Both the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) and the International Association Football Federation (FIFA) agreed Monday that the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup will be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The decision came after a FIFA mission visited Jeddah to review continuing preparations for the event, which is set to take place from December 12 to 22.
“We are delighted that Jeddah has been chosen as the host city for the FIFA Club World Cup, with its cutting-edge facilities and reputation for hosting major international sporting events,” said Yasser Al Misehal, President of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.
“Sport is a key driver of Saudi Arabia’s ongoing transformation under Vision 2030, which has established the Kingdom as one of the world’s fastest growing and most exciting countries in sport,” he said.
This will be Saudi Arabia’s first FIFA Club World Cup competition.
The Club World Cup was founded in 2000 and was last won by Real Madrid in 2022.
The competition features the winners of the AFC Champions League (Asia), CAF Champions League (Africa), CONCACAF Champions Cup (North, Central America, and the Caribbean), CONMEBOL Libertadores (South America), OFC Champions League (Oceania), and UEFA Champions League (Europe), as well as the national champions of the host nation.