FIFA Club World Cup 2023: Schedule, Teams, Fixtures, Format, Prize Money, Trophy & Bracket

Published 12/08/2023, 1:20 PM EST

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Over the years, FIFA has tried to bring some of the top teams around the seas under the same banner. They introduced the FIFA Club World Cup in 2010 in hopes of working on the initiative. The competition sees seven top teams globally participate in a knockout-style tournament to crown the world champions.

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The 2023 edition of the tournament saw seven elite Champions League-winning sides lock horns against each other to win the coveted title. Spanish giant Real Madrid emerged victorious over their competitors following the tournament and got their hands on the title.

FIFA Club World Cup 2023 Format and Bracket

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The tournament follows a simple knockout format. However, the European and South American Champions League winners are granted special privileges, with the teams directly playing in the semi-finals. Moreover, the remaining five teams see another separation as the bottom two seeded confederations face each other to stay alive in the competition. The remaining four sides lock horns against each other to determine the semi-finalists. The winners of the semi-finals then face each other in a single-leg encounter to crown the FIFA Club World Cup champions.

FIFA Club World Cup 2023 Prize and Trophy

FIFA has a decent reward set in place for the tournament as the tournament winners take home $5 million alongside a shimmering golden title. The title has a sleek design with a silver body that unfurls at the top to hold a golden ball. The runner-ups of the competition do not return empty-handed, with FIFA awarding the second-place side $4 million.

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FIFA Club World Cup 2023 Schedule and Fixtures

The FIFA Club World Cup 2023 took place in Morocco, with hosts Al Ahly up against Oceania Champions League winners Auckland City. Despite coming from a different nation, they provided Al Ahly the host berth after Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca emerged as the CAF Champions League winners.

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Following the conclusion of round 1, Asian champions Al Hilal, African champions Wydad Casablanca, and North American champions Seattle Sounders joined round 1 winners Al Ahly, with the four sides competing to book their berth in the semi-finals with European champions Real Madrid and South American champions Flamengo already guaranteed a place in the semi-finals.

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Following the knockouts, Madrid were up against the challenge of Al Ahly, while Flamengo locked horns against Asian Champions Al-Hilal. To a big surprise, Al-Hilal bagged the win over Flamengo to book a berth against Real Madrid in the finals.

The tournament was a ten-day affair, with the Round 1 game taking place on the 1st of February, while the final was hosted on the 11th of the same month.

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