Media Release

Fédération Internationale de Football Association

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Tuesday 31 January 2023, 14:00

Opening ceremony of FIFA Club World Cup™ Morocco 2022 to be exceptional

  • Countdown is almost over for the start of the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2022™

  • Al Ahly and Auckland City will kick off the competition at Tangier Stadium

  • Full attendance is expected and fans are invited to come as early as possible, with gates opening at 17:00

It’s nearly kick-off time for the 19th FIFA Club World Cup™. On Wednesday, 1 February the race for global club football’s most prestigious prize, which will involve seven of the sport’s top sides, will begin.

The opening match will be held at Tangier Stadium, Ibn Batouta between CAF Champions League runners-up Al Ahly and OFC Champions League holders Auckland City in front of thousands of passionate supporters.

The FIFA Club World Cup Trophy is seen on the stage prior to the during the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2022

While the game kicks off at 20:00 local time at Tangier Stadium, fans should plan to take their seats well before in order not to miss the stunning opening ceremony that promises some great surprises. The stadium gates will open at 17:00.

Participating teams: Al Ahly (Egypt) Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) Auckland City (New Zealand) Flamengo (Brazil) Real Madrid (Spain) Seattle Sounders (USA) Wydad (Morocco)

Tickets are now on sale, and will also be available to buy online throughout the tournament on a first-come, first-serve basis at, subject to availability. Accessibility tickets are available upon request.