FIFA Club World Cup: Qualified teams, fixtures, dates & prize money

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • Updated: 20 Jun 2024 06:33 CDT
  • 5 min read
Erling Haaland, Jude Bellingham, 2023/24
© IMAGO

The 2025 Club World Cup will mark a new era in the tournament’s history, with an all-new format set to take centre stage.

FIFA had originally planned for the new iteration of the Club World Cup to begin in 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed proceedings. It has now been scheduled to debut in June 2025.

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The tournament will feature several major changes from the current Club World Cup format, most notably the fact it will now take place once every four years. The tournament was previously held annually.

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Furthermore, it will feature 32 teams, rather than the previous seven.

The tournament will effectively replace the FIFA Confederations Cup, which was last held in 2017. The main difference is, of course, the fact that the Club World Cup will feature club sides, while the Confederations Cup saw national teams compete.

Europe will have the most teams in action at the 2024 Club World Cup, with 12 clubs from the continent taking part. The four most recent Champions League winners have qualified, while the remaining eight spots have been determined by a FIFA ranking.

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What is the FIFA Club World Cup?

The FIFA Club World Cup is a tournament that will see the best teams from across the world compete on a global stage. 32 teams will face off in a World Cup-esque tournament to determine the best club side in world football.

It will be held once every four years, with clubs from every confederation set to take part.

Cole Palmer's Chelsea will compete at the 2025 Club World Cup
© IMAGO - Cole Palmer's Chelsea will compete at the 2025 Club World Cup

When is the 2025 Club World Cup?

The 2025 Club World Cup will take place from 15 June to 13 July.

Where is the tournament being hosted?

The first edition of the new-look Club World Cup will be held in the United States of America.

How do teams qualify for the 2025 Club World Cup?

A total of 32 teams will compete at the 2025 Club World Cup, with several different qualification methods possible.

- Africa: 4 CAF teams. Three via champions pathway (CAF Champions League) and one via ranking pathway.

- Asia: 4 AFC teams. Three via champions pathway (AFC Champions League) and one via ranking pathway.

- Europe: 12 UEFA teams. Four via champions pathway (UEFA Champions League) and eight via ranking pathway.

- North and Central America, Caribbean: 4 Concacaf teams. All via champions pathway (Concacaf Champions Cup).

- Oceania: 1 OFC team. Via ranking pathway.

- South America: 6 CONMEBOL teams. Four via champions pathway (CONMEBOL Libertadores) and two via ranking pathway.

- Host country: 1 team.

Which teams have qualified?

Of the 32 teams set to compete at the 2025 Club World Cup, 29 have already booked their place at the tournament.

2025 Club World Cup qualified teams

ClubCountry
Al AhlyEgypt
Wydad ACMorocco
ES TunisTunisia
Mamelodi SundownsSouth Africa
Al-HilalSaudi Arabia
Urawa Red DiamondsJapan
Al-AinUAE
Ulsan HDSouth Korea
ChelseaEngland
Real MadridSpain
Man CityEngland
Bayern MunichGermany
PSGFrance
InterItaly
PortoPortugal
BenficaPortugal
Borussia DortmundGermany
JuventusItaly
Atletico MadridSpain
RB SalzburgAustria
MonterreyMexico
Seattle SoundersUSA
Club LeonMexico
PachucaMexico
Auckland CityNew Zealand
PalmeirasBrazil
FlamengoBrazil
FluminenseBrazil
River PlateArgentina

Club World Cup: Groups and fixtures

(explain a bit about format here too e.g 3 points for a win etc)

The 2025 Club World Cup will have the same structure as the FIFA World Cup, with the exception of the third-place play-off.

The 32 teams will be split into eight groups of four and they will each play three group stage matches.

Rodri will be hoping to win the 2025 Club World Cup
© IMAGO - Rodri will be hoping to win the 2025 Club World Cup

Each team will earn three points for a group stage win, one point for a group stage draw and zero points for a group stage loss. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the round of 16.

Teams will then play single-leg knockout matches from the last-16 until the final. There will be no third-place play-off.

Prize money

The rumoured prize pot stands at €2.5 billion. Clubs will reportedly receive €50 million for securing qualification to the tournament, while the eventual winners will earn €100m.

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