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FIFA Council Appoints Qatar As Host Of The FIFA Club World Cup In 2019 and 2020

In the lead-up to the 69th FIFA Congress and the opening of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, the members of the FIFA Council convened in Paris today for meeting no. 10 of the decision-making body.

Following the approval of a revamped FIFA Club World Cup with 24 teams, the pilot edition of which will be played in 2021, the FIFA Council decided to award Qatar the right to host the next two editions of the tournament in its existing format in 2019 and 2020.

The upcoming editions of the seven-team competition will serve as valuable test events in the build-up to the FIFA World Cup 2022™, even more so since their timing – usually around early December – corresponds with that of the next FIFA World Cup™, allowing for testing under similar climatic conditions.

In regard to the pilot edition of the expanded FIFA Club World Cup in 2021, the FIFA administration will analyse and proactively approach potential hosts before making a recommendation at the next FIFA Council meeting, in Shanghai, China PR, on 23 and 24 October.

The key decisions taken by the FIFA Council at meeting no. 10 included:

Decision to lift the suspension of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) with immediate effect, after the High Court of Sierra Leone acquitted the SLFA President and the SLFA General Secretary of all charges on 27 May, which ensured that the recognised leadership has full control of the member association again.

Following a proposal from Senior Vice-President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al‑Khalifa, the FIFA Council unanimously agreed to submit a proposal to the Congress to amend the FIFA Statutes. This statutory amendment, which is already largely applied at confederation level (e.g. the AFC, CAF, Concacaf, UEFA), would allow the Congress to decide to elect the President by acclamation when there is only one candidate.