FIFA Introduces Women’s Club World Cup, New Calendar and Names New Secretary General

Women’s Club World Cup set to begin in 2026 as confirmed by FIFA

FIFA announced on Wednesday that they will be hosting the first edition of the Women’s Club World Cup in January-February 2026. The tournament, which will feature 16 teams, will take place every four years. This news comes after FIFA President Gianni Infantino shared his plans in May 2021 to introduce the competition as a way to revolutionize women’s football.

Details about the tournament are still scarce, but it is likely that the Women’s Club World Cup will include top European teams from the UEFA Women’s Champions League, as well as clubs from the National Women’s Soccer League in the United States and countries where women’s football is less developed. Teams such as Barcelona, who have dominated European women’s football in recent years, could potentially participate.

In addition to announcing the Women’s Club World Cup, FIFA also approved a new calendar aimed at providing more rest and recovery opportunities for players and coaches. FIFA President Infantino believes these changes will enhance competitiveness in women’s football globally.

The FIFA Council also officially appointed Mattias Grafstrom as their Secretary General. Grafstrom, who had been nominated on an interim basis in October of last year, expressed pride and a sense of responsibility in accepting the position. He cited his lifelong passion for football and the significance of his role in shaping its future direction.

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