Qatar to host 2019, 2020 editions
Paris: Qatar will host the next two editions of the FIFA Club World Cup, the FIFA Council decided on Monday.
Following the approval of a revamped FIFA Club World Cup with 24 teams, the pilot edition of which will be played in 2021, the FIFA Council decided to award Qatar the right to host the next two editions of the tournament in its existing format in 2019 and 2020.
FIFA Council appoints Qatar as host of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019 and 2020: https://t.co/4gfZghwbNy— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) June 3, 2019
The upcoming editions of the seven-team competition will serve as valuable test events in the build-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, even more so since their timing – usually around early December – corresponds with that of the next FIFA World Cup, allowing for testing under similar climatic conditions.
In regard to the pilot edition of the expanded FIFA Club World Cup in 2021, the FIFA administration will analyse and proactively approach potential hosts before making a recommendation at the next FIFA Council meeting, in Shanghai, China PR, on October 23 & 24.