The final phase of ticket sales for the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 presented by TOYOTA will kick off on 11 November via FIFA.com.
The ninth edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, scheduled to be played from 6 to 16 December 2012, will take place in the Japanese cities of Yokohama and Toyota City.
The competition will feature Club de Fútbol Monterrey of Mexico (CONCACAF Champions League winners), Sport Club Corinthians Paulista of Brazil (CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores winners), Auckland City FC of New Zealand (OFC Champions League winners), Chelsea Football Club of England (UEFA Champions League winners) as well as the winners of this year’s AFC Champions League, the CAF Champions League winners and the champion club from Japan’s J.League, representing the host nation.
In Asia, this week’s semi-final first-leg matches resulted in Al Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) and Ulsan Hyundai (Korea Republic) taking a lead in the race, while Al Ahli (Saudi Arabia) and Bunyodkor (Uzbekistan) will be aiming to overturn the deficit in next week’s second-leg matches and reach next month’s final. In Africa, Espérance Sportive de Tunis (Tunisia) and Al Ahly (Egypt) have reached the final of the CAF Champions League, to be played over two legs in November. The J.League, with five matches left, is now led by Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Vegalta Sendai, both on 54 points. Urawa Reds on 48 points are also firmly in the race.
This year’s FIFA Club World Cup will be an historic event. After IFAB – football’s law-making body – gave the go-ahead in July 2012 for goal-line technology to be used, two different systems are planned to go will be “live” in Japan to help inform the referees whether the ball has crossed the line or not.
For further information on ticket sales, the competition’s match schedule, details of previous FIFA Club World Cups, as well as preview interviews with stars from all of the qualified teams, please visit the competition’s official webpage on FIFA.com by clicking on the relevant link which can be found to your right.