FIFA made it official, folks. PSG will be part of the first Club World Cup, set to take place in the summer of 2025 in the United States, as the competition enter a new stage since its inception many years ago.
The news comes after a meeting of the FIFA Council in Saudi Arabia this weekend, where significant decisions regarding the competition were made including naming many (almost all) of the teams about to take part in the tournament less than two years from now.
The announcement was made by FIFA President Gianni Infantino on the official Instagram account. The first edition of the FIFA Club World Cup will take place in the United States from June 15 to July 13, 2025.
PSG's presence in the tourney is based on the club's performance in recent Champions League editions and not gifted, mind you, as every club earning a berth did so by following a strict criterion set specifically for this inaugural edition.
From UEFA, 12 teams will participate in this first "new" Club World Cup. Alongside PSG, the other qualified teams include the Champions League winners of 2021 (Chelsea), 2022 (Real Madrid), and 2023 (Manchester City), as well as other clubs with great overall performances in recent years such as Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Porto, and Benfica.
The winner of the ongoing UEFA Champions League will also join the group along with three other teams yet to be revealed, considering the number of clubs per country, which could be impacted by said winner.
The tournament's format will feature eight groups of four teams each. Teams will play against each team in their group, with the top two advancing to the knockout stages. The competition will proceed with a knockout format from that point, ending in a one-game, winner-take-all final.