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Template:Infobox international football competition The 2020 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 presented by Alibaba Cloud for sponsorship reasons) is the 17th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament between the winners of the six continental confederations, as well as the host nation's league champions. The tournament is being hosted by Qatar.

The event was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[1] as the AFC, CONMEBOL, and CONCACAF champions would not have been decided in time for the tournament. Originally to be held in December 2020, on 17 November of the same year FIFA announced that the competition would be played between 1 and 11 February 2021.[2]

Originally seven teams were to compete in the tournament. However, OFC's representatives Auckland City withdrew due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related quarantine measures required by the New Zealand authorities. As a result, only six teams are competing, and the first round match, originally scheduled on 1 February 2021, was awarded as a 3–0 win to their first round opponents, host Qatar's representatives Al-Duhail, who advanced automatically to the second round on 4 February 2021.[3]

Liverpool are the defending champions, but will not defend their title as they were eliminated in the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League round of 16.

Host appointment[edit source | edit]

With proposals for an expanded Club World Cup, FIFA delayed the announcement of a host. On 28 May 2019,[4] FIFA announced that the 2019 and 2020 tournament host would be appointed at the FIFA Council meeting in Paris, France on 3 June 2019.[5]

Qatar was appointed as the host for the 2019 and 2020 tournaments on 3 June 2019, serving as test events ahead of their hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The tournament will retain its original format ahead of the revamp in 2021.[6]

Qualified teams[edit source | edit]

Location of teams of the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup.
Team Confederation Qualification Qualified date Participation (bold indicates winners)
Entering in the semi-finals
Template:Fbaicon Bayern Munich UEFA Winners of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League 23 August 2020[7] 2nd (Previous: 2013)
Template:Fbaicon Palmeiras CONMEBOL Winners of the 2020 Copa Libertadores 30 January 2021[8] 1st
Entering in the second round
Template:Fbaicon Al Ahly CAF Winners of the 2019–20 CAF Champions League 27 November 2020[9] 6th (Previous: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013)
Template:Fbaicon Ulsan Hyundai AFC Winners of the 2020 AFC Champions League 19 December 2020[10] 2nd (Previous: 2012)
Template:Fbaicon UANL CONCACAF Winners of the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League 22 December 2020[11] 1st
Entering in the first round
Template:Fbaicon Al-Duhail AFC (Hosts) Winners of the 2019–20 Qatar Stars League 27 September 2020[note 1] 1st
Template:Fbaicon Auckland City (withdrew)[note 2] OFC Nominated by OFC[note 3] 19 November 2020 10th (planned) (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

Notes

  1. Al-Duhail won the 2019–20 Qatar Stars League on 21 August 2020. Their participation was officially confirmed on 27 September 2020 after Al-Sadd became the last team from Qatar to be eliminated from the 2020 AFC Champions League.
  2. On 15 January 2021, FIFA announced that Auckland City had withdrawn from the competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related quarantine measures required by the New Zealand authorities.[3]
  3. On 4 September 2020, the Oceania Football Confederation announced that the knockout stage of the 2020 OFC Champions League was cancelled due to the border and travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and no champions would be awarded.[12] The OFC representative at the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup, which would have originally been the winners of the 2020 OFC Champions League, was confirmed to be Auckland City on 19 November 2020. The team was chosen by the OFC Executive Committee based on the principles within the competition regulations of the OFC Champions League, which established a ranking of each team after the group stage, where Auckland City were ranked first.[13]

Venues[edit source | edit]

The matches are being played at two venues in the city of Al Rayyan, both of them to host matches at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[14] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Qatar, attendance is limited to only 30% of the stadiums' seating capacity.[15]

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A third stadium, Khalifa International Stadium in the capital Doha, would originally host two matches, but following the withdrawal of Auckland City and the subsequent revision of match schedule, it would not be used for the tournament.[16][14][17]

Match officials[edit source | edit]

Seven referees, twelve assistant referees, and seven video assistant referees were appointed for the tournament.[18][19]

Confederation Referees Assistant referees Video assistant referees
AFC Template:Fbaicon Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed
Template:Fbaicon Khamis Al-Marri
CAF Template:Fbaicon Maguette N'Diaye
Template:Fbaicon Rédouane Jiyed
CONCACAF Template:Fbaicon Mario Escobar
Template:Fbaicon Drew Fischer
CONMEBOL Template:Fbaicon Edina Alves Batista
Template:Fbaicon Esteban Ostojich[note 1]
OFC Template:Fbaicon Abdelkader Zitouni
UEFA Template:Fbaicon Danny Makkelie

