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2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will be the 10th FIFA Confederations Cup, a quadrennial international men's football tournament organised by FIFA. It will be held in Russia, from 17 June to 2 July 2017, as a prelude to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[1]

2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
Кубок конфедераций 2017
2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.svg
Tournament details
Host country Russia
Dates 17 June – 2 July 2017
Teams 8 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 4 (in 4 host cities)
2017 FIFA Confederations Cup participating teams

Russia was announced as the host on 2 December 2010 after the country was awarded the hosting rights of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[2] The matches will be played in four different stadiums across four cities: Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan, and Sochi. It will be the first time Russia hosts the tournament, and the third time the Confederations Cup is held in the European continent. As hosts, Russia qualified automatically for the tournament; they will be joined by the six winners of the FIFA confederation championships and the 2014 FIFA World Cup champions, Germany.

The final tournament will be played in two stages: a group stage and a latter knockout stage. In the group stage, each team will play three games in a group of four, with the winners and runners-up from each group advancing to the knockout stage. In the knockout stage, the four teams will compete in single-elimination matches, beginning with the semi-finals and ending with the final match of the tournament. A third-place match will also be played between the two losing semi-finalist teams.

The defending champions, Brazil, who won the previous three Confederation Cups (2005, 2009, 2013), failed to qualify (for the first time since 1995) following their loss on penalties to Paraguay in the quarter-finals of the 2015 Copa América. 2015 AFC Asian Cup winners Australia became the first team to qualify from multiple confederations, having previously represented the OFC in 1997, 2001 and 2005.



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

After Russia secured a spot in the tournament as hosts, Germany were the first team to qualify via competition, after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The final match saw the Germans clinch the country's fourth world title through a 1–0 extra-time win against Argentina. Australia were the next team to qualify after beating South Korea 2–1 after extra time, in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final. This victory marked Australia's first Asian Cup win since their move from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006. It was also the first time a team had become champions of two confederations, following Australia's four OFC Nations Cup titles. Chile were the fourth team to secure a spot at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup after defeating Argentina 4–1 on a penalty shoot-out following a 0–0 draw after extra time, in the 2015 Copa América Final.

As 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions, Mexico's qualifying path saw them face 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions United States in the 2015 CONCACAF Cup play-off match. The new format, in which the two most recent CONCACAF Gold Cup winners compete to decide the representative team of CONCACAF, was won by Mexico 3–2 after extra time. New Zealand were the sixth team to qualify for the tournament after defeating Papua New Guinea 4–2 on a penalty shoot-out following a 0–0 draw after extra time, in the 2016 OFC Nations Cup Final.

Portugal were the seventh team to qualify, after defeating host nation France 1–0 after extra time, in the UEFA Euro 2016 Final. The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winning team, Cameroon, took the eighth and final spot with their 2–1 win against Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Final. This will be the first time in FIFA Confederations Cup history that three national teams from any single confederation (Russia, Germany and Portugal from UEFA) will participate in the tournament.

Qualified teamsEdit

The following teams have qualified for the tournament.

Country Confederation Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1
  Russia UEFA 2018 FIFA World Cup hosts 1 2 December 2010 0 (debut)
  Germany UEFA 2014 FIFA World Cup winners 2 13 July 2014 2 (1999, 2005)
  Australia AFC2 2015 AFC Asian Cup winners 3 31 January 2015 3 (1997, 2001, 2005)
  Chile CONMEBOL 2015 Copa América winners 4 4 July 2015 0 (debut)
  Mexico CONCACAF 2015 CONCACAF Cup winners 5 10 October 2015 6 (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2013)
  New Zealand OFC 2016 OFC Nations Cup winners 6 11 June 2016 3 (1999, 2003, 2009)
  Portugal UEFA UEFA Euro 2016 winners 7 10 July 2016 0 (debut)
  Cameroon CAF 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners 8 5 February 2017 2 (2001, 2003)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
2 All of Australia's previous appearances were as champion of the Oceania Confederation. This is their first appearance representing Asia.


