Chelsea’s season is well and truly underway.
After winning three of their first four Premier League games, the Blues will launch their Champions League and Carabao Cup campaigns in the coming weeks.
However, these are not the only competitions that Thomas Tuchel’s team will participate in before the end of 2021.
After winning the Champions League final last season against Manchester City, Chelsea will now take part in the FIFA Club World Cup later this year.
Here’s everything you need to know about it …
FIFA Club World Cup: date and time
The competition is due to take place in December of this year as clubs from all over the world participate to decide who is the best club team in world football.
The exact dates have not yet been revealed and the venue of the competition remains to be confirmed.
FIFA Club World Cup: Competitors
Chelsea will participate in the Club World Cup as a representative of UEFA.
It comes after their Champions League win over City last season, where Kai Havertz scored the decisive goal.
The Egyptian side of Al Ahly and New Zealand’s Auckland City will also participate, but the rest of the seven competing teams have yet to be finalized.
FIFA Club World Cup: host country
The host country for this year’s Club World Cup has yet to be confirmed.
Japan was originally scheduled to host the competition, but the Japan Football Association has since withdrawn from its organizing duties due to COVID-19 concerns, with Qatar believed to be a candidate for the intervention.
A FIFA statement said: “FIFA can confirm that it was informed today by the Japan Football Association (JFA) that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the reception situation in the country, it is no longer able to host the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup ”, reads a press release from FIFA.
“FIFA would like to thank the JFA for their hard work and commitment and look forward to returning to Japan in the future.
“Further details on an alternative host for the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup will be announced by FIFA in due course.”