On June 3, 2019, prior to the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, members of the FIFA Council assembled in Paris to cast votes on several topics. One such decision was the appointment of the hosts for the FIFA Club World Cups for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
The FIFA Council ruled that Qatar will host both the 2019 and 2020 FIFA Club World Cups. These Club World Cups will be the final version of the current seven club tournament. So far, four of the seven teams have qualified: Liverpool (winner of the UEFA Champions League), Monterrey (winner of the CONCACAF Champions League), Hienghène Sport (winner of the OFC Champions League), and Esperance de Tunis (winner of CAF Champions League). The teams representing Asia, South America and the host of Qatar are still to be determined.
The decision by the FIFA Council comes just two weeks after they concluded that the FIFA World Cup 2022 will stay at 32 participating countries versus expanding to 48 participants.
“It is a great test event. So we will definitely try to utilize as much as possible, all the different facets of hosting a World Cup.”
–Hassan Al-Thawadi, Qatar World Cup organizing committee chairman
Both Club World Cups will be held in December, which coincides with the timing of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The FIFA World Cup is usually played in June and July. However, due to the summer heat in Qatar, the FIFA World Cup 2022 will instead start on November 21, with the final played on December 18, Qatar National Day.