Club World Cup: FIFA defines new format; see how it ranks

Club World Cup: FIFA defines new format;  see how it ranks

Club World Cup | FIFA unanimously approved this Monday the format of the new Club World Cup, which will be played from 2025. The tournament has 32 teams and, in this first edition, will contemplate the champion teams in the seasons ending between 2021 and 2024. Palmeiras and Flamengo, champions of the Copa Libertadores in 2021 and 2022, respectively, are guaranteed in the tournament. The participation of both teams should be officially confirmed in the coming days.

Following what is applied in the World Cup, Conmebol and Uefa will be the federations with the highest number of vacancies. Thus, Chelsea and Real Madrid, champions of the Champions League in 2021 and 2022 are also guaranteed. The tendency is for the other vacancies to be filled according to the rankings of each federation.

“For confederations with more than four places: access for the champions of the four previous editions of the confederation’s main club competition and additional teams to be determined by a club ranking based on the same four-year period,” FIFA said in a statement. communicated.

Also according to Fifa, for confederations entitled to up to four vacancies, they will be distributed to the champions of the four previous editions of the entity’s main club competition. For associations entitled to only one club’s participation, access to the tournament will be granted to the highest ranked team among the champions of the main club competition in the quadrennium. Placement for host country club will be determined at a later date.

Earlier, FIFA approved a new format for the next 48-team World Cup. The change takes effect from the 2026 edition, which will take place in the United States, Mexico and Canada simultaneously. The first stage of the competition will have 12 groups of four teams each. In the next phase, a knockout with 32 selections begins. In this way, the champion country will play eight matches, one more than in the previous format.

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