Real Madrid and Chelsea among nine teams already qualified for the Club World Cup

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The 32-team Club World Cup has been given the go ahead to begin in 2025 and nine teams have already qualified for the inaugural edition of the revamped tournament. Chelsea and Real Madrid will be among 12 teams from UEFA involved in FIFA’s new project.


Results from the four seasons leading up to the tournament will be taken into account and the Champions League winners from each of those years will get an automatic ticket to the Club World Cup. The same will be true for all other continents, except Oceania.

The confirmed participating clubs are:

Chelsea and Real Madrid, world champions in 2021 and 2022 respectively, are assured of a place in the 2025 edition as part of the 12-member UEFA contingent. This is due to having won the Champions League in those years, prior to going on to become world champions.

Palmeiras, runner-up in the FIFA Club World Cup two years ago and champions of the Copa Libertadores in 2021, and Flamengo, also from Brazil, who won the continental title in 2022 and finished third in the last Club World Cup, will occupy two of the six places allocated to the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL).

Monterrey and Seattle Sounders, winners of the CONCACAF Champions League in the same years, make up half of the delegation that North, Central America and the Caribbean will send to the World Cup. The same can be said of their counterparts in the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca.

Meanwhile, Al Hilal, winners of the 2021 AFC Champions League, are the only one of the four representatives of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to have secured a place in the 2025 competition.

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