With both the EPL and Champion’s League underway, there’s already plenty to be excited about if you’re a fan of overseas football. And there is something else on the horizon that should keep you strapped in front of the TV – the FIFA Club World Cup. But how can you catch all the action in Australia? Find out here.
How to watch the FIFA Club World Cup in Australia
Unfortunately, the FIFA Club World Cup isn’t available to watch in Australia, with Optus Sport no longer holding the broadcasting rights despite hosting the competition for the past two years for Aussies to enjoy. However, SBS has confirmed that they will be broadcasting the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup, which will kick off in late 2022.
When does the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup start?
The FIFA Club World Cup kicks-off on February 3, 2022, with the final to be played on February 12. Below are the matches for the FIFA Club World Cup tournament.
- Match 1: Al Jazira vs AS Pirae – 2:30am (AEST), Friday, February 4
- Match 2: Al Ahly vs Monterrey – 2:30am (AEST), Sunday, February 6
- Match 3: Al Hilal vs Al Jazira – 2:30am (AEST), Monday, February 7
- Match 4: Palmeiras vs Al Ahly – 2:30am (AEST), Wednesday, February 9
- Match 5: Monterrey vs Al Jazira –11:30pm (AEST), Wednesday, February 9
- Match 6: Al Hilal vs Chelsea – 2:30am (AEST), Thursday, February 10
- Match 7: Match 6 Loser vs Match 4 Loser – 11:00pm (AEST), Saturday, February 12
- Match 8: (Grand Final): Match 6 Winner vs Match 4 Winner – 2:30am (AEST), Sunday, February 13
What is the FIFA Club World Cup?
While not one of the most talked about competitions, the FIFA Club World Cup is another chance for clubs to take home a piece of silverware. Starting back in 2000, the FIFA Club World Cup sees seven teams from around the world – six of which are champions of their own confederation, and one from the host nation – compete, with the 2021 tournament hosted in the United Arab Emirates.
Teams competing in the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup are:
- Palmeiras (CONMEBOL Confederation) – Winners of the 2021 Copa Libertadores
- Chelsea (UEFA Confederation) – Winners of the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League
- Al Hilal (AFC Confederation) – Winners of the 2021 AFC Champions League
- Al Ahly (CAF Confederation) – Winners of the 2020-21 CAF Champions League
- Monterrey (CONCACAF Confederation) – Winners of the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League
- Auckland City (OFC Confederation) – Nominated by the OFC
- Al Jazira (AFC/Host Nation) – Winners of the 2020-21 Qatar Stars League
Note: Auckland City has withdrawn from the competition, with AS Pirae of the Tahiti Division Federale competition replacing them.
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