Four cities will serve as the venues for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.[3][4] All four venues will also be among the 12 used for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

On 8 October 2015, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee agreed on the official names of the stadiums used during the tournament.[5]

Saint Petersburg Moscow
Krestovsky Stadium
(Saint Petersburg Stadium)
Otkrytiye Arena
(Spartak Stadium)
Capacity: 68,134 Capacity: 45,360
Kazan Sochi
Kazan Arena Fisht Olympic Stadium
(Fisht Stadium)
Capacity: 45,379 Capacity: 47,659


The full schedule was announced by FIFA on 24 July 2015 (without kick-off times, which was confirmed later).[6] Russia was placed in position A1 in the group stage and will play in the opening match at the Zenit Arena in Saint Petersburg on 17 June. The distribution of the knockout stage matches are as follows:[7]


The draw took place on 26 November 2016, 18:00 MSK (UTC+3), at the Tennis Academy in Kazan.[8]

For the draw, the eight teams were allocated to two pots. Pot 1 contained the hosts Russia and the three highest-ranked teams in the November 2016 edition of the FIFA World Rankings (shown in parentheses below):[9] Germany, Chile, and Portugal. Pot 2 contained the remaining four teams: Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and the winners of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (whose identity was not known at the time of the draw, and regardless of their identity, could not be among the three highest-ranked participating teams),[10] which was won by Cameroon on 5 February 2017 to complete the line-up.[11]

The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four, with each group containing two teams from Pot 1 and two teams from Pot 2. During the draw procedure, teams were drawn into alternating groups (Group A, then Group B, repeating), and assigned a position within the group by drawing another ball. As hosts, Russia were automatically assigned to Position A1 in the draw. Since there were three teams from Europe, one of the two groups was certain to contain two teams from the same confederation (Russia and Portugal), the first time this happened in a FIFA Confederations Cup.[12]

Pot 1 Pot 2

Match officialsEdit

A total of 9 refereeing trios (a referee and two assistant referees), 1 support referee, and 8 video assistant referees were appointed for the tournament.[13][14]

Confederation Referee Assistant referees Support referee Video assistant referee
AFC   Fahad Al-Mirdasi   Abdullah Al-Shalawi
  Mohammed Al-Abakry
-   Ravshan Irmatov
  Alireza Faghani   Reza Sokhandan
  Mohammadreza Mansouri
CAF   Bakary Gassama   Jean-Claude Birumushahu
  Marwa Range
-   Malang Diedhiou
CONCACAF   Mark Geiger   Joe Fletcher
  Charles Justin Morgante
-   Jair Marrufo
CONMEBOL   Néstor Pitana   Hernán Maidana
  Juan Pablo Belatti
-   Enrique Cáceres
  Sandro Ricci
  Wilmar Roldán   Alexander Guzman
  Cristian De La Cruz
OFC - -   Abdelkader Zitouni -
UEFA   Milorad Mažić   Milovan Ristić
  Dalibor Đurđević
-   Artur Soares Dias
  Ovidiu Hațegan
  Clément Turpin
  Gianluca Rocchi   Elenito Di Liberatore
  Mauro Tonolini
  Damir Skomina   Jure Praprotnik
  Robert Vukan


Each team must first name a preliminary squad of 30 players. From the preliminary squad, the team must name a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by the FIFA deadline. Players in the final squad may be replaced due to serious injury up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match, where the replacement players do not need to be in the preliminary squad.[15]

Group stageEdit

The top two teams of each group advance to the semi-finals. The rankings of teams in each group are determined as follows (regulations Article 19.6):[15]

  1. points obtained in all group matches;
  2. goal difference in all group matches;
  3. number of goals scored in all group matches;

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings are determined as follows:

  1. points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. fair play points
    • first yellow card: minus 1 point;
    • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points;
    • direct red card: minus 4 points;
    • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points;
  5. drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

All times are local, MSK (UTC+3).[16]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Russia (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2   New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4   Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 17 June 2017. Source: FIFA
(H) Host.

