This seasons Club World Cup is set to be postponed until next season, according to reports.

Chelsea were due to play in the mini tournament from December 9th to 19th this season as the reigning Champions League winners.

However, following Japan’s decision to withdraw as hosts over safety concerns because of the current state of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, the Mirrorreport that FIFA are now set to postpone it.

A statement earlier this month from the Japanese FA read:

“The FIFA Club World Cup will not be held in Japan in December 2021 as a result of discussions between FIFA and the Japan Football Association (JFA) regarding the status of coronavirus infections and the current conditions for holding it.

“The FIFA Club World Cup was positioned as part of the JFA 100th Anniversary Commemorative Project, but at this point it is difficult to predict the status of the coronavirus infections at the end of the year.

They claim that the expectation is that the competition will be delayed until early 2022 instead.

“There are various restrictions such as restrictions on the number of spectators. We have come to the conclusion that it is very difficult to hold the event in the midst of it.”

FIFA have yet to confirm an alternative host but are set to make a decision on when it will now take place at their next Council meeting on October 20, according to The Daily Mirror.

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