The new format of the Club World Cup will include 24 teams in the competition instead of the current seven, as of 2021 and it will be staged every four years instead of the current annual tournament. The first edition of the new Club World Cup will be held in China, with the 2025 tournament widely expected to go to the USA, Mexico and Canada as part of the tri-nation preparations for the World Cup in 2026. The new FIFA tournament will replace the Confederations Cup on the calendar after FIFA confirmed in March the eight-team World Cup warm-up event will be scrapped with immediate effect.
The number of qualifying teams from each of the six FIFA Confederations has yet to be decided with UEFA lobbying for less participation. FIFA initially wanted 12 European clubs to be included in the tournament but the European governing body feels that is too many and has requested eight instead. These will comprise of the last four winners of the Champions League and Europa League. South America will have six teams with Africa, the Americas and Asia each providing three and Oceania one.