There still might be 546 days to go but preparation for the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup took a huge step today.
As well as having an explanation of the qualification procedure, we now know the official dates of the tournament that will take place in the United States.
When does the tournament start?
The tournament begins June 15th, the venues have yet to be confirmed but we do know it will be in the United States. The final will be on July 13th.
How does the Club World Cup work?
Similar to the international World Cup, the groups will be divided into eight groups of four. The top two from each group will qualify for the round of 16. In total teams who make the final will play a total of 7 matches across a 29 day period.
Who has qualified?
Chelsea were the first team to qualify for the tournament back in 2021 for winning the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea will be joined by the 2022, 2023 and 2024 Champions League winners as well as the top 8 coefficient sides within the UEFA confederation.
Other confederations have similar qualifying procedures. As it stands the teams who have officially made it are:
UEFA: Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester City, UCL 2024 Winners, Bayern Munich, PSG, Inter, Porto, Benfica, TBC, TBC, TBC
CAF: Al Ahly SC, Wydad AC, TBC, TBC
AFC: Al Hilal SFC, Urawa Red Diamonds, TBC, TBC
CONCACAF: CF Monterrey, Seattle Sounders, Club León, TBC.
OFC: Auckland City
CONMEBOL: Palmeiras, Flamengo, Fluminense, TBC, TBC, TBC
Host Country: TBC
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