FIFA has appointed Qatar as the host of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019 and 2020 to function as test events for the next FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Qatar will host the 2019 and 2020 editions of the Club World Cup in its existing seven-team format, with a revamped edition of the tournament featuring 24 teams to be played from 2021 onwards, FIFA confirmed on Monday.
The decision to give Qatar the Club World Cup came two weeks after FIFA settled on 32 countries for the 2022 World Cup rather than expanding to 48 teams.
For FIFA, the 2019 and 2020 editions of the competition will serve as “valuable test events in the build-up to the FIFA World Cup 2022”.
The world football governing body added that the timing of the tournament, usually around early December, corresponds with that of the next FIFA World Cup, allowing for testing under similar climatic conditions.
“There is no doubt that the Club World Cup will be a very important test event for us,” Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary general of Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of Qatar said following the meeting.
The FIFA administration will analyze and approach potential hosts of the expanded FIFA Club World Cup in 2021 before making recommendations at the next FIFA Council meeting in Shanghai in October.
The FIFA Council also approved amendments to the organization’s code of ethics, disciplinary code and regulations on the status and transfer of players.