FIFA announces date for inaugural Women’s Club World Cup, set to kick off in January 2026.

The FIFA World Cup for women’s soccer is finally set to take place in January and February of 2026. This tournament will include 16 teams, but the specific details on how teams will qualify or where the matches will be held have not been revealed by FIFA’s ruling council yet.

On the other hand, the men’s edition of the Club World Cup is already scheduled to debut in June and July of next year in the United States. Teams will qualify for this tournament by winning or consistently performing well in continental championships through 2024. The first men’s edition will feature 12 European teams and six from South America.

FIFA has prioritized the development of women’s soccer since Gianni Infantino became president in 2016. As a result, the Women’s Club World Cup will be held every four years, similar to the men’s edition, with plans for an additional women’s club competition to be organized in the intervening years. In addition to this, FIFA plans to launch an annual Intercontinental Cup in December, featuring only the champions of the six men’s continental competitions, including the Champions League in Europe.

Barcelona and Lyon are among Europe’s top-ranked teams in women’s soccer, having won a combined 10 Champions League titles since 2011. These two teams are set to face each other in the upcoming final on May 25 in Bilbao, Spain.

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