The FIFA Club World Cup, originally planned for December, has been now rescheduled to be held from 1st Feb to 11th Feb 2021, the organizers revealed this week.
The tournament brings together six continental champions from across the world. The European Champions League winners Bayern Munich is the first to have qualified.
Last season’s tournament concluded with Liverpool as the winner, beating he Brazilian Club Flamengo.
The FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 was originally due for December, but, due to the disruptive effect of the pandemic on the confederations’ continental club championships, the event was postponed.
Now, with the strict return-to-play protocols, a successful resumption of continental club championships has been possible. Hence, the FIFA World Cup 2020 will be held from 1st to 11th Feb 2021 in Qatar, as per the original host appointment by FIFA Council in June 2019.
“In line with FIFA’s international Match Protocol, FIFA and the host country will provide the required safeguards for the health and safety of all concerned,” FIFA said in its statement.
Another new 24-team Club World Cup was due to be held in June/July 2021 in China, but due to coronavirus-related delays to Euro 2020 and the Copa America, it will be held a year later, postponing the plan.
FIFA also denied moving two postponed women’s tournaments to 2021, and instead allowed to host these tournaments in 2022. Costa Rica will play host to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, while India will host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.