FIFA Club World Cup every year… without the Europeans who get a bye to the final

March 17 – While focus has been shifted to the 2025 Club World Cup and how teams will qualify, or have qualified, FIFA have also said they will run a global club competition every year.

In a press release following outlining FIFA Council decisions earlier this week, FIFA said that the “Club World Cup will be discontinued after the 2023 edition”, but that a new annual competition will be created for “the champions of their (the confederations’) premier club competitions to play each other annually to stimulate competitiveness”.

FIFA said that the annual event was being created according to a “need expressed by the confederations”.

But the competition will not feature the European champions until the final where the winner will

“The FIFA Council unanimously approved the strategic concept of a yearly FIFA club competition as of 2024,” said FIFA.

“This competition will feature the champions of the premier club competitions of all confederations and conclude with a final to be played at a neutral venue, between the winner of the UEFA Champions League and the winner of intercontinental play-offs between the other confederations.”

No more details on the format, dates or number of teams were given but are to “follow in due course”.

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