Soccer’s global governing body FIFA has chosen the US as the first host nation for its enlarged 32-team Club World Cup (CWC) competition in 2025.
The decision was confirmed following a meeting of the FIFA Council on Friday (June 23) and has been made in order to “maximize synergies” with the 2026 men’s FIFA World Cup national teams competition, which is taking place across the US, Mexico, and Canada.
The expanded 2025 CWC will feature 12 European club sides, as well as six from South America, four from Central and North America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), four from Africa, four from Asia, one from Oceania, and one from the US as the host country. The tournament is expected to take place in June and July.
As several of these teams are being determined by the winners of the various confederations’ club competitions between 2021 and 2024, some have already qualified.
The next edition of the CWC – which currently contains seven teams – will take place from December 12 to 22, in Saudi Arabia. That country was selected as the host in February.
FIFA has described the US as “a proven leader in staging global events” and has said the selection process “took into account the infrastructure and service requirements, as well as broader strategic objectives for the tournament.”
Gianni Infantino, FIFA’s president, said: “The FIFA Club World Cup 2025 will be the pinnacle of elite professional men’s club soccer, and with the required infrastructure in place together with massive local interest, the United States is the ideal host to kick off this new, global tournament.
“With some of the world’s top clubs already qualified, fans from every continent will be bringing their passion and energy to the US in two years’ time for this significant milestone in our mission to make football truly global.”
Infantino first confirmed the tournament’s expansion to a 32-team format in December last year.
Morocco hosted the last edition, in February, with that CWC won by Spanish giants Real Madrid.
In addition to the 2026 World Cup, the US is set to host the Copa America, South America's national teams tournament, next year, and is currently staging the CONCACAF Gold Cup (alongside Toronto in Canada).