FIFA Club World Cup™ in new format from 2025


FIFA Club WC to be held in Morocco 2023 and new format from 2025 Image: Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, KSKB1935, CC BY-SA 4.0

The 2025 Club World Cup will feature 32 teams, making the format similar to the just-concluded soccer World Cup in Qatar, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said recently.

‘The Times of India’ quoted Infantino as stating that the tournament, which currently involves seven teams, would be held every four years and would boost revenues for the global sports body further.

The 2025 FIFA Club World Cup™ is an upcoming edition of the FIFA Club World Cup™, an international club association football competition organized by FIFA. The tournament is planned to be the first under an expanded format with 32 teams and will be held in June 2025.

The FIFA Club World Cup™ is an international men’s association football competition organized by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s global governing body. The competition was first contested in 2000 as the FIFA Club World Championship.

‘The Times of India’ further stated that currently the top teams of every continental competition as well as the hosts’ national champion battle it out for the Club World Cup title.

He said FIFA expected revenues of $11 billion for the four-year period between 2022 and 2026 but that did not include the new Club World Cup format in 2025.

Infantino stated at a presser, “This 11 billion figure is without the Club World Cup (in 2025). At the end of the four years we will make even more revenues.”

The 2026 World Cup will be hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Infantino also said that the 2022 Club World Cup, traditionally held in December but delayed this year due to the just-concluded World Cup in Qatar, will be hosted by Morocco between February 1st-11th, 2023.

The above decision was taken by the FIFA Council following a meeting held recently.

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