The governing body of world football, FIFA, has formally announced the schedule of matches for the Club World Cup Japan 2015. FC Barcelona will be taking part as winners of the 2015 UEFA Champions League. Luis Enrique's team will play the second semi-final of the tournament on 17 December at 11.30am Central European Time (CET). The match will be played at the International Stadium Yokohama, the same place where Barça won the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup title after beating Santos of Brazil 4–0.
Barça's opponent in the semi-final has yet to be determined. A club team from the host nation, Japan, receives an automatic berth into a play-off for the quarter-finals. That team — the winner of the Japanese First Division — will be announced on 5 December and will face Auckland City of the Oceania Football Confederation for a spot in the quarter-finals.
Two other confederations with direct slots in the quarter-finals — from Asia and Africa — will have their representatives announced in November following their respective Champions Leagues. The only club currently confirmed for the quarter-finals is Club América of Mexico, which will be representing CONCACAF.
The two quarter-final survivors will be paired with FC Barcelona and River Plate of Argentina, who, as winners of CONMEBOL's Copa Libertadores, earned a berth straight into the semis as well.