FIFA announced on Monday: the next Club World Cup will be held from February 3 to 12, 2022 in the United Arab Emirates.

It was initially to be organized in Japan in December 2021. The relocation of this tournament had been known since October, but the body had not yet determined the dates to decide between the seven participants, that is to say a representative of the host country and the champions of each. confederation.

The draw, held this Monday at 5 p.m., will determine the eight games of this competition in full transition, which was supposed to increase to 24 teams this year before the health crisis upsets FIFA's plans.

Among the clubs involved are Chelsea, winner of the Champions League, Brazilian club Palmeiras, which has just won a second consecutive Copa Libertadores, Mexicans Monterrey and Egyptian club Al-Ahly.

The Saudis of Al Hilal complete the field, alongside their Emirati neighbors of Al Jazeera and the New Zealand formation of Auckland.

Qatar hosted the previous edition at the start of the year, won by Bayern Munich, which was already supposed to be held in December 2020 and had been postponed for two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dates set for the play-offs for the 2022 World Cup

Fifa has also announced the holding from March 14 to 30, 2022 of a qualifying tournament for the 2022 World Cup for the Oceania zone, which will bring together eight teams in Qatar and will award a ticket for a play-off match in June 2022.

This play-off on a match between the Oceanian representative and a team that finished 4th in qualifying in the CONCACAF zone, as well as that planned between the team ranked 5th in the playoffs in South America and a nation from the Asia zone, should also take place. to be held in Qatar on June 13 and 14.

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