FIFA confirm Saudi Arabia's Jeddah as host for Club World Cup 2023

Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 26 Jun 2023

FIFA has announced that the Saudi city of Jeddah will host the FIFA Club World Cup 2023, set to take place from 12 to 22 December.

Club World Cup 2023
Club World Cup 2023. FIFA

 

The decision was made after a FIFA delegation visited Jeddah to assess key athletic infrastructure, including the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium and the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, as well as the proposed training and accommodation facilities.

This is the first time that Saudi Arabia will host the prestigious tournament, and the President of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, Yasser Al Misehal, expressed his satisfaction at the news.

"We are delighted that Jeddah, with its state-of-the-art facilities and reputation for hosting major international sports events, has been selected as host city for the FIFA Club World Cup," he said.

Al Misehal also highlighted the role of sports in Saudi Arabia's development as part of Vision 2030.

"Sport is a key driver of Saudi Arabia's ongoing transformation under Vision 2030, which has established the Kingdom as one of the fastest growing and most exciting countries in world sport," he said.

"We believe hosting international events like the FIFA Club World Cup provides an opportunity to grow the game further and inspire new and existing fans, while showcasing to the world Saudi's hospitable culture and huge passion for football." The SAFF said.

The FIFA Club World Cup is an international men's association football competition organized by FIFA. The first edition took place in Brazil in 2000, followed by a four-year hiatus.

Since 2005, it has been held annually and has been hosted by Brazil, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Qatar.

Real Madrid holds the record for the most titles, having won the competition in five editions.

The club Auckland City from New Zealand has participated in the most different tournaments (ten times), while Egypt's Ahly has played the most matches in the competition, with 22 games under their belt.

"We are ready to deliver an exceptional tournament and an unforgettable experience for players and fans," Al Misehal said.

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