Club World Cup: The United States to host expanded 32-team Club World Cup in 2025

The United States will host an expanded Club World Cup featuring 32 men's teams in 2025, Fifa has announced.

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The United States will host Fifa's first expanded Club World Cup in 2025, football's global governing body has announced. Fifa's president, Gianni Infantino, confirmed the 32-team tournament on the eve of the 2022 World Cup final.

Among the participants will be 12 European clubs, including the Champions League winners from 2021-24, meaning Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City have qualified. The remaining European clubs will be determined by a ranking based on the same four-year period.

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Manchester City have also qualified for the CWC in 2025 (Image- Manchester City)

Fifa president Gianni Infantino says the competition will be "the pinnacle" of elite men's club football.

Twelve European clubs will feature, including the past three Champions League winners Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City.

Dates for the tournament are yet to be confirmed but it is expected that it will be played in June.

The USA will also co-host the 2026 World Cup alongside Canada and Mexico.

The European Club Association has backed the plans but the World Leagues Forum expressed concern over the "unilateral" decision of football's world governing body to put the new event in the calendar.

The 20th edition of the Club World Cup, which runs from 12-22 December 2023, will be hosted by Saudi Arabia.

Real Madrid won the last edition, which was held in Morocco in February. The African country also hosted the event in 2013 and 2014, and it has also been held in Brazil, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

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