FIFA studies postponing Club World Cup until 2022

The restrictions imposed by Covid-19 in Japan forced him to withdraw from the new candidacy; South Africa withdrew application due to need for vaccination

FIFA studies postponing the Club World Cup to early 2022, due to problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic, sources close to planning indicated.

Restrictions imposed by COVID-19 forced Japan to desist from hosting the tournament of seven teams in December and South Africa withdrew its application due to the need to vaccinate against the coronavirus to a greater number of its population.

FIFA is now exploring holding the event in January or Februarythe sources told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss ongoing negotiations.

Qatar is a possibility – as in February, when Bayern Munich won the postponed 2020 edition in Doha – to help pilot the venues for the World Cup that begins in November 2022.

he FIFA has scheduled the Arab Cup in December in Qatar in advance as part of the preparations for the World Cup. The Club World Cup could attract fans from more countries with the presence of Chelsea, who got a ticket by winning the European Champions League. The plan would affect a Premier League weekend for the west London club, as would have been the case had the tournament gone according to plan, in December.

A Club World Cup expanded to 24 teams was due to debut this year in China, but that plan was abandoned because the pandemic forced matches to be rescheduled from the national teams in June and FIFA was unable to raise the necessary funds for the four-year event. So the seven-team format was extended for another year, with the champions of the six continental cups being joined by the league champion from the host country.