According to the statement made by FIFA, Auckland City Club, New Zealand Football Association and Oceania Football Confederation were discussed for a solution. However, the club reported that they could not participate in the tournament due to the isolation and quarantine protocols in New Zealand.
Following the withdrawal of Auckland City, the tournament will continue with 6 teams (El-Duhail, El Ehli, Bayern Munich, Ulsan Hyundai, Tigres and Libertadores Cup champions).
The host, El-Duhail, will start the organization from round 2, as the first round match will not be played. Other than that, there will be no change in the format.
The 2020 FIFA Clubs World Cup, postponed due to the pandemic, will be held on February 1-11.
Auckland City FC is one of New Zealand’s most important teams
Auckland City Football Club is a New Zealand professional football club located in the suburb of Sandringham in Auckland, New Zealand. They are currently competing in the ISPS Handa Premiership, the highest level of domestic football in New Zealand.
|Arena / Stadium:||Freyberg Field|
|Technical director:||Ramon Tribulietx|
|Where it represents:||Auckland, New Zealand|
Leagues ASB Premiership, ASB Youth League:
Kuala Lumpur (December 23, 2020) Education City, Ahmad Bin Ali and Khalifa International arenas will have the FIFA Club World Cup 2020 matches occurring in Qatar from February 1-11, 2021.
The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium will organize the initial match between Qatari victors Al Duhail and Auckland City of New Zealand on 1 February at 20:30 neighborhood time (UTC+3)), and the last will be played at Education City Stadium on February 11 at 21:00 nearby time.
The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium was initiated on December 18 – Qatar National Day – precisely two years before the nation has the FIFA World Cup last, Education City Stadium was uncovered in June 2020, and Khalifa International resumed its entryways in 2017. Every one of the three scenes will have apparatuses at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Notwithstanding Auckland City, who will be flying the banner for Oceania, Al Ahly have qualified for CAF, UEFA will be spoken to by Bayern Munich, Ulsan Hyundai FC will speak to the AFC, and the latest group to join the line-up are Tigres UANL, who were delegated Concacaf champions.