FIFA was informed today that Auckland City FC would not be able to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 ™ in view of new quarantine measures imposed by New Zealand authorities in as part of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite regular exchanges in recent days between the club, the New Zealand Football Federation and the Oceanian Football Confederation, it turns out that the demands of the New Zealand authorities regarding the isolation and quarantine measures go beyond the scope of competence of FIFA and that it was not possible to find a solution.
FIFA and the Qatari authorities will implement a special medical and security protocol providing the necessary guarantees for the protection and safety of all those involved and taking part in the competition.
With Auckland City’s withdrawal, six clubs will compete for the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup ™: Al-Duhail SC, Al Ahly SC, FC Bayern Munich, Ulsan Hyundai FC, Tigres UANL and the winner of la Libertadores de la CONMEBOL whose final is scheduled for January 30. The first round match will therefore not take place and Al Duhail SC will go straight to the second round. The format of the competition remains unchanged.
The teams involved will know their respective opponents at the end of the draw scheduled in Zurich on January 19 at 4:00 p.m. (CET).