FIFA Club World Cup debutants Al Ain FC (UAE) and Team Wellington FC (NZL) to play in opening match

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The path to winning the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 has been set following the Official Draw, which took place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, today.

Taking place this year from 12 to 22 December, the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 will bring together the six continental club champions and UAE Pro-League winners Al Ain FC to compete for one of club football’s top international prizes.

Following today’s Official Draw – which was overseen by Jaime Yarza (Head of FIFA Tournaments) with the assistance of FIFA Legend Esteban Cambiasso – the route to becoming this year’s FIFA Club World Cup champions has now been confirmed for the seven teams taking part in this year’s tournament.  

FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Official Draw

Second round

  • CAF Winner  v.  Al Ain FC / Team Wellington FC
  • AFC Winner  v.   CD Guadalajara

Semi-final

  • CONMEBOL Winner  v.   CAF Winner / Al Ain FC / Team Wellington FC
  • AFC Winner / CD Guadalajara  v.  Real Madrid CF

Al Ain FC from UAE and Team Wellington FC from New Zealand will make their FIFA Club World Cup debuts in the opening match at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium on 12 December, with the second-round matches taking place on 15 December.

Real Madrid CF will enter the competition at the semi-final stage and play the winners of the match between the club champions of Asia and CD Guadalajara at Zayed Sports City Stadium on 19 December.

The CONMEBOL representatives (the winners of the 2018 Copa Libertadores in November) will play the winners of match between African club champions and the winner match one between Al Ain FC and Team Wellington FC. The FIFA Club World Cup final will take place at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 22 December.

The full match schedule will be completed in November after the final three continental champions from the AFC, CAF and CONMEBOL have been confirmed.

Tickets for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 are now available. For more information on ticket prices and hospitality packages, please click HERE.

Speaking at today’s draw, Esteban Cambiasso, a FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2010 winner with Internazionale, said:

“Playing in the FIFA Club World Cup is a fantastic experience: to see fans from different continents coming together to support their teams after a successful season creates a thrilling atmosphere.”

Fatma Samoura, FIFA Secretary General said:

“There is something extraordinarily gratifying about gathering the reigning champions from each confederation — and their tales of hard work to achieve continental success. FIFA is committed to fostering club football and its overwhelming global presence, and there is no better platform for that than the FIFA Club World Cup.”

H.E. Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, Chairman of the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC), added:

“We are excited to be hosting the world’s premier club tournament once again. The FIFA Club World Cup is the pinnacle of global professional club football, with the best teams from six continents and the region coming to Al Ain and Abu Dhabi to compete for the title of FIFA Club World Cup champions.

“We are privileged to be hosting some of the best football talent from across the globe. Fans will no doubt be excited to see their heroes from Real Madrid CF, CD Guadalajara, Al Ain FC and Team Wellington FC. Now we wait, with much anticipation, to find out which other clubs will be joining us in December.”