7/28/2019 2:22:34 PM (GMT+3)

Doha to host 2019 FIFA Club World Cup in December

Doha to host 2019 FIFA Club World Cup in December

DOHA, Qatar: The 2019 FIFA Club World Cup will kick off here on December 11, with the champions being crowned on December 21. The dates of the tournament were confirmed by the Bureau of the FIFA Council, the FIFA said on their website.

In its current format featuring seven teams, the tournament will consist of eight matches, with the draw that will determine the pairings for the second-round matches and the semifinals in Zurich on September 16.

Three participants have already been confirmed: CF Monterrey from Mexico (winners of the 2019 Concacaf Champions League), Hienghène Sport from New Caledonia (winners of the 2019 OFC Champions League) and Liverpool FC from England (winners of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League).

The participants from CAF, AFC and CONMEBOL will be known in the coming months.

The club representing hosts Qatar will depend on the outcome of the ongoing AFC Champions League. If a team from Qatar are the AFC champions, they will qualify directly for the second round of the FIFA event, with the AFC runners-up playing the opening match against Hienghène Sport.

If the AFC Champions League winners are not a club from Qatar, then the current holders of the Qatar Stars League title, Al Sadd SC, will play the opening match against Hienghène Sport.
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