according to a report by rob harris of the associated press, fifa will meet this week to confirm that china will host the newly revamped club world cup in 2021. the 2021 edition would expand the field from 7 teams to 24 , and would be held every 4 years in the future. the 2019 and 2020 tournaments will be held in qatar and will be the last in the current format.
Fifa will also confirm the qualification procedures for the teams from each confederation when they meet. one of the main caps is a cap on the number of teams from a single country that can qualify for the 24-team field. that means some regional competition winners who come from one country may be excluded as fifa and confederations prefer a maximum of 2 teams from a particular country to play.
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The number of places that each confederation is expected to have in this tournament are:
coffee – 3
oceanian/csl champion – 1
Each of the confederations will have their own qualification procedures. In CONCACAF, there could be a chance for a major league soccer team from the United States or Canada to qualify. A team from Mexico has won all 11 CONCACAF Nations League titles, and all but 3 finals have been exclusively Mexican. The 2021 Champions League finalists will qualify for the 2021 Club World Cup, with a third place yet to be determined. however, with concacaf limiting the number of teams from a nation that can qualify to 2, mls should look to 2021 to find a way to become competitive in the region and advance to the champions league final or semifinal to have the chance to qualify. no mls team has ever participated in the current format of the club world cup.
in europe, all champions league and europa league winners from 2018 to 2021 will qualify, but a winner from spain or england, for example, could miss out. real madrid and atletico de madrid won the 2018 champions league and europa league, respectively, while liverpool and chelsea were the 2019 champions. if uefa sets a maximum number of teams at 2, that would mean some non-winners They will be invited to the club world cup. this is also possible if a team wins multiple competitions in that four year span.
Four of the South American berths are awarded to the winners of the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana from 2019 and 2020. The AP was unable to confirm how the last two Conmebol berths would be determined.
asia will have the 2019 and 2020 afc champions league winners through, and the runners-up from those two years will have a playoff for third place. if a winner repeats or a country reaches its maximum of 2 teams, there will be play-offs between the semi-finalists from those two years to fill the slots.
Africa will simply have the 2021 caf champions league finalists qualify directly, with that year’s semi-finalists competing in a third place play-off (assuming a maximum of 2 teams per nation is not reached) .
The winner of the Oceania Champions League will play the Chinese Super League champion to determine the final spot, leaving Oceania the only confederation without a guaranteed place in the new Club World Cup. The 2021 Club World Cup is expected to take place from June 17 to July 4, 2021, which will replace the Confederations Cup. The 2021 Gold Cup and the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will return to July under the proposal.
mls will have 5 more teams qualifying for the 2020 concacaf champions league with a chance to advance to the final club world cup under the current format. The Montreal Impact will represent Canada in the competition as the Canadian Championship winners, while the Los Angeles Football Club, Atlanta United, New York City FC and the Seattle Sounders will represent the United States. still, when the big tournament is confirmed, all eyes will turn to concacaf to determine which teams will have the opportunity to travel to china in 2021 to represent the region against the best collection of clubs in the world.