Could the USA Host the Club World Cup?

Reasons why the United States would make a great host for the club tournament
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, December 23, 2013

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For the last several years, FIFA has scheduled its end of the calendar tournament, the Club World Cup — where winners of each continental tournament face off — in a few different countries. After starting off in Brazil in 2000, the tournament found its way to Japan from 2001 to 2008, then the United Arab Emirates in 2009 and 2010, then back to Japan for 2011 and 2012.

This year, the tournament was hosted in Morocco, and the same can be said for next year.

But while this tournament from FIFA is considered a big tournament, when will this cup come over to the USA? Of course it wouldn’t be smart to have the tournament located in the northern part of the country where everyone is all bundled up and cold. As seen from the nasty wintry storms of this past weekend in the Northeastern United States, a global tournament in the winter months wouldn’t do much good for fans.

If it were to come to the US, the proper states to host this tournament would be Florida, Texas or Southern California. Florida wouldn’t be a bad spot either, mostly because of its diversity and multicultural atmosphere. The warm temperatures help, too.

The logical stadium for this tournament — if it did ever come to the States —would be the home of the Miami Dolphins in Sun Life Stadium. The Miami area has done a very good job of filling up the stadium for international friendly tournaments as well as the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

But of course FIFA needs to have a chat with the US Soccer Federation to hold the tournament as well as contact the National Football League and the Miami Dolphins for the use of the stadium. Schedule adjustments would need to be made, too.

In a typical NFL season, the league sets up their regular season schedule where teams have eight home games, and eight away games. It’s not always back-and-forth, as sometimes teams have consecutive games on the road or in their own venue. So scheduling wouldn’t be too much of an issue. Given the multitude of USA stadiums, whether their soccer specific or not, the US could easily find viable locations to host the tournament.

It’s unknown whether US Soccer is willing to bring the FIFA Club World Cup to the United States or not, but it’s something to consider. Given how popular international friendly tournaments have been, the CWC would be widely successful in America. When you have a UEFA club powerhouse and a top South American club side invading the USA’s shores, it’s easily going to bring in fans.

The USA has to wait until 2026, at the very least, to possibly host another World Cup. In the mean time, Americans should push for the CWC to make its way to the States. It’d be a fun, international tournament with meaning. And one that could surely help the sport grow in America.


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Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.