Liverpool to christen Qatar’s Education City Stadium

Doha’s Education City Stadium has today (Monday) been announced as the host venue for the final of this year’s edition of the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar.

The under-construction 40,000-seat stadium will also stage one semi-final and the third-place play-off, with the remaining matches to be held at Khalifa International Stadium and Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium.

Education City Stadium is a host venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup national team tournament and football’s global governing body said this year’s Club World Cup will “provide a glimpse of Qatar’s compact nature” ahead of its showpiece event in three years’ time.

Education City Stadium will stage Liverpool’s semi-final match on December 18 in what will mark its first-ever fixture, FIFA confirmed today. Khalifa International Stadium, which reopened in 2017, will host a double-header the day before, with the fifth-place play-off and the semi-final encounter between the winners of the Conmebol Libertadores and Match 3.

The 12,000-seat Jassam Bin Hamad Stadium will host the opening match of the Club World Cup on December 11 as well as the double-header of Matches 2 and 3 three days later. All three venues for the Club World Cup are located a maximum of 12km from central Doha.

Education City Stadium will become the third World Cup venue to open later this year, following Khalifa International Stadium and Al Janoub Stadium. It is due to stage matches up to the quarter-final stage during the tournament.

Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, said: “Hosting the FIFA Club World Cup is a golden opportunity to boost preparation for 2022 while giving thousands of fans from across the globe a taste of what to expect in three years’ time. We are immensely excited about hosting this tournament for the next two instalments, as we continue to finalise our plans for the World Cup.”

Post-2022, Education City Stadium’s capacity will be reduced to 20,000 and its modular upper tier donated to create sporting facilities overseas.

Image: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy