Following the approval of a revamped FIFA Club World Cup with 24 teams, the pilot edition of which will be played in 2021, the FIFA Council decided to award Qatar the right to host the next two editions of the tournament in its existing format in 2019 and 2020.
The upcoming editions of the seven-team competition will serve as valuable test events in the build-up to the FIFA World Cup 2022™, even more so since their timing – usually around early December – corresponds with that of the next FIFA World Cup™, allowing for testing under similar climatic conditions, FIFA has stated in a release.
In regard to the pilot edition of the expanded FIFA Club World Cup in 2021, the FIFA administration will analyse and proactively approach potential hosts before making a recommendation at the next FIFA Council meeting, in Shanghai, China PR, on 23 and 24 October.
“It is a great test event,” said Hassan Al-Thawadi, Qatar World Cup organizing committee chairman. “So we will definitely try to utilize as much as possible, all the different facets of hosting a World Cup.”
Among other decisions, it was decided that FIFA in 2021 will not hold a Confederations Cup, which has historically been an event which host nations have used to prepare for the following year’s Fifa World Cup.