Abu Dhabi confirmed to host 2021 FIFA Club World Cup

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The UAE’s capital will be home to the tournament next year

By Heather CichowskiOctober 24, 2021
Score! Abu Dhabi is definitely the place to be. There is already so much happening in the capital right now and things are getting even more thrilling because Abu Dhabi has been officially confirmed to host the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup!

Football fans will be able to enjoy all of the excitement of the tournament when it comes to Abu Dhabi next year. This will mark the fifth time that the capital of the UAE has staged the FIFA Club World Cup. Abu Dhabi was previously hosted in 2009, 2010, 2017 and most recently in 2018.

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The 2021 FIFA Club World Cup tournament will feature a total of six continental club champions.

No specific date was revealed in the online press conference for the tournament, but the UAE Football Association and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council stated it will be “early next year”. IFA president Gianni Infantino explained that fans can look forward to the event in “early 2022” after Japan withdrew from its hosting duties due to COVID-19.

“We are absolutely delighted to host the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi for the fifth time,” said HE Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council.“ It goes without saying the competition brings both the fan-favourite clubs and players from around the world.