Squads[edit source | edit]

Each team had to name a 23-man squad (three of whom must be goalkeepers). Injury replacements are allowed until 24 hours before the team's first match.[21]

Matches[edit source | edit]

The match schedule was announced on 23 December 2020,[16] with a revised schedule with change of venues announced on 18 January 2021.[14] The draw of the tournament was held on 19 January 2021, 16:00 CET (UTC+1), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland, to decide the matchups of the second round (between the first round winner and teams from AFC, CAF and CONCACAF), and the opponents of the two second round winners in the semi-finals (against teams from CONMEBOL and UEFA). At the time of the draw, the identity of the CONMEBOL team was not known.[22][23]

If a match is tied after normal playing time:[21]

  • For elimination matches, extra time is played. If still tied after extra time, a penalty shoot-out is held to determine the winner.
  • For the matches for fifth place and third place, no extra time is played, and a penalty shoot-out is held to determine the winner.

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First round[edit source | edit]

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Second round[edit source | edit]

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Match for fifth place[edit source | edit]

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Semi-finals[edit source | edit]

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Match for third place[edit source | edit]

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Final[edit source | edit]

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Goalscorers[edit source | edit]

As of 7 February 2021
Rank Player Team Goals
1 France André-Pierre Gignac Template:Fbaicon UANL 3
2 Template:Country data QAT Almoez Ali Template:Fbaicon Al-Duhail 1
Template:Country data BEL Edmilson Template:Fbaicon Al-Duhail
Egypt Hussein El Shahat Template:Fbaicon Al Ahly
South Korea Kim Kee-hee Template:Fbaicon Ulsan Hyundai
Template:Country data QAT Mohammed Muntari Template:Fbaicon Al-Duhail
South Korea Yoon Bit-garam Template:Fbaicon Ulsan Hyundai

Final ranking[edit source | edit]

Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time were counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-out were counted as draws.

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Notes[edit source | edit]

  1. Uruguayan referee Leodán González was replaced by Esteban Ostojich due to health reasons.[20]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. Dunbar, Graham (19 September 2020). "Pandemic disrupting FIFA's World Cup, Club World Cup program". Associated Press. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  2. "Update on FIFA Club World Cup 2020 and women's youth tournaments". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 17 November 2020. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Auckland City FC withdraw from FIFA Club World Cup™". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 15 January 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  4. "FIFA Council meeting agenda now available". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 28 May 2019. Archived from the original on 3 June 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  5. "Agenda of meeting no. 10 of the FIFA Council" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 28 May 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 June 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  6. "FIFA Council appoints Qatar as host of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019 and 2020". FIFA.com (Press release). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 3 June 2019. Archived from the original on 3 June 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  7. "Bayern crowned champions of Europe". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 August 2020.
  8. "Palmeiras complete Club World Cup line-up". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 30 January 2021.
  9. "Al Ahly conquer Africa, clinch Club World Cup ticket". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 28 November 2020.
  10. "Ulsan edge Persepolis to claim Asian crown". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 19 February 2020.
  11. "Tigres edge LAFC to book Club World Cup ticket". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 23 December 2020.
  12. "OFC Champions League 2020 cancelled". Oceania Football Confederation. 4 September 2020.
  13. "Auckland City nominated for CWC". Oceania Football Confederation. 19 November 2020.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "Education City and Ahmad Bin Ali stadiums to host FIFA Club World Cup 2020™". FIFA. 18 January 2021. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  15. "Security preparations for FIFA Club World Cup complete". The Peninsula. 4 February 2021. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Education City, Ahmad Bin Ali and Khalifa International to host FIFA Club World Cup matches". FIFA. 23 December 2020. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  17. "FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020: Match schedule" (PDF). FIFA. 23 December 2020. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  18. "Match officials for the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™ appointed". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 January 2021. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  19. "FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 – List of Appointed Match Officials" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 26 January 2021. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  20. Fédération Internationale de Football Association [@fifamedia] (26 January 2021). "The FIFA Referees Committee has replaced referee Leodan Gonzalez from Uruguay for the #ClubWC, due to health reasons. His compatriot Esteban Ostojich will now travel for the tournament" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 2 February 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2021 – via Twitter.
  21. 21.0 21.1 "FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 Regulations" (PDF).
  22. "Watch LIVE: FIFA Club World Cup Official Draw". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 18 January 2021.
  23. "Draw lays out path to FIFA Club World Cup glory". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 19 January 2021.
  24. "FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020: Match schedule" (PDF). FIFA. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 21 January 2021.

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