17 June 2017 (2017-06-17)
Russia   Match 1   New Zealand

18 June 2017 (2017-06-18)
Portugal   Match 2   Mexico

21 June 2017 (2017-06-21)
Russia   Match 5   Portugal

21 June 2017 (2017-06-21)
Mexico   Match 6   New Zealand

24 June 2017 (2017-06-24)
Mexico   Match 9   Russia

24 June 2017 (2017-06-24)
New Zealand   Match 10   Portugal

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Cameroon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2   Chile 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4   Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 18 June 2017. Source: FIFA

18 June 2017 (2017-06-18)
Cameroon   Match 3   Chile

19 June 2017 (2017-06-19)
Australia   Match 4   Germany

22 June 2017 (2017-06-22)
Cameroon   Match 7   Australia

22 June 2017 (2017-06-22)
Germany   Match 8   Chile

25 June 2017 (2017-06-25)
Germany   Match 11   Cameroon

25 June 2017 (2017-06-25)
Chile   Match 12   Australia

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner.[15]

Semi-finals Final
28 June — Kazan
Winner Group A
2 July — Saint Petersburg
Runner-up Group B
Winner Match 13
29 June — Sochi
Winner Match 14
Winner Group B
Runner-up Group A
Third place play-off
2 July — Moscow
Loser Match 13
Loser Match 14


28 June 2017 (2017-06-28)
Winner Group A Match 13 Runner-up Group B

29 June 2017 (2017-06-29)
Winner Group B Match 14 Runner-up Group A

Third place play-offEdit

2 July 2017 (2017-07-02)
Loser Match 13 Match 15 Loser Match 14


2 July 2017 (2017-07-02)
Winner Match 13 Match 16 Winner Match 14

Prize moneyEdit

Based on final position, teams will receive prize money from FIFA.[citation needed]

Competition stage Final position Prize money (US dollars)
Final Winner $5,000,000
Runner-up $4,500,000
Match for third place Third place $3,500,000
Fourth place $3,000,000
Group stage Fifth to eighth place $2,000,000


Tickets will be distributed in four stages: pre-sale for VISA owners, random draw, first come first served and last minute sales.[17]


Broadcasting rightsEdit

EBU, RTR and CR1 have got the broadcasting rights to telecast 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.[29]

Country Broadcaster
  Russia EBU , RTR , CR1
  Germany Das Erste, ZDF, Sport 1
  Portugal RTP, EBU
  Mexico OTI, TV Azteca, Televisa
South America (except Brazil) DirecTV
  Argentina El Trece, Telefe, América TV, Canal 9 and TyC Sports
  Paraguay Telefuturo, SNT, Red Guaraní, Canal 13 and Tigo Sports
  Uruguay Monte Carlo TV, Channel 10 and Teledoce
  Brazil Rede Globo (few matches) and SporTV
  United Kingdom ITV
  United States Fox, Telemundo
  India Sony Six
  Australia Optus Sport
  Philippines ABS-CBN
  Indonesia RTV, OrangeTV
  Chile TVN, Mega, Canal 13
  Vietnam K+
  Bulgaria BNT
  Sweden SVT, TV4
  Denmark DR, TV 2
  Norway NRK, TV 2
  Armenia ARMTV
  Austria ORF
  Malaysia Astro
  Venezuela Meridiano Television
  Thailand Channel 3

Online servicesEdit

In 2015 Russian Ministry of Sport and Local Organising Committee launched, a website aimed at providing coverage of the preparation process ahead of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup.[30] In 2017 the website was updated to serve as a one-stop-shop, facilitating planning the trip to host cities for domestic and foreign fans alike.


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