FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced today, Wednesday, that the UAE will host the Club World Cup at the beginning of 2022.
Japan was scheduled to host the tournament in December of this year, but withdrew last month due to the situation of the Corona virus in the country.
Infantino said: “It was decided (at the meeting of the FIFA Council) that the 2021 Club World Cup will be held at the beginning of 2022. The exact dates for the tournament have not yet been determined, but it will be held in the Emirates after Japan withdrew due to the pandemic.”
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host this season’s Club World Cup in early 2022, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday. https://t.co/kYcAqZW6tx
— Reuters Sports (@ReutersSports) October 20, 2021
The UAE hosted the tournament four times before, in 2009, 2010, 2017, and 2018.
Abu Dhabi, the capital of sports, will host the FIFA Club World Cup for the fifth time
Al Jazira represents the Emirates, Al Ahly, the African champions, Chelsea, the European champions, Auckland, the Oceania champions, the winner of the Asian final between Al Hilal and Pohang Steelers, the Copa Libertadores final between Flamengo and Palmeiras, and the CONCACAF final between Monterrey and Club America. pic.twitter.com/pmsm39nASP
– Abu Dhabi Sports Channel (@ADSportsTV) October 20, 2021
Last year, FIFA chose Japan to host the traditional tournament, which includes seven teams, after the expanded tournament, which was planned to be held in China in June 2021 with the participation of 24 teams, was postponed due to the pandemic.
The champions of the six continents, in addition to the league champion in the host country, participate in the annual tournament.