fifa club world cup 2025

FIFA Club World Cup 2025

FIFA Club World Cup 2025

The FIFA Council has greenlit a significant overhaul for the FIFA Club World Cup 2025, paving the way for a dynamic 32-team tournament set to debut in June 2025. Under the new format, the event will occur once every four years, marking a departure from its previous frequency.

The forthcoming edition in Saudi Arabia in December 2023 will be the swan song for the current setup, as the football world eagerly anticipates the transition to the revamped structure, with the United States secured as the host nation for the 2025 installment.

Key principles guiding team participation have been established, ensuring representation from all major footballing regions:

How To Qualify In FIFA Club World Cup 2025

UEFA: A contingent of 12 clubs, comprising winners of the UEFA Champions League from 2020-21 to 2023-24, along with eight additional teams determined by a club ranking over the same four-year span.

CONMEBOL: Six clubs, including victors of the Copa Libertadores between 2021 and 2024, supplemented by two teams based on a similar club ranking criteria.

fifa club world cup 2025

CONCACAF: Four clubs, clinching triumph in the Concacaf Champions League between 2021 and 2024.

AFC: Four clubs, emerging victorious in the AFC Champions League between 2021 and 2024.

CAF: Four clubs, securing glory in the CAF Champions League between 2021 and 2024.

OFC: One club, selected from the top-ranked performers in the OFC Champions League between 2021 and 2024.

Host Country: The United States.

Additional provisions have been instituted to ensure fairness and diversity:

– In instances where a club triumphs in multiple editions of their confederation’s premier club competition during the 2021-2024 period, access will be determined by a club ranking based on sporting merits.

– A maximum of two clubs per country will be permitted, with exceptions made in cases where a nation’s clubs dominate their confederation’s premier club competition.

– The tournament structure will feature a group phase comprising eight groups, each composed of four teams, with the top two advancing to the round of 16.

Furthermore, the FIFA Council has unanimously endorsed plans for an annual club competition, set to kick off in 2024. This initiative responds to the impending conclusion of the FIFA Club World Cup in its current iteration. The annual tournament will assemble winners from each confederation’s premier club competition, culminating in a climactic final staged at a neutral venue, pitting the UEFA Champions League victor against the winner of intercontinental playoffs involving representatives from other confederations.

FIFA Club World Cup 2025 Dates and Format Confirmed

Mark your calendars! The inaugural FIFA Club World Cup 2025 is set to kick off from June 15th to July 13th, ensuring optimal alignment with the International Match Calendar. These dates are meticulously chosen to accommodate the global football calendar, allowing ample time between the tournament’s finale and the commencement of domestic league seasons worldwide. Emphasizing player welfare, a minimum of three days of rest between matches will be guaranteed.

Here’s what you can expect from the FIFA Club World Cup 2025 Format:

  • Group Stage: Featuring eight groups, each comprised of four teams competing in a single-game round-robin format.
  • Round of 16: The top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage.
  • Knockout Stage: From the round of 16 onwards, it’s a direct single-match knockout format leading up to the final.
  • No Third-Place Playoff: Unlike previous editions, there will be no match for the third-place position.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino expressed, ‘Clubs are the heartbeat of global football, and the FIFA Club World Cup 2025 will provide them with an unparalleled platform to showcase their talent and prowess. This open competition, based solely on sporting merit, underscores our commitment to advancing football on a truly global scale.'”

Qualified Teams of FIFA Club World Cup 2025

ConfederationTeam(s)QualificationQualified Date(s)Participation
AFC (4 slots)Saudi Arabia Al-HilalWinners of the 2021 AFC Champions LeagueMarch 14, 20234th (Previous: 2019, 2021, 2022)
AFC (4 slots)Japan Urawa Red DiamondsWinners of the 2022 AFC Champions LeagueMay 6, 20234th (Previous: 2007, 2017, 2023)
AFC (4 slots)TBDWinners of the 2023–24 AFC Champions LeagueMay 18, 2024TBD
AFC (4 slots)TBDBest eligible team in the AFC 4-year rankingTBD
CAF (4 slots)Egypt Al AhlyWinners of the 2020–21 and 2022–23 CAF Champions LeagueMarch 14, 202310th (Previous: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)
CAF (4 slots)Morocco Wydad CasablancaWinners of the 2021–22 CAF Champions LeagueMarch 14, 20233rd (Previous: 2017, 2022)
CAF (4 slots)TBDWinners of the 2023–24 CAF Champions LeagueMay 26, 2024TBD
CAF (4 slots)TBDBest eligible team in the CAF 4-year rankingTBD
CONCACAF (4 slots)Mexico MonterreyWinners of the 2021 CONCACAF Champions LeagueMarch 14, 20236th (Previous: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2019, 2021)
CONCACAF (4 slots)United States Seattle Sounders FCWinners of the 2022 CONCACAF Champions LeagueMarch 14, 20232nd (Previous: 2022)
CONCACAF (4 slots)Mexico LeónWinners of the 2023 CONCACAF Champions LeagueJune 4, 20232nd (Previous: 2023)
CONCACAF (4 slots)TBDWinners of the 2024 CONCACAF Champions CupJune 2, 2024TBD
CONMEBOL (6 slots)Brazil PalmeirasWinners of the 2021 Copa LibertadoresMarch 14, 20233rd (Previous: 2020, 2021)
CONMEBOL (6 slots)Brazil FlamengoWinners of the 2022 Copa LibertadoresMarch 14, 20233rd (Previous: 2019, 2022)
CONMEBOL (6 slots)Brazil FluminenseWinners of the 2023 Copa LibertadoresNovember 4, 20232nd (Previous: 2023)
CONMEBOL (6 slots)TBDWinners of the 2024 Copa LibertadoresNovember 30, 2024TBD
CONMEBOL (6 slots)TBDBest eligible team in the CONMEBOL 4-year rankingTBD
CONMEBOL (6 slots)TBDSecond-best eligible team in the CONMEBOL 4-year rankingTBD
OFC (1 slot)New Zealand Auckland CityBest OFC Champions League winners in the OFC 4-year rankingDecember 17, 202312th (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2022, 2023)
UEFA (12 slots)England ChelseaWinners of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions LeagueMarch 14, 20233rd (Previous: 2012, 2021)
UEFA (12 slots)Spain Real MadridWinners of the 2021–22 UEFA Champions LeagueMarch 14, 20237th (Previous: 2000, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022)
UEFA (12 slots)England Manchester CityWinners of the 2022–23 UEFA Champions LeagueJune 10, 20232nd (Previous: 2023)
UEFA (12 slots)TBDWinners of the 2023–24 UEFA Champions LeagueJune 1, 2024TBD
UEFA (12 slots)Germany Bayern MunichUEFA 4-year rankingDecember 17, 20233rd (Previous: 2013, 2020)
UEFA (12 slots)France Paris Saint-GermainUEFA 4-year rankingDecember 17, 20231st
UEFA (12 slots)Italy Inter MilanUEFA 4-year rankingDecember 17, 20232nd (Previous: 2010)
UEFA (12 slots)Portugal PortoUEFA 4-year rankingDecember 17, 20231st
UEFA (12 slots)Portugal BenficaUEFA 4-year rankingDecember 17, 20231st
UEFA (12 slots)Germany TBD[note 9]UEFA 4-year ranking1st
UEFA (12 slots)Italy TBD[note 10]UEFA 4-year ranking1st
UEFA (12 slots)Spain TBD[note 11]UEFA 4-year rankingTBD
CONCACAF (host) (1 slot)United States TBDTBD1st

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