The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) and FIFA have confirmed that all matches during the FIFA Club World Cup Saudi Arabia 2023™ will take place in the city of Jeddah. The decision was made following a FIFA delegation visit to Jeddah to assess ongoing preparations for the tournament, which takes place from 12-22 December 2023. It will be the first time the FIFA Club World Cup™ is held in Saudi Arabia. Yasser Al Misehal, President of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, said: “We are delighted that Jeddah, with its state-of-the-art facilities and reputation for hosting major international sports events, has been selected as host city for the FIFA Club World Cup. Sport is a key driver of Saudi Arabia’s ongoing transformation under Vision 2030, which has established the Kingdom as one of the fastest growing and most exciting countries in world sport.
The FIFA delegation visit included detailed inspections of key infrastructure including the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium and the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, as well as the proposed training and accommodation facilities. SAFF’s commitment to growing the game at every level in Saudi across men and women’s football has been highlighted by recent achievements including qualifying for six FIFA World Cup™ tournaments, winning the U-23 AFC Asian Cup (men), successfully establishing a women’s national team that is now FIFA ranked, and launching a U-17 women’s national team. At grassroots level, SAFF has opened 28 regional training centers to nurture young Saudi talent and increased registered coaches from 750 in 2018 to more than 5,500 today, of which 1,000 are women. Rapid progress has seen the number of male registered players rise by 58% since 2021, while the number of registered female players has increased by 86% in the same period.