This year’s FIFA Club World Cup will kick off on 11 December, with the champions being crowned on 21 December. The dates of the tournament taking place in Qatar were confirmed on 25 July by the Bureau of the FIFA Council. In its current format featuring seven teams, the FIFA Club World Cup will again consist of eight matches, with the draw that will determine the pairings for the second-round matches and the semi-finals taking place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on 16 September.
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 Club World Cup Qatar 2019, 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 on 11 December.
The winners of the first-round match and the representatives of the AFC, CAF and Concacaf, who will be drawn in no particular order as teams A, B, C and D, will contest the second round. The second‑round winners will face the UEFA or CONMEBOL representatives in the semi-finals, with the respective pairings having been previously defined by the draw.
The stadiums hosting the tournament, as well as the kick-off times, will be announced in due course and followed by the relevant ticketing information on FIFA.com/tickets.
First round Match 1 Al Sadd SC v. Hienghène Sport (11 December)
Second round Match 2 Team A v. Team B (14 December) Match 3 Team C v. Team DD (14 December)
Play-off for 5th place and semi-final matches Match 4 Play-off for 5th place (17 December) Match 5 CONMEBOL representatives v. winners M2 or winners M3 (17 December) Match 6 Winners M2 or winners M3 v. Liverpool FC (18 December)
Play-off for 3rd place and final match Match 7 Play-off for 3rd place (21 December) Match 8 Final (21 December)
Participation of Al Sadd SC depends on the AFC Champions League outcome, as described above.
Teams A, B, C and D will be drawn between CF Monterrey, the AFC and CAF representatives, and the winners of match 1. The pairings for matches 2, 3, 5 and 6 will therefore be determined by the draw.