2016 FIFA Club World Cup

2016 FIFA Club World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016
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Tournament details
Host country  Japan
Dates 8–18 December 2016
Teams 7 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 2 (in 2 host cities)

The 2016 FIFA Club World Cup (officially known as the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016 presented by Alibaba E-Auto for sponsorship reasons)[1] will be the 13th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a FIFA-organised international club football tournament between the champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations, as well as the national league champion from the host country.[2] The tournament will be hosted by Japan.[3]

Host bids

The application process for the 2015–2016 as well as the 2017–2018 editions, i.e. two hosts, each hosting two years, began in February 2014.[4] Member associations interested in hosting had to submit a declaration of interest by 30 March 2014, and provide the complete set of bidding documents by 25 August 2014.[5] The FIFA Executive Committee was to select the hosts at their meeting in Morocco in December 2014.[6] However, no such decision regarding the 2015–2016 host was made until 2015.

The following countries expressed an interest in bidding to host the tournament:[7]

Japan was officially confirmed as hosts of the 2015 and 2016 tournaments on 23 April 2015.[3]

Qualified teams

Team Confederation Qualification Qualified date Participation
Enter in the semi-finals
Colombia Atlético Nacional CONMEBOL Winners of the 2016 Copa Libertadores 27 July 2016 1st
Spain Real Madrid UEFA Winners of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League 28 May 2016 3rd (Previous: 2000, 2014)
Enter in the quarter-finals
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors AFC Winners of the 2016 AFC Champions League 26 November 2016 2nd (Previous: 2006)
South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns CAF Winners of the 2016 CAF Champions League 23 October 2016 1st
Mexico América CONCACAF Winners of the 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League 27 April 2016 3rd (Previous: 2006, 2015)
Enter in the play-off for quarter-finals
New Zealand Auckland City OFC Winners of the 2016 OFC Champions League 23 April 2016 8th (Previous: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Japan Kashima Antlers AFC (Hosts) Winners of the 2016 J1 League 3 December 2016 1st


On 9 June 2016, Suita City Football Stadium in Osaka and International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama were named as the two venues of the tournament.[9]

Osaka Yokohama
Suita City Football Stadium International Stadium Yokohama
34°48′41.04″N 135°32′27.24″E / 34.8114000°N 135.5409000°E / 34.8114000; 135.5409000 (Suita City Football Stadium) 35°30′35″N 139°36′20″E / 35.50972°N 139.60556°E / 35.50972; 139.60556 (International Stadium Yokohama)
Capacity: 39,694 Capacity: 72,327

Match officials

The appointed match officials are:[10][11]

Confederation Referee Assistant referees Video assistant referee
AFC Bahrain Nawaf Shukralla Bahrain Yaser Khalil Abdulla Tulefat
Bahrain Ebrahim Mubarak Saleh
Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov
CAF Zambia Janny Sikazwe Angola Jerson Emiliano dos Santos
Eritrea Berhe Tesfagiorghis
The Gambia Bakary Gassama
CONCACAF Mexico Roberto García Mexico José Luis Camargo
Mexico Alberto Morín
United States Mark Geiger
CONMEBOL Paraguay Enrique Cáceres Paraguay Eduardo Cardozo
Paraguay Juan Zorrilla
Uruguay Andrés Cunha
OFC French Polynesia Kader Zitouni French Polynesia Philippe Revel New Zealand Nick Waldron
UEFA Hungary Viktor Kassai Hungary György Ring
Hungary Vencel Toth
Slovenia Damir Skomina


Each team must name a 23-man squad (three of whom must be goalkeepers). Injury replacements are allowed until 24 hours before the team's first match.[2] The official squads (excluding the host team, who was yet to be determined) were announced on 1 December 2016.[12]


The schedule of the tournament was announced on 15 July 2016.[13]

A draw was held on 21 September 2016, 11:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the FIFA headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland, to determine the positions in the bracket for the three teams which enter the quarter-finals.[14][15][16]

If a match is tied after normal playing time:[2]

On 18 March 2016, the FIFA Executive Committee agreed that the competition would be part of the International Football Association Board's trial to allow a fourth substitute to be made during extra time.[17]

Play-off Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 8 December – Yokohama                          
 Japan Kashima Antlers     11 December – Osaka        
 New Zealand Auckland City        South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns  
14 December – Osaka
   Winner Match 1      
 Colombia Atlético Nacional  
     Winner Match 3    
18 December – Yokohama
 Winner Match 6  
11 December – Osaka
   Winner Match 5  
 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors  
15 December – Yokohama
 Mexico América      
 Winner Match 2  
Fifth place Third place
     Spain Real Madrid    
 Loser Match 2    Loser Match 6  
 Loser Match 3    Loser Match 5  
14 December – Osaka 18 December – Yokohama

All times are local, JST (UTC+9).[18]

Play-off for quarter-finals


11 December 2016 (2016-12-11)
Mamelodi Sundowns South Africa Match 3 Winner Match 1

Match for fifth place

14 December 2016 (2016-12-14)
Loser Match 2 Match 4 Loser Match 3


14 December 2016 (2016-12-14)
Atlético Nacional Colombia Match 5 Winner Match 3

15 December 2016 (2016-12-15)
Winner Match 2 Match 6 Spain Real Madrid

Match for third place

18 December 2016 (2016-12-18)
Loser Match 6 Match 7 Loser Match 5


18 December 2016 (2016-12-18)
Winner Match 6 Match 8 Winner Match 5


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  13. "FIFA Club World Cup schedule announced". FIFA.com. 15 July 2016.
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