A penalty shootout decided the opening match of the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018. Hosts Al Ain knocked out OFC champions Team Wellington thanks to the heroics of Al Ain goalkeeper Khalid Eisa.
Coinciding with the Polish Football Association’s 100th anniversary in 2019, the country is gearing up to host its first-ever FIFA tournament, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, to be played from 23 May to 15 June 2019. With less than six months to go before the big kick-off, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) today unveiled the competition’s Official Emblem and match schedule.
At the end of October 2018, FIFA launched its first ever Women's Football Strategy. One of the key pillars is to to ‘Govern & Lead', ensuring more female representation in key decision-making bodies across football. The UEFA/FIFA Women in Football Leadership Programme, launched last week, will support this objective.
Losing finalists at the 2016 edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, Kashima Antlers defeated Mexico's CD Guadalajara to set up a semi-final against the team that beat them in that 2016 final, Real Madrid.
UAE Pro-League champions Al Ain defeated CAF champions Esperance to set up a semi-final meeting with South American champions River Plate at the FIFA Club World Cup 2018.
Nine-man Esperance ended their FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 campaign on a high after a tense 6-5 penalty shoot-out win against Chivas in the match for fifth place.