Qatar is awarded to host next two editions of Club World Cup to prepare for 2022 FIFA World Cup. Football’s biggest governing council has decided in Monday’s meeting that FIFA Club World Cup 2019 and 2020 editions will be held in Qatar. The seven-team tournament will be a perfect platform for Qatar to show how much the Gulf country is prepared for biggest competition of 2022.
“It is a great test event. So we will definitely try to utilize as much as possible, all the different facets of hosting a World Cup,” 2022 Qatar world cup organizing committee chairman Hassan Al-Thawadi said.
The biggest issue arose when FIFA awarded 2022 world cup whether fans would be allowed to consume alcohol or not in the state but Al-Thawadi said that certain bars will have permit to offer alcohol and foreigner can enjoy their drink.
“Alcohol will be available in certain areas. The details of it operationally, how it’s going to work out, all that stuff will be put in place and we will be announcing it in due course. We will have fan zones available so it will be a great opportunity for us to put in place some of the plans we have for the World Cup already to get lessons learnt from it,” Hassan said.
The upcoming two FIFA Club World Cups will be the last editions of tournament which will be played with 7 teams including hosts of the championship. From 2021 onwards, 24 teams will be competing in FIFA clubb world cup which will take place in every four years from then.
Liverpool recently beat Tottenham Hotspur in the final of 2018-19 Champions League final by 2-0. This is the second time, Liverpool will be featured in FIFA Club World Cup as they played 2005 edition too.