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2018 FIFA Club World Cup

2018 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018
presented by Alibaba Cloud
كأس العالم للأندية لكرة القدم
الإمارات العربية المتحدة 2018
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Tournament details
Host country United Arab Emirates
Dates 12–22 December
Teams 7 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 2 (in 2 host cities)
2017

The 2018 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 presented by Alibaba Cloud for sponsorship reasons)[1] is the 15th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament between the champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations, as well as the national league champion from the host country.[2] The tournament will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates from 12 to 22 December 2018.[3][4]

Real Madrid are the defending champions, having won the last two editions, and have qualified for this edition as well.

Host bids

The application process for the 2017–2018 as well as the 2015–2016 editions, i.e. two hosts, each hosting two years, began in February 2014.[5] Member associations interested in hosting must submit a declaration of interest by 30 March 2014, and provide the complete set of bidding documents by 25 August 2014.[6] The FIFA Executive Committee was to select the hosts at their meeting in Morocco in December 2014,[7] but the final decision was delayed until the FIFA's executive committee meetings on 19–20 March 2015.[8]

The following countries expressed an interest in bidding to host the tournament:[9]

The United Arab Emirates was officially announced as hosts of the 2017 and 2018 tournaments on 21 March 2015.[3]

Qualified teams

The following teams have qualified for the tournament.

Location of teams of the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup.
Team Confederation Qualification Qualified date Participation (bold indicates winners)
Enter in the semi-finals
TBD CONMEBOL Winners of the 2018 Copa Libertadores 28 November 2018
Spain Real MadridTH UEFA Winners of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League[10] 26 May 2018 5th (Previous: 2000, 2014, 2016, 2017)
Enter in the second round
TBD AFC Winners of the 2018 AFC Champions League 10 November 2018
TBD CAF Winners of the 2018 CAF Champions League 9 November 2018
Mexico Guadalajara CONCACAF Winners of the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League[11] 25 April 2018 1st
Enter in the first round
New Zealand Team Wellington OFC Winners of the 2018 OFC Champions League[12] 20 May 2018 1st
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain AFC (Hosts) Winners of the 2017–18 UAE Pro-League[13] 14 May 2018[note 1] 1st
Notes
  1. ^ Al-Ain won the 2017–18 UAE Pro-League on 21 April 2018. Their participation in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup was officially confirmed after Al-Jazira became the last team from UAE other than Al-Ain to be eliminated from the 2018 AFC Champions League. Al-Ain themselves were eliminated from the 2018 AFC Champions League on 15 May 2018, thereby confirming them entering the first round.

Teams in contention

AFC berth

Winners of the 2018 AFC Champions League

Teams qualified for the semi-finals

CAF berth

Winners of the 2018 CAF Champions League

Teams qualified for the semi-finals

CONMEBOL berth

Winners of the 2018 Copa Libertadores

Teams qualified for the semi-finals

Venues

The two venues are the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi and the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.

Abu Dhabi Al Ain
Zayed Sports City Stadium Hazza bin Zayed Stadium
24°24′57.92″N 54°27′12.93″E / 24.4160889°N 54.4535917°E / 24.4160889; 54.4535917 (Zayed Sports City Stadium) 24°14′44.14″N 55°42′59.7″E / 24.2455944°N 55.716583°E / 24.2455944; 55.716583 (Hazza bin Zayed Stadium)
Capacity: 43,000 Capacity: 22,717
Gulf Cup (36).jpg Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium-1600x508.jpg
2018 FIFA Club World Cup (United Arab Emirates)

Match officials

A total of six referees, twelve assistant referees, and six video assistant referees were appointed for the tournament.[14][15]

