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FIFA announces inauguration date for inaugural Women’s Club World Cup, scheduled for January 2026.

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May 15, 2024

FIFA has announced that the first Women’s Club World Cup tournament will take place in January and February of 2026. The tournament is set to involve 16 teams, but details on how teams will qualify or where the games will be played have not yet been specified.

European powerhouses Barcelona and Lyon, who have a combined 10 Champions League titles since 2011, are set to meet in the upcoming final on May 25 in Bilbao, Spain. The men’s 32-team Club World Cup is scheduled to debut in June and July of next year in the United States, with teams qualifying based on their performance in continental championships through 2024. The inaugural men’s edition will feature 12 European teams and six from South America.

FIFA has prioritized the development of women’s soccer under the leadership of current president Gianni Infantino. The Women’s Club World Cup is expected to take place every four years, following the same schedule as the men’s edition. Additionally, an annual “Intercontinental Cup” featuring champions from the six men’s continental competitions is set to be launched in December.

Overall, these initiatives aim to elevate the profile of women’s soccer and provide more opportunities for clubs and players on a global scale.

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