Confederations Cup 2017

The Confederations Cup will take place in Russia between 17 June and 2 July 2017 and will feature Russia, 2014 World Cup winners Germany and the six reigning champions of world football’s confederations: Australia, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal and Cameroon.

The Confederations Cup acts as a mini dress-rehearsal for the World Cup. In 2013 host Brazil won the competition.

World Cup 2018: Qualifying draw


A year on from the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia was made in St Petersburg on 25 July 2015. The result of that draw is:


Group A
Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, Luxembourg
Group B
Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Latvia, Andorra
Group C
Germany, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan, San Marino
Group D
Wales , Austria, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Moldova, Georgia
Group E
Romania, Denmark, Poland, Montenegro, Armenia, Kazakhstan
Group F
England, Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Malta
Group G
Spain, Italy, Albania, Israel, FYR Macedonia, Liechtenstein
Group H
Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus
Group I
Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland

Nine group winners qualify. Eight runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups proceed to play-offs. Russia automatically qualify as hosts.


Round one: Two-legged ties, played 5 October and 13 October.
Somalia v Niger, South Sudan v Mauritania, Gambia v Namibia, Sao Tome e Principe v Ethiopia, Chad v Sierra Leone, Comoros v Lesotho, Dijibouti v Swaziland, Eritrea v Botswana, Seychelles v Burundi, Liberia v Guinea-Bissau, Central African Republic v Madagascar, Mauritius v Kenya, Tanzania v Malawi

Round two: Two-legged ties, played 9 November and 17 November.
Somalia/Niger v Cameroon, South Sudan/Mauritania v Tunisia, Gambia/Namibia v Guinea, Sao Tome e Principe/Ethiopia v Congo, Chad/Sierra Leone v Egypt, Comoros/Lesotho v Ghana, Djibouti/Swaziland v Nigeria, Eritrea/Botswana v Mali, Seychelles/Burundi v Congo DR, Liberia/Guinea-Bissau v Ivory Coast, Central African Republic/Madagascar v Senegal, Mauritius/Kenya v Cape Verde, Tanzania/Malawi v Algeria, Sudan v Zambia, Libya v Rwanda, Morocco v Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique v Gabon, Benin v Burkina Faso, Togo v Uganda, Angola v South Africa

The 20 winners from the second round will go into a third round comprising five groups of four. The winners of each group qualify for the World Cup.


Third round: Two-legged ties, played from 31 August to 8 September.
Curacao v El Salvador, Canada v Belize, Grenada v Haiti, Jamaica v Nicaragua, St Vincent & Grenadines v Aruba, Antigua & Barbuda v Guatemala

Group A
Honduras, Mexico, Curacao/El Salvador, Canada/Belize
Group B
Panama, Costa Rica, Grenada/Haiti, Jamaica/Nicaragua
Group C
Trinidad & Tobago, USA, St Vincent & Grenadines/Aruba, Antigua & Barbuda/Guatemala

The top two teams from each group will play in a six-team mini-league. The top three qualify and the fourth goes into an inter-continental play-off.


Round one (group stage)
American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga

Round two (group stage)
Group A
Winner of round one between American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga. Plus Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Tahiti
Group B
New Zealand, Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands

The top three teams in Group A and Group B progress to round three. That will comprise of two groups of three, with the top team in each progressing to a two-legged play-off. The winners of that qualify for the inter-continental play-off.

South America

Group stage
Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay

Top four automatically qualify. Fifth place goes into a play-off.

Third World Cup stadium opens for buisness ahead of Confederations Cup.

Screen Shot 2013-04-13 at 16.02.35Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has inaugurated the third of 12 stadiums that will host the 2014 World Cup. The new stadium is the 50,000-seat Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador (photo).

The brand-new stadium built at a cost of R$ 592 million ($296.58 million) is one of six scheduled to be used for the Confederations Cup. The Fonte Nova stadium was demolished and rebuilt from scratch after seven fans died when part of the old terracing collapsed during a game in 2007. It will host three Confederations Cup games – Nigeria v Uruguay on 20 June, Italy v Brazil on 22 June and the third-place play off.

The Arena Pernambuco stadium will be inaugurated on 14 April and the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia will open on 21 April. Brasilia will host the opening game of the Confederations Cup on 15 June when Brazil takes on Japan.

The last of the Confederations Cup’s six stadiums to open will be the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, which is due to be delivered on 27  April.

Maracanã almost ready for business and the World Cup


The final touches are taking place at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro so that it can be ready to host its first matches since it closed its doors after a game between Flamengo and Santos on 5 September 2010.

The first game after 912 days, is expected to take place on 27 April 2013 between two teams made up of the friends of Brazilian World Cup legends Ronaldo and Bebeto.

The first official game at the “new” stadium, and the first the general public will be allowed to attend, will be on 2 June when Brazil takes on England.

The capacity of the “new” Maracanã, which is scheduled to host three Confederations Cup matches in June, including the final on 30 June, will be 78,639. The stadium is set to host seven matches during the FIFA World Cup in 2014, including the final. It will also host the opening and closing ceremonies during the 2016 Olympic Games.

Ticket sales strong for Confederations Cup

More than 86 per cent of the 426,343 assigned tickets for the FIFA Confederations Cup have been directly distributed to the general public following the ballot triggered by the first public sales phase. The lottery allocated 209,692 tickets among the 399,525 ticket requests received during the first public sales phase, which ended on 15 January 2013.

