Saudi Pro League thrilled to see Saudi Arabia will host the FIFA Club World Cup 2023
The Saudi Pro League is delighted Saudi Arabia has been announced as hosts of the FIFA Club World Cup 2023™.
This season’s Roshn Saudi League champions will join winners of the confederation competitions – UEFA Champions League, Copa Libertadores, CAF Champions League, CONCACAF Champions League, AFC Champions League and OFC Champions League – to compete for global glory from December 12-22, 2023.
This is the first time the prestigious FIFA event has been held in Saud Arabia and follows February 1’s announcement the 2027 AFC Asian Cup will be held in The Kingdom.
Current domestic and Asian champions Al Hilal also enjoyed a historic run to last weekend’s Club World Cup final, against Real Madrid.
Reflecting upon the decision, Saudi Arabia’s sports minister HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal said: “We are honoured and extremely excited to be given the opportunity to welcome the world’s leading football clubs and their fans to Saudi Arabia. Fans have recently witnessed our ability to compete at the highest possible level on the pitch, now we have the chance to prove we are also world-class hosts off it.
“Today is another important step forward on our journey of transformation in football and as a country and I trust all involved will see for themselves the undeniable progress being made at many different levels. We host international sports for the simple reason that we truly believe in the power of sport to inspire our boys and girls, to create new connections, and build new relationships.”
Football is a much-loved national sport in Saudi Arabia, rooted in clubs and communities across the country, and where 70% of the population are under 30.
President of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF), and newly elected FIFA Council Member, Yasser Al Misehal said: “We thank FIFA for their trust in us to deliver an exceptional edition of the event.
“Saudi football is going through an unprecedented period of growth, there is fresh energy and a sense of optimism thanks to a clear strategy across all areas of the game. Currently we’ve more players registered at all age groups for boys and girls than ever before.
“We have more qualified coaches, more qualified referees, better governance, and stronger domestic leagues including the Saudi Pro League. The future is bright, and this tournament is another highlight to look forward to especially when you consider some of the mouth-watering fixtures and players who might take part.”
The women’s game is also continuing to grow in The Kingdom. Saudi football authorities are currently bidding to host the 2026 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
Since the establishment of a Women’s national team in 2021, the Female Green Falcons have been crowned champions in their first-ever international championship last month and the recently formed Under-17 women’s squad held their first training camp this month.
Women’s football’s exciting trajectory of growth in Saudi Arabia continued with the conclusion of the inaugural eight-team domestic Women’s Premier League, won by Al Nassr.