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|FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018|
presented by Alibaba Cloud
كأس العالم للأندية لكرة القدم
الإمارات العربية المتحدة 2018
|Host country||United Arab Emirates|
|Teams||7 (from 6 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
The 2018 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 presented by Alibaba Cloud for sponsorship reasons) 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. The tournament will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates from 12 to 22 December 2018.
Real Madrid are the defending champions, having won the last two editions, and have qualified for this edition as well.
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. 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. The FIFA Executive Committee was to select the hosts at their meeting in Morocco in December 2014, but the final decision was delayed until the FIFA's executive committee meetings on 19–20 March 2015.
The following countries expressed an interest in bidding to host the tournament:
The following teams have qualified for the tournament.
|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|
|Real MadridTH||UEFA||Winners of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League||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|
|Guadalajara||CONCACAF||Winners of the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League||25 April 2018||1st|
|Enter in the first round|
|Team Wellington||OFC||Winners of the 2018 OFC Champions League||20 May 2018||1st|
|Al-Ain||AFC (Hosts)||Winners of the 2017–18 UAE Pro-League||14 May 2018[note 1]||1st|
Winners of the 2018 AFC Champions League
Winners of the 2018 CAF Champions League
Winners of the 2018 Copa Libertadores
|Abu Dhabi||Al Ain|
|Zayed Sports City Stadium||Hazza bin Zayed Stadium|
|Capacity: 43,000||Capacity: 22,717|
|Confederation||Referee||Assistant referees||Video assistant referee|
|AFC||Ryuji Sato|| Toru Sagara
|Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed|
|CAF||Mehdi Abid Charef|| Abdelhak Etchiali
|CONCACAF||Jair Marrufo|| Frank Anderson
|CONMEBOL||Wilton Sampaio|| Rodrigo Figueiredo
|OFC||Matthew Conger|| Tevita Makasini
|UEFA||Gianluca Rocchi|| Elenito Di Liberatore
| Paweł Gil|
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.
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). At the time of the draw, the identity of the teams from AFC, CAF, and CONMEBOL were not known.
If a match is tied after normal playing time:
|12 December – Al Ain|
|Al-Ain||15 December – Al Ain|
|18 December – Al Ain|
|Winner Match 1|
|Winner Match 2|
|22 December – Abu Dhabi|
|Winner Match 6|
|15 December – Al Ain|
|Winner Match 5|
|19 December – Abu Dhabi|
|Winner Match 3|
|Fifth place||Third place|
|Loser Match 2||Loser Match 6|
|Loser Match 3||Loser Match 5|
|18 December – Al Ain||22 December – Abu Dhabi|