The FIFA Club World Cup may take place in Qatar at the beginning of next year. This was announced by the President of the International Federation Gianni Infantino at a press conference of the FIFA Congress.
– Since some confederations will not complete the Champions League until December, it is unlikely that this tournament will take place in December this year, as was planned. But we are discussing, reviewing, and maybe it will be held in Qatar early next year”, he said.
From 2021, the club world championship will be held in a new format, the number of participants will increase from seven to 24, the tournament will be held every four years. The first championship was supposed to be held in China in the summer, but it was postponed after the dates of the European Championship were shifted.
– We are preparing to hold the first drawing of the new version of the tournament, which will give a significant impetus to development of the club football around the world, because more clubs from different continents will take part in the tournament, the FIFA President added.
The Club World Championship has been held since 2000, and the strongest clubs from each of the six continental confederations and the best club of the host country took part in it. The current winner of the tournament is English Liverpool.
Infantino also announced FIFA’s readiness to host the Women’s World Cup every two years.
Nowadays, the Women’s World Cup is held every four years. The first world championship was played in 1991, and the next is scheduled for 2023.
– We can hold the World Championships every two years, not four. It will be the most interesting championship, so we decided to invest $1 billion in the women’s world championship, Infantino said.
The FIFA President also spoke about the idea of launching a pan-African Club League.
– We talked about this with the leaders of the African Confederation of Football (CAF), associations and clubs. There was a great interest. We continue to work in the form of ideas and proposals, and I hope that something new will come out of this, said the official of the International Football Organization.
The next (71st) FIFA Congress will take place in Tokyo shortly before the Olympic Games in 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, games had to be postponed from the summer of 2020.