The 2021 Club World Cup will not be held in Japan, between December 9 and 19, due to the resignation of the Asian country to organize it due to the coronavirus pandemic, and FIFA is now in search of a new headquarters.
The information was released by the Japanese agency Kyodo News, which points out that the Japanese Football Association (JFA) based the decision on the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic and the impossibility of having an audience in the stadiums.
This decision comes just weeks after the Olympic and Paralympic Games were held in Tokyo. The pandemic caused the biggest event in sport to be delayed for a year and the events that took place in the Japanese capital must have been without an audience.
The project of the highest football body aimed for the event to be played from this year in a new modality with 24 clubs, but the Covid-19 delayed the plans. Meanwhile, Chelsea of England, Al-Ahly of Egypt and Auckland City of New Zealand wait for the rest of the confederations to define their champions to complete the qualifiers.
The tournament was returning to Japan after four editions, since in 2017 and 2018 it was organized by the Arab Emirates and the last two took place in Qatar, while Japan is the country that organized it the most since it did so eight times.
Between 1980 and 2004 Japan hosted the former Intercontinental Cup, which brought together the champions of the Libertadores and the European Champions League, and was later recognized by FIFA as the World Cup.