Draw lays out path to FIFA Club World Cup glory

Words: FIFA.com / ACFC Media

Wednesday 6 September 2023

Picture: FIFA.com

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - The draw for the FIFA Club World Cup Saudi Arabia 2023™ has set up a glamour tie for Auckland City FC as they take on free spending local champions Al-Ittihad in the opening match. 

There is also second-round showdown between Mexican debutants Club León and Asian champions Urawa Reds.

Al Ahly were pitted against the winner of Auckland City FC-Al Ittihad, and the reward for the teams that prevail in these ties will be glamour semi-finals against, respectively, Manchester City and the yet-to-be-determined Copa Libertadores champions.

The draw was conducted by Jaime Yarza, Director of FIFA Tournaments, with Samantha Johnson presenting and the roles of assistants performed by City legend Yaya Toure and Al Ittihad icon Manaf Abushugair.

This is the 20th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, and the first time the tournament will be hosted by Saudi Arabia. It will take place between 12 and 22 December 2023, with Jeddah staging all of the matches.

First round (Match 1)
Al Ittihad FC v Auckland City FC
12 December 2023

Second round (Matches 2 & 3)
Al Ahly FC v Winner of M1
Club León v Urawa Reds
15 December 2023

Semi-finals (Matches 4 & 5)
CONMEBOL representative v Winner of M2
18 December 2023

Winner of M3 v Manchester City FC
19 December 2023

Play-off for third place & final (Matches 6 & 7)
22 December 2023

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