Confederation Referee Assistant referees Video assistant referee
AFC Japan Ryuji Sato Japan Toru Sagara
Japan Hiroshi Yamauchi
United Arab Emirates Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed
CAF Algeria Mehdi Abid Charef Algeria Abdelhak Etchiali
Tunisia Anouar Hmila
CONCACAF United States Jair Marrufo United States Frank Anderson
United States Corey Rockwell
United States Mark Geiger
CONMEBOL Brazil Wilton Sampaio Brazil Rodrigo Figueiredo
Brazil Bruno Boschilia
Argentina Mauro Vigliano
OFC New Zealand Matthew Conger Tonga Tevita Makasini
New Zealand Mark Rule
UEFA Italy Gianluca Rocchi Italy Elenito Di Liberatore
Italy Mauro Tonolini
Poland Paweł Gil
Italy Massimiliano Irrati
Netherlands Danny Makkelie

Squads

Each team have to name a 23-man squad (three of whom must be goalkeepers). Injury replacements are allowed until 24 hours before the team's first match.[2]

Matches

The draw of the tournament was held on 4 September 2018, 10:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the FIFA Headquarters in Zürich, to decide the matchups of the second round (between the first round winner and teams from AFC, CAF, and CONCACAF), and the opponents of the two second round winners in the semi-finals (teams from CONMEBOL and UEFA).[16] At the time of the draw, the identity of the teams from AFC, CAF, and CONMEBOL were not known.[17][18]

If a match is tied after normal playing time:[2]

  • For elimination matches, extra time is played. If still tied after extra time, a penalty shoot-out is held to determine the winner.
  • For the matches for fifth place and third place, no extra time is played, and a penalty shoot-out is held to determine the winner.
Play-off Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 12 December – Al Ain                          
 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain     15 December – Al Ain        
 New Zealand Team Wellington         CAF  
18 December – Al Ain
    Winner Match 1      
  CONMEBOL  
      Winner Match 2    
22 December – Abu Dhabi
  Winner Match 6  
15 December – Al Ain
    Winner Match 5  
  AFC  
19 December – Abu Dhabi
 Mexico Guadalajara      
  Winner Match 3  
Fifth place Third place
     Spain Real Madrid    
  Loser Match 2     Loser Match 6  
  Loser Match 3     Loser Match 5  
18 December – Al Ain 22 December – Abu Dhabi

All times are local, GST (UTC+4).[19]

First round

Al-Ain United Arab EmiratesMatch 1New Zealand Team Wellington
Report

Second round

CAF Match 2 Winner Match 1
Report

AFC Match 3Mexico Guadalajara
Report

Match for fifth place

Loser Match 2 Match 4 Loser Match 3
Report

Semi-finals

CONMEBOL Match 5 Winner Match 2
Report

Winner Match 3 Match 6Spain Real Madrid
Report

Match for third place

Loser Match 6 Match 7 Loser Match 5
Report

Final

Winner Match 6 Match 8 Winner Match 5
Report

References

  1. ^ "Alibaba E-Auto signs as Presenting Partner of the FIFA Club World Cup". FIFA.com. 9 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Regulations FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018" (PDF). FIFA.com.
  3. ^ a b "2022 FIFA World Cup to be played in November/December". FIFA.com. 21 March 2015.
  4. ^ "OC for FIFA Competitions approves procedures for the Final Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup". FIFA.com. 14 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Blatter: A legacy for the future". FIFA.com. 19 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Bidding process opened for eight FIFA competitions". FIFA.com. 19 December 2013.
  7. ^ "India may get to host FIFA Club World Cup". India.com. 15 October 2014.
  8. ^ "FIFA Executive committee meeting agenda now available". FIFA. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  9. ^ "High interest in hosting FIFA competitions". FIFA.com. 9 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Real Madrid make it three in a row". FIFA.com. 26 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Chivas claim continental glory to end five-decade drought". FIFA.com. 26 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Team Wellington crowned continental kings, earn Club World Cup berth". FIFA.com. 20 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Al Ain book UAE 2018 berth". FIFA.com. 22 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Match officials for UAE 2018 appointed". FIFA.com. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Referees, Assistant Referees & VAR for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018" (PDF). FIFA.com. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Draw shows path to Club World Cup title". FIFA.com. 4 September 2018.
  17. ^ "The FIFA Club World Cup draw explained". FIFA.com. 31 August 2018.
  18. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 - Official Draw". YouTube. 4 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Match Schedule FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018" (PDF). FIFA.com.

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