Japan 2011 · Japan 2012 · Morocco 2013 · Morocco 2014 · Japan 2015 · Japan 2016 · UAE 2017 · UAE 2018 · Qatar 2019 · Qatar 2020 · Japan 2021 · China TBD

Finals

2000 · 2001 · 2005 · 2006 · 2007 · 2008 · 2009 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019 ·

Squads

2000 · 2001 · 2005 · 2006 · 2007 · 2008 · 2009 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019 ·

Qualification

AFC Champions League · CAF Champions League · CONCACAF Champions League · Copa Libertadores · OFC Champions League · UEFA Champions League

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