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Updated September 2023

Following their football club’s impressive performance in the previous edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, Saudi football fans have every reason to swell with pride as their country has been selected to host this year’s competition. This appointment has ignited a wave of enthusiasm and excitement among fans.

In this article, Wego delves into the key details of the FIFA Club World Cup 2023, set to take place in Saudi Arabia.

FIFA Club World Cup 2023

The FIFA Club World Cup 2023 is an international association football tournament featuring the champions of each confederation’s highest-tier football club competition, as well as the national champion of the host nation.

Since 2005, the competition has been held annually and is considered a major event by all confederations. However, it’s worth noting that the 2023 tournament will be the last seven-team Club World Cup before the tournament is expanded to 32 teams in 2025.

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FIFA Club World Cup 2023 format

The tournament consists of seven football clubs competing in a straight knockout stage over a period of two weeks at the end of the year. The clubs that will participate in the tournament include the following:

  • AFC Champions League 2022 winners: Urawa Reds, Japan

  • CAF Champions League 2022/2023 winners: Al Ahly FC, Egypt

  • Concacaf Champions League 2023 winners: Club León, Mexico

  • CONMEBOL Libertadores 2023 winners: TBD

  • OFC Champions League 2023 winners: Auckland City FC, New Zealand

  • UEFA Champions League 2022/2023 winners: Manchester City FC, England

  • Host (latest winner of organizing association’s league): Al Ittihad FC, Saudi Arabia

FIFA Club World Cup 2023 host country

The FIFA Club World Cup 2023 is set to take place in Saudi Arabia from 12 to 22 December, representing the tournament’s inaugural hosting in the country. This event will also mark the eighth occasion on which the competition has been hosted within a GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) nation.

FIFA Club World Cup 2023 schedules and tickets

The official draw took place in Jeddah on Tuesday, 5 September, at 11:00 local time. Here are the fixtures for the upcoming matches:

  • 12 December at 21.00: First round (Match 1) Al Ittihad FC vs Auckland City FC
  • 15 December at 17.30: Second round (Match 2) Club León vs Urawa Reds
  • 15 December at 21.00: Second round (Match 3)  Al Ahly FC vs Winner of M1
  • 18 December at 21.00: Semi-finals (Match 4) CONMEBOL representative vs Winner of M2
  • 19 December at 21.00: Semi-finals (Match 5) Winner of M3 vs Manchester City FC
  • 22 December at 17.30: Third place
  • 22 December at 21.00: Final

Tickets for the event will be available for purchase on FIFA’s official ticket portal starting on 26 September 2023.


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