The draw for the 2023 FIFA Club World Cup – Saudi Arabia has set up a second-round showdown between Mexican debutants Club León and Asian champions Urawa Reds Diamonds.
Al Ahly were pitted against the winner of Al Ittihad FC – Auckland City FC, and the reward for the teams that prevail in these ties will be glamour semifinals against, respectively, Manchester City FC and the yet-to-be-determined Copa Libertadores champions.
The draw was conducted by Jaime Yarza, Director of FIFA Tournaments, with Samantha Johnson presenting and the roles of assistants performed by City legend Yaya Toure and Al Ittihad icon Manaf Abushugair.
This is the 20th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, and the first time the tournament will be hosted by Saudi Arabia. It will take place between December 12 and 22, 2023, with Jeddah staging all of the matches.
First round (Match 1)
Al Ittihad FC v Auckland City FC
December 12, 21:00
Second round (Matches 2 & 3)
Al Ahly FC v Winner of M1
December 15, 21:00
Club León v Urawa Reds
December 15, 17:30
Semifinals (Matches 4 & 5)
CONMEBOL representative v Winner of M2
December 18, 21:00
Winner of M3 v Manchester City FC
December 19, 21:00
Play-off for third place & final (Matches 6 & 7)
December 22, 17:30
December 22, 21:00