FIFA Announces Launch Date for First Women’s Club World Cup in January 2026

In 2026, FIFA will launch the first-ever Women’s Club World Cup tournament, which will feature 16 teams. The qualification process and the location of the games have not yet been specified. Barcelona and Lyon, the top-ranked European teams with a combined total of 10 Champions League titles since 2011, are set to meet in the next final on May 25 in Bilbao, Spain.

On the other hand, a new men’s Club World Cup will make its debut in June-July next year in the United States. Teams will qualify for this tournament by winning or consistently performing well in continental championships through 2024. The inaugural men’s edition will include 12 European teams and six teams from South America.

FIFA has been focusing on developing women’s soccer and has made launching a global club tournament a key part of its strategy since Gianni Infantino became president in 2016. The women’s Club World Cup is expected to be held every four years, similar to the men’s edition. In between those years, an “additional FIFA women’s club competition” is proposed to be organized. Additionally, FIFA plans to launch an annual “Intercontinental Cup” in December featuring only the champions of the six men’s continental competitions, such as the Champions League in Europe.

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