Created in 1988, the competition gathers the best swimmers in a series of meets organised during the autumn season. In 2021 there will be a total of 4 meets (in Berlin, Budapest, Doha and Kazan respectively) all taking place in October.

This year the FINA Swimming World Cup will be staged in a short-course (25m pool) format, which will facilitate the preparation of swimmers for the 15th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) 2021 to be held in Abu Dhabi.

All meets will run across three days with a total of 32 individual and 2 relay events. Heats take place from 09:30h and finals start at 17:45h (CET).