Saturday 3 October 2020
Al-Nasr Saudi Club has the opportunity to participate in the Club World Cup 2021, which is scheduled to be held in China, with the participation of 24 teams for the first time in the history of the competition.
Al-Nassr bid farewell to the AFC Champions League after losing the semi-finals today, Saturday, to the Iranian team, Persepolis, which secured qualification to participate in the tournament.
The Iranian team has definitely ensured its presence in the 2021 FIFA World Cup for Clubs, but it has not guaranteed its presence in the 2020 edition that will be held in Qatar during next December, waiting for it to be crowned or not in the Asian Championship.
The AFC had announced earlier that the top three clubs in the AFC Champions League 2020 would qualify for the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup in China.
The champion of the same version of the Asian championship will be the only representative of the continent in the 2020 World Cup in Qatar, which is supposed to be the last in the current system with seven participating teams.
Al-Nassr, the losing team in the semi-finals of East Asia in the Champions League, will wait for the match to determine the third-placed team, which will qualify for the Oceania champion to determine the qualifier for the World Cup in China.
The matter differs on the African continent, after the African Union “CAF” announced in an official statement in November 2019 that the three clubs with the first places in the 2020-2021 edition of the African Champions League will be representatives of the continent in the World Cup in China.
According to the latest agenda announced by the CAF a few weeks ago, the 2020-2021 CAF Champions League will conclude its matches in the month of July.
As for the current version, which Al-Ahly and Zamalek still hope to win, only its champion will qualify to participate in the next Club World Cup in Qatar.
The current governing regulations remain hostage to a decision by FIFA regarding the establishment, postponement or cancellation of any version of the World Cup, whether 2020 or 2021, due to the Corona pandemic.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on September 21 that the holding of the next tournament in Qatar is facing great difficulty due to Corona, in addition to the fact that the continental federations have not finished their tournaments yet.
Infantino hinted at the conclusion of his statements that there are all possibilities with regard to the Club World Cup 2020, which will entail decisions regarding the 2021 edition as well.