FIFA has announced today that the next two competitions will be played as planned, after meeting today in Paris.
The FIFA Council met today in Paris to announced that the current format of the FIFA Club World Cup is not dead.
The organization plans to revamp the tournament in 2021, allowing 24 teams to play instead of the current seven.
But today they have announced the next two events will be taking part in Qatar, as preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Confederations Cup was used as a test competition a year before the World Cup, but the tournament has been cancel and the Middle Eastern nation will host the Club World Cup.
“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,” FIFA wrote in their official page.
“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,” they added.
Following the current format, the following teams have already qualified: Liverpool representing UEFA, Esperance de Tunis representing the CAF, and Monterrey from CONCACAF.
Hienghene Sport won the OFC Champions League and Al-Saad is the current Qatar Stars League champion.
The AFC and CONMEBOL winners will be added to the competition.
FIFA Council appoints Qatar as host of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019 and 2020: https://t.co/4gfZghwbNy
— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) June 3, 2019