FIFA Club World Cup’s future in doubt with tournament to clash with Euros and


FIFA Club World Cup’s future in doubt with tournament to clash with Euros and the Copa America after both were pushed back until the summer of 2021

The FIFA Club World Cup’s future is now in doubt after the European Championships and the Copa America were pushed back to the summer of 2021.

FIFA’s competition was meant to be played in a new, expanded format between mid-June and the start of July of next summer, with 24 teams from six confederations taking part.

But with both the Euros and Copa America being pushed back, there will now be doubts over its viability.

Liverpool are the holders of the FIFA Club World Cup after beating Flamengo in last year's final

Liverpool are the holders of the FIFA Club World Cup after beating Flamengo in last year’s final

UEFA officially announced on Tuesday afternoon that Euro 2020 would be pushed back a year.

The Copa America is also set to be played in the same time frame rather than at the end of the current season. 

That means it is unlikely that the Club World Cup — which was meant to be hosted in China — can be at the same time of the year. It might mean the tournament has to be postponed.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has initially suggested the FIFA Club World Cup should be moved to later in 2021, 2022 and even 2023 due to the restructured football calendar. He stated the suggestion in an email.

The coronavirus crisis has decimated the global sporting calendar, including domestic, European and international action, and UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin held a series of conference calls on Tuesday to help chart a course for the future of football.

On Tuesday afternoon, UEFA released a statement regarding the Euro 2020 postponement, insisting they are giving priority to ‘completing domestic competitions’ before admitting all club and national fixtures for both men and women ‘have been put on hold until further notice’. 

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin held a series of conference calls throughout Tuesday

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin held a series of conference calls throughout Tuesday

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