International Association Football Federation, FIFA announced today that the next edition of the FIFA Club World Cup 2023 will be held in Saudi Arabia, from 12-22 December 2023, and will become the 7th country to host the tournament since its inception in 2000.
Hosting the tournament that brings together the continental champions clubs is an extension of the series of major sporting events that were held in Saudi Arabia, and a reinforcement of the great momentum that Saudi sport enjoys today,
“We are proud of this hosting, and we welcome the most powerful football clubs in the world and their fans in the Kingdom and abroad, in this hosting, which is a continuation of the international sporting events that it is witnessing.” His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Sports and Chairman of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee said
“Saudi Arabia, thanks to the unprecedented support that we enjoy from our wise leadership, and the direct interest of His Highness, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – may God protect him – who stands behind all these global hosting and events for which the Kingdom has become a headquarters.”
“Today, the Kingdom is taking an important step forward in the journey of transformation in the field of football, and we are confident that everyone will live the reality of the progress that has been achieved in our country at various levels.”
For his part, Yasser Al-Mishal, President of the Saudi Football Association and a member of the FIFA Council, said
“Today, Saudi football is witnessing unprecedented growth, and it has become the focus of the world’s attention as a result of the keenness of our wise leadership and the great support of His Highness, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The strong tournament is very popular around the world, and always carries competition and excitement, in addition to recording many surprises and historical moments since its inception. I would also like to thank FIFA for their confidence in us in presenting an exceptional version of this world championship.”
Saudi Arabia’s choice to host the FIFA Club World Cup 2023 is the latest milestone in the development of Saudi football, which comes after Saudi Arabia’s decision to host the AFC Asian Cup 2027, while the Kingdom also submitted the file to host the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2026.
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