2021 FIFA Confederations Cup

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2021 FIFA Confederations Cup
Tournament details
Dates TBC
Teams 8 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) TBA (in TBA host cities)
2017

The 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup is scheduled to be the 11th edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup, a quadrennial international men's football tournament organized by FIFA. It is expected to be held in 2021, as a prelude to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Host selection[edit]

As is customary, the tournament was originally to be held in Qatar — host country of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as announced on 2 December 2010, after the country was awarded the hosting rights of the 2022 World Cup. However, concerns arose surrounding Qatar's high temperatures during the summer period (which also led to calls for the World Cup to be moved from its traditional June/July scheduling to November/December).

On 25 February 2015, this resulted in FIFA officially announcing that it would move the 2021 Confederations Cup to another country of the Asian Football Confederation, so it could still be held during the traditional window of June/July 2021, without interrupting domestic leagues. As compensation, another FIFA tournament, potentially the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup, would be held in Qatar in November/December 2021, as the test event for the 2022 World Cup.[1][2]

Qualified teams[edit]

The eight competing teams will be: the hosts, the reigning World Cup champions, and the six holders of the FIFA confederation championships. If any team qualifies for multiple berths (e.g. if the World Cup champions also won their continental championship), the next best placed team from their continental championship qualifies.

Country Confederation Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearance in tournament
TBD AFC Hosts TBD TBD
 France UEFA 2018 FIFA World Cup winners 15 July 2018 2 (2001, 2003)
TBD AFC 2019 AFC Asian Cup winners[A] 1 February 2019 TBD
TBD CONCACAF 2019 CONCACAF Cup winners
(winner of 2017 or 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup)[B]
18 July 2019 or later TBD
TBD CONMEBOL 2019 Copa América winners 7 July 2019 TBD
TBD OFC 2020 OFC Nations Cup winners mid 2020 TBD
TBD UEFA UEFA Euro 2020 winners[A] 12 July 2020 TBD
TBD CAF TBC[C] TBC TBD
  1. ^ a b If this team is already qualified for the 2021 Confederations Cup, the runners-up will qualify.[citation needed]
  2. ^ If the  United States wins both CONCACAF Gold Cups, it will qualify directly for the Confederations Cup.
  3. ^ The African representative is to be confirmed due to the change in the Africa Cup of Nations to be held in summer starting from 2019.

Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

Possible abolishment[edit]

In October 2017, FIFA divulged plans to abolish the Confederations Cup by 2021 and replace it with a quadrennial, 24-team FIFA Club World Cup and move the latter tournament from December to June. A decision will be made later in 2018.[3] There is also a proposal to replace the Confederations Cup with a "Nations League" tournament, following similar format to the UEFA Nations League and the CONCACAF Nations League.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA strips Qatar of Confederations Cup". CBC Sports. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Late-November/late-December proposed for the 2022 FIFA World Cup". FIFA.com. 24 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Expanded Club World Cup could replace Confederations Cup - Infantino". ESPN. 28 October 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  4. ^ "FIFA Propose New 'Final 8' World Cup Tournament as Part of the International Football Reform". SI.com. 2 May 2018.

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