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FIFA confirm first ever Women’s Club World Cup will kick off in 2026

May 15, 2024 6:05 PM IST

FIFA has officially announced the scheduled dates for the inaugural Women’s Club World Cup tournament, slated to take place in January and February of 2026. The tournament’s first edition is expected to feature 16 teams.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino in May 2021 revealed their plans to introduce the Women’s Club World Cup as part of a plan to “revolutionise” the female game.

The Women’s Club World Cup would likely allow top European teams from the UEFA Women’s Champions League to face clubs from the United States’ National Women’s Soccer League, as well as sides from countries where the women’s game is less developed.

FIFA also approved a new calendar with a focus on providing more opportunities for rest and recovery for players and coaches.

“The Women’s International Match Calendar and the subsequent amendments to our regulations represent an important milestone in our pledge to take the women’s game to the next level by enhancing competitiveness across the world,” Infantino said.

Additionally, the FIFA Council formally appointed Mattias Grafstrom as the FIFA Secretary General, having been nominated on an interim basis in October last year.

Specific details regarding the qualification process for teams and the tournament venues have not yet been specified by FIFA.

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