In total, footballs fans resident in 138 different countries have bought tickets so far. During the first public sales phase for the FIFA Confederations Cup, the host nation Brazil leads the way in terms of successful applicants, with 98 per cent, followed in descending order by the USA, Mexico, Spain, Japan, Germany, Italy and England.

The second public tickets sales phase, following the ‘first come, first served’ principle, began on 15 February. In total, FIFA says, approximately 291,200 tickets are still available for those who would like to see the eight high-profile teams live at the stadiums during the ‘Festival of Champions’ from 15 to 30 June 2013.

As of 15 February there were no longer tickets available for the opening match between hosts Brazil and Japan on 15 June in Brasilia, or the Group A match between Italy and Brazil in Salvador. There was a limited number of tickets available for the final on 30 June in the Maracana.

As per FIFA’s promise to make its events accessible to all Brazilians, already 75,556 tickets have been assigned for Category 4, which is exclusively for residents of the host country, and 25,000 more than stipulated in the General Bill.

Overall 67,582 tickets have been purchased in Cat 1, 84,503 in CAT2 and 113,790 in Cat 3. Furthermore, 51,473 tickets were sold to FIFA’s sponsors, the majority of which will run promotional activities offering fans the chance to win those tickets. 16,184 tickets have been bought by the participating teams, while 9,734 seats have been sold as part of the hospitality packages by MATCH Hospitality.

Tickets for the Confederations Cup can be bought directly from FIFA by CLICKING HERE

Ticket Sales for Confederations Cup

Tickets for the 2013 Confederations Cup went on sale 3 December – two days after the draw in Sao Paulo, when supporters found out who plays whom and where – all ticket categories, including category 4 tickets which are exclusively reserved for Brazilian residents, are on sale. During this first sales phase at least 50,000 category 4 tickets will be offered to Brazilian residents.

Approximately 830,000 tickets will be available for the 16 matches in the six different venues – Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador. Booking is available via

Students, people over the age of 60 and recipients of the Brazilian social programme Bolsa Familia will be entitled to receive a 50 per cent discount on the ticket face value. Elderly people (over-60s) resident in Brazil will be entitled to receive a 50 per cent discount for category 1-3 tickets. In addition, a certain allocation of category 1-3 tickets were exclusively offered to Visa card holders worldwide in a pre-sale phase. 132,795 tickets had already been sold through Visa prior to 3 December – compared to 10,000 at the same stage prior to South Africa 2009.

In general, football fans will be able to either buy up to six individual tickets for a maximum of ten matches or purchase a maximum of six specific series comprising several matches in one venue. As Brasilia will host only the opening match it has no venue-specific series.

For the group stage, tickets for international supporters will be sold in US dollars ranging from US$60 to 140 subject to the category, and tickets for Brazilians will be sold in Brazilian reals ranging from R$57 in category 4 to R$266 in category 1. Discounted category 4 tickets for first-round group matches for Brazilian residents will be sold at R$28.5.

In accordance with Brazilian  laws, at least 1 per cent of the total quantity of purchasable tickets offered will be made available for disabled customers. Tickets for disabled people have been set at the category 3 ticket face value price. Disabled customers also have the option of requesting a complimentary ticket for a companion who will assist and accompany them to the match.

During the first sales phase from 3 December to 15 January, it will not matter on what date ticket applications are submitted as all requests will be collected at the end of the sales phase and then processed together.

If the number of applications per match and category exceeds the number of available tickets, a random selection draw will take place to determine the successful applicants for the respective matches or categories.

Brazilian fans who do not have access to the internet have been invited by the Brazilian Government to use the public infrastructure (such as schools) to apply for tickets.

The Brazilian site is: Copa 2014

Brazil set to play England twice in 2013 in London and in Rio

Brazil is scheduled to play England twice in 2013 as Brazil prepares for the Confederations Cup and England look ahead to the 2014 World Cup.

The first game is scheduled for Wednesday, 6 February at Wembley Stadium in London as part of The FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

The two teams will then meet again Sunday, 2 June in a match that will mark the re-opening of the “new” Maracanã Stadium (photo) in Rio de Janeiro, the iconic stadium that will host the World Cup Final in 2014, and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Club England Managing Director Adrian Bevington said: “We’re delighted Brazil will kick-off The FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations at Wembley. 2013 is a landmark year for The FA and an exciting England fixture programme, in addition to Wembley hosting the UEFA Champions League Final, will form a key part of the celebrations. As the most successful footballing nation, with great players and supporters, it will be fantastic to launch this important year in English football’s history against such outstanding opponents as Brazil.”

Tahiti Heads for Brazil in 2013

Tahiti has become the first Pacific Islands nation to win the Oceania title, and in the process has won the right to a spot in the Confederations Cup in 2013.

Tahiti had appeared in three previous finals – 1973, 1980 and 1996 – but finally took top spot by beating New Caledonia in the final to earn a long-awaited continental crown.

The victory completed a five-match winning run in the eight-nation competition, with Tahiti now set to become the first nation other than Australia or New Zealand to represent Oceania at the global tournament.

New Zealand, the favourites for the title, claimed third place with a 4-3 win over Solomon Islands. All four semi-finalists will feature in the third and final stage of Oceania 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualifying which is due to commence later this year.