The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup was the 10th FIFA Confederations Cup, a quadrennial international men's football tournament organised by FIFA. It was held in Russia, from 17 June to 2 July 2017, as a prelude to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Russia was announced as the hosts on 2 December 2010 after the country was awarded the hosting rights of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The matches were played in four different stadiums across four cities: Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan, and Sochi. It was the first time Russia has hosted the tournament, and the third time the Confederations Cup has been held in the European continent. As hosts, Russia qualified automatically for the tournament; they were joined by the six winners of the FIFA confederation championships and the 2014 FIFA World Cup champions, Germany.
The final tournament was played in two stages: a group stage and a latter knockout stage. In the group stage, each team played 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 competed in single-elimination matches, beginning with the semi-finals and ending with the final match of the tournament. A third-place match was 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. This was the first Confederations Cup to feature video assistant referees (VARs).
The eight competing teams were the host nation, the reigning FIFA World Cup champions, and the six holders of the FIFA confederation championships. If any team qualified for multiple berths (such as, if the World Cup champions also won their continental championship), the next best-placed team from their continental championship would have qualified.
After Russia secured a spot in the tournament as the 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 was the first time in FIFA Confederations Cup history that three national teams from any single confederation (Russia, Germany and Portugal from UEFA) participated in the tournament.
The following teams qualified for the tournament.
|Country||Confederation||Qualified as||Qualified on||Previous appearances in tournament1|
|Russia||UEFA||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)|
On 8 October 2015, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee agreed on the official names of the stadiums used during the tournament.
(Saint Petersburg Stadium)
|Capacity: 68,134||Capacity: 45,360|
|Kazan Arena||Fisht Olympic Stadium
|Capacity: 45,379||Capacity: 47,659|
The full schedule was announced by FIFA on 24 July 2015 (without kick-off times, which were confirmed later). Russia was placed in position A1 in the group stage and played in the opening match against New Zealand at the Zenit Arena in Saint Petersburg on 17 June. The distribution of the knockout stage matches was as follows:
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): 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), which was won by Cameroon on 5 February 2017 to complete the line-up.
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.
|Pot 1||Pot 2|
|Confederation||Referee||Assistant referees||Support referee||Video assistant referee|
|AFC||Fahad Al-Mirdasi|| Abdullah Al-Shalawi
|Alireza Faghani|| Reza Sokhandan
|CAF||Bakary Gassama|| Jean-Claude Birumushahu
|CONCACAF||Mark Geiger|| Joe Fletcher
Charles Justin Morgante
|CONMEBOL||Néstor Pitana|| Hernán Maidana
Juan Pablo Belatti
|–|| Enrique Cáceres
|Wilmar Roldán|| Alexander Guzman
Cristian De La Cruz
|UEFA||Milorad Mažić|| Milovan Ristić
|–|| Artur Soares Dias
|Gianluca Rocchi|| Elenito Di Liberatore
|Damir Skomina|| Jure Praprotnik
Each team had to name a preliminary squad of 30 players. From the preliminary squad, the team had to name a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by the FIFA deadline. Players in the final squad could be replaced due to serious injury up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team's first match, where the replacement players did not need to be in the preliminary squad. The official squads were announced by FIFA on 8 June 2017.
The top two teams of each group advanced to the semi-finals. The rankings of teams in each group were determined as follows (regulations Article 19.6):
If two or more teams were equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings were determined as follows:
|1||Portugal||3||2||1||0||7||2||+5||7||Advance to knockout stage|
17 June 2017
18 June 2017
21 June 2017
21 June 2017
24 June 2017
24 June 2017
|1||Germany||3||2||1||0||7||4||+3||7||Advance to knockout stage|
18 June 2017
19 June 2017
22 June 2017
|Zambo Anguissa 45+1'||Report||Milligan 60' (pen.)|
22 June 2017
|Stindl 41'||Report||Sánchez 6'|
25 June 2017
25 June 2017
|Rodríguez 67'||Report||Troisi 42'|
In the knockout stage, if a match was level at the end of normal playing time, extra time was played (two periods of 15 minutes each), where each team was allowed to make a fourth substitution. If still tied after extra time, the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winners.
|28 June — Kazan|
|2 July — Saint Petersburg|
|Chile (p)||0 (3)|
|29 June — Sochi|
|Third place play-off|
|2 July — Moscow|
28 June 2017
29 June 2017
2 July 2017
|Report||Neto 54' (o.g.)|
2 July 2017
|Golden Ball||Silver Ball||Bronze Ball|
|Julian Draxler||Alexis Sánchez||Leon Goretzka|
|Golden Boot||Silver Boot|
|Timo Werner||Leon Goretzka||Lars Stindl|
|3 goals, 2 assists||3 goals, 0 assists|
|FIFA Fair Play Award|
Additionally, Fifa.com shortlisted six goals so that football fans could vote on the tournaments' best. The poll closed on 10 July.
|Hyundai Goal of the Tournament|
43 goals were scored in 16 matches, for an average of 2.69 goals per match.
Based on final position, teams received prize money from FIFA.
|Competition stage||Final position||Prize money (US dollars)|
|Match for third place||Third place||$3,500,000|
|Group stage||Fifth to eighth place||$2,000,000|
Tickets were distributed in four stages: pre-sale for VISA owners, random draw, first come first served and last minute sales.
|FIFA partners||FIFA World Cup sponsors||European supporters|
|Australia||SBS, Optus Sport|||
|Bolivia||Unitel, Red Uno, DirecTV|||
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||BHRT|||
|Brazil||Globo, SporTV, Band|||
|Canada||CTV, RDS, TSN|||
|Chile||Canal 13, TVN, Mega, DirecTV|||
|Colombia||Caracol TV, RCN TV, DirecTV|||
|Costa Rica||Teletica, Sky|||
|Denmark||DR, TV 2|||
|El Salvador||TCS, Sky|||
|France||TF1, SFR Sport|||
|Greenland||DR, TV 2|||
|India||Sony Pictures Networks|||
|Japan||Fuji TV, NHK|||
|MENA[note 1]||beIN Sports|||
|Mexico||Televisa, TV Azteca|||
|Nepal||Sony Pictures Networks|||
|New Zealand||Prime, Sky Sport|||
|Norway||NRK, TV 2|||
|Pakistan||Sony Pictures Networks|||
|Panama||Corporación Medcom, Televisora Nacional, Sky|||
|Peru||Latina Televisión, DirecTV|||
|Puerto Rico||Telemundo Puerto Rico, Punto 2|||
|Russia||Channel One, Match TV|||
|South Africa||SABC, SuperSport|||
|South Korea||KBS, MBC, SBS|||
|Sub-Saharan Africa[note 2]||SuperSport, Star Times|||
|United Kingdom||ITV[note 3]|||
|United States||Fox, Telemundo|||
|Uruguay||Monte Carlo TV, Canal 10, Teledoce, TyC|||
|Venezuela||Meridiano Televisión, Venevisión|||
Free travel via additional trains travelling between host cities during the sporting events were provided to spectators holding match tickets or documents granting access to the match, along with FAN ID.
FAN IDs were issued to all spectators of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 for access to a stadium. FAN ID gave the opportunity to use free transport services on the match days in the cities hosting the sports events. The foreign citizens, who come to the Russian Federation as spectators of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 matches, could use their FAN IDs for multiple visa-free entry into and exit from the Russian Federation upon presentation of valid identity documents that are recognized as such by the Russian Federation, during the period that started ten days before the date of the first match and ended ten days after the date of the last match of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017. There were complaints that Russian authorities were canceling FAN IDs without notice very close to kickoff times.
In 2015, the 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.
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