The contest played by the best of each confederation this time will be played in February in Qatar to await the winner of the Copa Libertadores.
The 2020 Club World Cup will be played in Qatar. But not only the venue will be new: the tournament will be played between February 1 and 11, 2021 instead of at the end of the year as usual, to allow time for the completion of the different continental competitions after the delays to the that forced the coronavirus pandemic.
“The 2020 FIFA Club World Cup will be held from February 1 to 11, 2021 in Qatar, the country originally designated as the host by the FIFA Council in June 2019,” the world football governing body said in the announcement. .
“The introduction of strict return-to-play protocols has facilitated the successful resumption of the continental club championships, the last of which (the Copa Libertadores) is scheduled to conclude at the end of January,” FIFA explained.
In addition, with regard to health issues, he added: “In accordance with the FIFA International Match Protocol, the International Federation and the host country will take the necessary measures to protect the health and ensure the safety of the participants.”
This will be the seventeenth edition of the competition that already has two qualified teams: Bayern Munich, recent Champions League champions, and the local club Al Duhail, that was consecrated in Qatar and acts as host. Quotas for South America, Concacaf, Asia, Africa and Oceania are pending. The last champion was Liverpool, after defeating Flamengo 1-0, which came after beating River Plate in the dying final of the Copa Libertadores at the Monumental Stadium in Lima.
As for the Argentine teams, the representatives that can become part of the competition are River, Boca and Racing, who are currently playing the second round of Libertadores. The last national team that managed to play this competition was precisely that of Gallardo in 2018, although it did not get to play the final because it was eliminated in the semifinal against the Al Ain from the United Arab Emirates. No Argentine team could win the tournament with the current format, and the last one to beat their European counterpart as champion of America was Boca against Milan, in 2003, when the Intercontinental Cup was played.
This will be the last time it will be played under this format. The next edition will be with 24 clubs divided into eight groups of three teams each. The winner will qualify for the quarterfinals, which will be played from there by direct elimination. It will take place in China and the distribution of seats will be 8 from UEFA, 6 from Conmebol, 3 from CONCACAF, Asia and Africa and the remaining will come out of the playoff between the Chinese champion and the winner of the Oceania Champions League.
In other communications, FIFA reported that the Women’s U-20 and U-17 World Cups were canceled and the following editions will be played in 2022 at the venues assigned for the tournaments originally scheduled for 2020.
“The FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group recommended that the 2020 editions of the two women’s youth tournaments be canceled and that the hosting rights for the 2022 editions be offered to the countries that were to host the 2020 editions,” they said. Therefore, Costa Rica will continue to host the U-20 World Cup and India for the U-17 edition.