Qatar, the host country of the 2022 World Cup, will host the club World Cups in 2019 and 2020, FIFA announced on Monday.
“After the approval of a FIFA Club World Cup revamped to 24 teams whose pilot edition will take place in 2021, the strategic and decision-making body of FIFA has decided to entrust Qatar with the organization of the two next editions of the competition in its current format (2019 and 2020),” said a statement from the international football body.
These two meetings with seven teams should serve as a dress rehearsal for the FIFA World Cup 2022, especially since the period of their organization – usually in early December – corresponds to that of the next edition of the flagship competition from the same source, noting that these test events will therefore take place under similar climatic conditions.
With regard to the expanded edition of 2021, the FIFA administration will proactively analyze and contact potential hosts before submitting a recommendation at the next Council meeting, to be held in Shanghai (PR China), 23 and 24 October next.
Qatar succeeds the United Arab Emirates, which has organized the last two editions of the competition, each time won by Real Madrid.