FIFA plans to postpone the Club World Cup to next year, owing to hosting challenges associated with the pandemic, it is said.
Japan withdrew from staging the event this December owing to coronavirus restrictions, while South Africa abandoned a bid as it requires to get more of the country vaccinated.
According to sources, FIFA is now planning to stage the event in the month of January or February.
Qatar is an option, like for instance, in February Bayern Munich won the delayed 2020 edition in Doha, to help test venues for men’s national teams World Cup that starts in November 2022.
FIFA is already set to stage the Arab Cup in the month of December in Qatar as part of World Cup preparations.
The Club World Cup is expected to draw more global fanbase with Chelsea qualified as Champions League Winners.
It will interfere with a Premier League weekend for the West London Club, just as is the case if the tournament would have been contested as planned in December.
This year, an extended team of 24 members was due to debut for Club World Cup in China but, it was dropped owing to the pandemic, which required rescheduling of national team competitions in June.
Moreover, FIFA was not in a position to raise necessary funding for the planned event. Hence, the seven-team format was postponed by another year, with six continental club champions joining the domestic league winner from the host nation.