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FIFA to seek alternative date for 2021 Club World Cup

NEWS | 17/03/2020

The competition was scheduled to have been played between 17 June and 4 July 2021 in China.
In the wake of the announcements regarding the postponements of the European Championship and the Copa América, FIFA announced that it will seek a new date for the first edition of the new-look Club World Cup, which was to be played between 17 June and 4 July 2021 in China.

As a result of the health crisis caused by coronavirus, FIFA confirmed that it will 'decide at a later stage - when there is more clarity on the situation - when to reschedule the new FIFA Club World Cup, later in 2021, in 2022 or in 2023'. In addition, the institution is set to 'discuss with the Chinese FA and the Chinese Government the postponement of the new FIFA Club World Cup from 2021 in order to minimise any negative impact'. Meanwhile, the organisation will work on the match calendar with the confederations, member associations and other stakeholders 'with the objective of finding appropriate solutions for everyone to be proposed as soon as the circumstances allow'.
The FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, stated: 'The world is facing an unprecedented health challenge and clearly a global and collective response is needed. Cooperation, mutual respect and understanding must be the guiding principles for all decision makers to have in mind at this crucial moment in time'.