Words: ACFC Media
Friday 31 December 2021
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Auckland City FC has informed FIFA that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and related quarantine measures required by the New Zealand authorities, the club will be unable to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup 2021™.
Club president Ivan Vuksich said the decision was not taken lightly.
"We're obviously bitterly disappointed that circumstances have put participation beyond our reach for the second year in a row. A lot of hard work and effort went into preparing to compete in the UAE, so to be unable to go is a blow."
Auckland City FC were also forced to withdraw from last year's edition of the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar because of the effect of Covid-19 border restrictions in New Zealand.
The FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021™ is scheduled for February, 2022.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to Auckland City FC withdrawing from the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021™, with Tahiti's AS Pirae nominated as the new Oceania representative. https://t.co/Hj6i6AZ9dP— OFC Oceania Football (@OFCfootball) December 31, 2021
v Auckland United, Mon 5 June 2023, KO: 3:00 NZT