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FIFA Club World Cup 2023: Preview, Fixtures, Full Schedule, All Teams, How to Watch and More

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A FIFA-organized international club football tournament between the winners of the six continental confederations and the league champions of the host country, the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup, officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Saudi Arabia 2023 presented by Visit Saudi for sponsorship reasons, will be the competition’s 20th edition. From December 12 to December 22, 2023, Saudi Arabia will host the competition. This will be the final Club World Cup with seven teams before the competition is expanded to include 32 teams in 2025.

In December, the best men’s football team from each continent will compete for the title of 2023 FIFA Club World Cup winners.

From December 12–22, 2023, seven teams will compete in Saudi Arabia for the title of FIFA Club World Cup winners. Find out how to watch the competition, as well as the complete schedule.

The reigning champions, Real Madrid, will not be able to keep up their success after losing to eventual winners Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semifinals in 2022–2023.

In a knockout competition held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the winners from each of the six continental regions of the sport—Europe, North America, South America, Oceania, Africa, and Asia—as well as one team representing the host country, compete.

The competition will only be played with seven teams for the final time in its 20th edition before expanding to 32 teams starting in 2025.

Real Madrid of Spain is currently the champion after defeating Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia 5-3 in February 2023 in Morocco. However, Real Madrid was eliminated from the UEFA Champions League in 2022–2023 by Manchester City, who went on to win the competition for the first time.

Next month, when the Fifa Club World Cup is held in Saudi Arabia for the first time, history will be made. Champions of Europe, Manchester City, will make their tournament debut alongside Egypt’s Al Ahly, South American champions Fluminense, and hosts Al Ittihad. As the last team to guarantee their place in Jeddah, the Brazilian team was confirmed on Saturday.

What is the FIFA Club World Cup?

The champions of the six continental confederations and the most recent league winners of the host country compete in the seven-team Fifa Club World Cup. The competition will make history in 2023 when it returns to the kingdom, with Jeddah serving as the host city. There have been seven previous Gulf-based Club World Cups: two in Qatar and five in the United Arab Emirates.

The tournament next month, however, will be the final one conducted in its current configuration. It will grow to 32 teams for the next edition in 2025. The host country will be the United States.

When is the FIFA Club World Cup 2023?

The 2023 competition takes place from December 12 to December 22, with December 22 serving as both the final and the third-place play-off day.

Where is the FIFA Club World Cup 2023?

Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium and King Abdullah Sports City will host games.

All teams and their route to qualification

The following seven squads are competing in the FIFA Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia:

  1. Manchester City (England)
  2. Club León (Mexico)
  3. Urawa Reds (Japan)
  4. Fluminense FC (Brazil)
  5. Auckland City FC (New Zealand)
  6. Al Ahly FC (Egypt)
  7. Al-Ittihad FC (Saudi Arabia)
RegionTeam and route
EuropeEngland’s Manchester City qualified by winning the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League final against Inter Milan and the 2022/23 UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla
North & Central AmericanMexican side Club León qualified following their first-ever CONCACAF tournament win, beating LAFC in 2023
South AmericaBrazil’s Fluminense FC qualified by winning a fiery Copa Libertadores final against Argentinian Rivals Boca Juniors
AsiaJapanese side Urawa Reds beat Saudi’s Al-Hilal to win the AFC Champions League. As Saudi Arabia is the host nation, Al-Ittihad FC also qualify as the current Saudi Pro champions.
AfricaEgyptian side Al Ahly FC qualified after seeing off Morocco’s Wydad 3-2 in the CAF Champions League final.
OceaniaNew Zealand’s Auckland City qualified again following their record eleventh OFC Champions League title, thanks to a 4-2 win over Fijian side Suva.

Who is playing? *Club World Cup participation in brackets

Al Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) – 2022/23 Saudi Pro League winners (2nd)

Manchester City (England) – 2022/23 Uefa Champions League winners (1st)

Fluminense (Brazil) – 2023 Copa Libertadores winners (1st)

Al Ahly (Egypt) – 2022/23 Caf Champions League winners (9th)

Urawa Red Diamonds (Japan) – 2022 Asian Champions League winners (3rd)

Club Leon (Mexico) – 2023 Concacaf Champions League winners (1st)

Auckland City (New Zealand) – 2023 OFC Champions League nominees (11th)

FIFA Club World Cup Schedule in 2023

The championships are made up of seven knockout games, with extra time and penalties added if needed. The third-place match, on the other hand, will proceed directly to penalties if a draw is reached after ninety minutes of play.

Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium and King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah will host the games.

Arabian Standard Time (AST) is observed in Saudi Arabia and is two hours ahead of Central European Time (CET) and three hours ahead of GMT/UTC.

DateRoundKick offFixtureStadium
Tues Dec. 121st Round19:00 CETAl Ittihad vs. Auckland CityKing Abdullah Sports City Stadium, Jeddah
Fri Dec. 152nd Round13:30 CETClub Leon vs. Urawa RedsPrince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
Fri Dec 15.2nd Round19:00 CETAl Ahly vs. Al Ittihad OR Auckland CityKing Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah
Mon Dec. 18Semi-final 119:00 CETFluminese vs. Al Ahly OR Al Ittihad OR Auckland CityKing Abdullah Sports City Stadium, Jeddah Stadium
Tues Dec. 19Semi-final 219:00 CETManchester City vs. Club Leon OR Urawa RedsKing Abdullah Sports City Stadium, Jeddah
Fri Dec. 22Third place15:30 CETSemi-final 1 loser vs. Semi-final 2 loserPrince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
Fri Dec. 22Final19:00 CETSemi-final 1 winner vs. Semi-final 2 winnerKing Abdullah Sports City Stadium, Jeddah

How to watch the FIFA Club World Cup 2023

Every match from the FIFA Club World Cup 2023 will be available to watch on Peacock and FOX Sports for viewers in North, Central, and South America.

The matches will air on BBC and ITV for viewers in the UK.

In most regions of the world, FIFA+ will also provide live streaming of the entire competition.

Past winners

With five Club World Cup wins, Real Madrid is the team with the most. In Abu Dhabi in 2017 and 2018, the Spanish giants took home the third and fourth of those titles. Barcelona, a longtime rival, is ranked second overall after winning three titles. They have experienced success in Abu Dhabi before, in 2009, just like Madrid.

The only other teams with multiple wins are Corinthians and Bayern Munich (2); the other teams that have won the trophy once are Liverpool, AC Milan, Manchester United, Inter Milan, and Chelsea. The latter two, in 2010 and 2021, respectively, also achieved the feat in the capital of the UAE.

Raeesa Sayyad

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