When will Liverpool play in the Club World Cup? All you need to know 2

Find out the date and details of the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup.

When and where is the 2019 Club World Cup being played?

UEFA will announce on Monday, June 3 which nation will host the 2019 and 2020 editions. 

It is played in mid-December, with the exact dates to be confirmed.

Who is in the Club World Cup?

It features the continental champions of Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, Concacaf and Oceania, plus the champions of the host country.

The confirmed qualifiers so far are:

Europe: Liverpool (England), Champions League winners
Africa: Esperance Sportive de Tunis (Tunisia), CAF Champions League winners
Concacaf: Monterrey (Mexico), CONCACAF Champions League winners
Oceania: Hienghene Sport (New Caledonia), OFC Champions League winners

Still to be decided:

Asia: AFC Champions League winners will be known on Nov. 24
South America: Copa Libertadores winners will be known on Nov. 23
Host team: TBC

What is the format of the Club World Cup?

Playoff round: Hienghene Sport will play the champions of the host nation to make the competition proper.

Quarterfinals: Esperance Sportive de Tunis, Monterrey and the AFC Champions League winners enter at this stage, joined by the winners of the playoff round.

Fifth-place playoff: The two losing quarterfinalists meet.

Semifinals: Liverpool and the winners of the Copa Libertadores enter at this stage, and will be each drawn to play the winners of one of the quarterfinal ties. 

Final: The two winners from the semifinals play for the trophy.

But hasn’t FIFA making the Club World Cup bigger?

Yes, FIFA plans to make the Club World Cup a much bigger tournament, featuring 24 teams, but this is not planned to happen until 2021. However, Europe’s top clubs have threatened to boycott the expanded competition.  

The Club World Cup will continue in its current format in 2019 and 2020.

What happens to Liverpool’s Premier League fixtures?

Liverpool will have to take a break from their domestic Premier League games to travel for the Club World Cup. 

Based on the Club World Cup schedule from 2018, Liverpool will miss the round of games on Dec. 21 (with the Club World Cup final on Dec. 22). They would return to Premier League action on Boxing Day, Dec. 26.

The break didn’t do Chelsea any harm in 2012-13. The beat Aston Villa 8-0 in their first match back in England. 

Liverpool will have to rearrange the one game they skip, which will likely be played in the New Year due to the Champions League match schedule beforehand. The Premier League fixtures will be published on June 13.  

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