Russia will host the 10th edition of FIFA Confederations Cup in 17 June- 2 July 2017 where champions of different regions will take part in a shorter format tournament. It will also help prepare Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Total of 8 teams will take part in the tournament. Two groups of four teams and top two teams from each group qualifying for the semifinals. We take a look at the tournament and everything you need to know.
FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 Qualified Teams: Russia being the host nations has qualifier automatically while the 7 other winners of regional national competitions will join the host. Germany qualify having won the 2014 World Cup, Portugal qualified after winning 2016 Euro championship, Chile won the Copa America 2015, Australia won 2015 Asia Cup, Mexcio as winners of CONCACAF Cup, New Zealand as winners of OFC Cup and last but not the least Cameroon after winning African Cup of Nations 2017.
Group & Schedule Confirmed: On 26th November, the draw for the group stages took place in Russia and two groups of four teams were formed. Russia (Hosts), New Zealand, Mexico and Portugal were put drawn into group a while World champions Germany, Australia, Chile and the winners of 2017 African cup of nations will be in group B.
Group A: Russia, New Zealand, Mexico and Portugal
Group B: Germany, Australia, Chile and Cameroon
|17 June||Russia vs New Zealand (Group A)
|18 June||Portugal vs Mexico (Group A)
|18 June||Cameroon vs Chile (Group B)
|19 June||Australia vs Germany (Group B)||Sochi|
|21 June||Russia vs Portugal (Group A)||Mosco|
|21 June||Mexico vs New Zealand (Group A)||Sochi|
|22 June||Cameroon vs Australia (Group B)||Saint Petersburg|
|22 June||Germany vs Chile (Group B)||Kazan|
|24 June||Mexico vs Russia (Group A)||Kazan|
|24 June||Portugal vs New Zealand (Group A)||Saint Petersburg|
|25 June||Germany vs Cameroon (Group B)||Sochi|
|25 June||Chile vs Australia (Group B)||Moscow|
|28 June||1st Semifinal (group A winner vs Group B runners-up)||Kazan|
|29 June||2nd Semifinal (group B winner vs Group A runners-up)||Sochi|
|02 July||Third Play Playoff (Losing semifinalists)||Moscow|
|02 July||The Final||Saint Petersburg|
TV Coverage: FIFA has announced unparalleled coverage details where most of the countries around the world will broadcast Confederations Cup matches live on free-to-air channels. BBC will have live coverage in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world channels details will be announced 2-3 months ahead of the opening game.
The more details about the FIFA Confederations Cup will be revealed after the group stage draw has been taken place on 26th November.