FIFA Club World Cup 2023 Schedule and Format 

The Club World Cup made its debut in 2000, organized by FIFA. Seven teams from six different confederations participated in the tournament. Unfortunately, due to certain reasons, the tournament was not held from 2001 to 2004. However, it resumed in 2005 and has been held annually ever since.

It has been 23 years since the first tournament, and yet we are excited to watch this one of the most watched and prestigious club tournaments again. The 23rd FIFA Club World Cup is scheduled to start on February 2nd with the first round and conclude on Feb 12 with the final.

However, for new fans of the FIFA Club World Cup, the format and schedule of the tournament might be confusing. It is something new that we football fans should know. So, without any more discussion, let’s learn about the format and match schedule of the FIFA Club World Cup 2023.

FIFA Club World Cup 2023 Format

Just like the Fifa World Cup, The FIFA Club World Cup is a popular sport tournament that is held every year. Since the tournament is organized by FIFA, there are some similarities noticeable in the execution of the matches.

But the tournament is typically different from any other Football tournament since seven teams from different leagues get the opportunity to participate and compete. Here is an overview of the format of the FIFA Club World Cup:

The game follows six rounds:

  1. First round.
  2. Second round.
  3. Semi-finals.
  4. The Final.
  5. Fifth-place play-off (Discontinued from 2022).
  6. Third-place play-off.

Here is how all the teams and clubs become a part of the tournament

  • The FIFA Club World Cup involves around seven teams from six confederations competing in a knockout tournament. 
  • Since 2005, new rules and formats have been added and removed from the tournament. Oceanian Champions League winners, the African Champions League winners, the Asian Champions League winners, and the North American Champions League winners compete against each other in the quarter-final. 
  • The winner and runner-up of each group get the chance to advance to the semi-finals. 
  • The winners of the two semi-final rounds then compete in the final to become the FIFA Club World Cup champion. 
  • A match for 3rd place is held right before the final round.

Here are the teams that participate

  1. The host nation’s national league champion
  2. The champion club of each of the six FIFA confederations (AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, OFC, UEFA)
  3. The winner of the previous edition. (If they come from a league that did not qualify a team in the current edition)

FIFA Club World Cup 2023 Schedule

The 2023 FIFA Club World Cup has already had some matches fixed and scheduled for upcoming days. These are the matches scheduled for February 2023:


Match Date Start Time
Al Ahly vs. Auckland City

(First Round Match)

Thu, February 02. 1:00 AM
Wydad AC vs. Al-Hilal

(Second Round Match)

Sat, February 04. 08:30 PM
Seattle Sounders vs. TBD

(Second Round Match)

Sat, February 04. 11:30 PM
Flamengo vs. TBD

(Semi-Final Round Match)

Wed, February 08. 1:00 AM
Real Madrid vs. TBD

(Semi-Final Round Match)

Thu, February 09. 1:00 AM

(Third Place Determination Match)

Sat, February 11. 09:30 PM

(Final Round Match)

Sun, February 12. 1:00 AM

First Round

A match between Al Ahly and Auckland City will take place on Thursday, February 02, 2023, to determine who goes on to face Seattle Sounders in the second round.

Second Round

Wydad AC and Al-Hilal will compete against each other on Saturday, February 04, 2023, for a place in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Sounders will compete on Saturday, February 04, 2023, against the winner of the first round.


Flamengo is set to compete in the semi-final on Wednesday, February 08, 2023. The other team is yet to reveal.

Real Madrid will have the chance to compete in the second semi-final match on Thursday, February 09, 2023. The opponent is yet to reveal in the upcoming days.

Match for 3rd Place

The match for third place will be held a day before the final match on February 11, 2023.


The final match is set to take place on Sunday, February 12, 2023.

Total Participating Players

During the game, we will see eleven players from each team on the field. Two teams will compete against each other in every match. A total of 22 players representing both teams will play in each match. Currently, information such as the names, identities, values, and statistics of 51 players is publicly available.

We will keep you updated as more official information becomes available.


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