FIFA, the governing body of International football has approved the regulations of FIFA Confederations Cup 2017. The competition is a rehearsal of 2018 FIFA World Cup which will be held next year. FIFA has already approved Krestovsky Stadium which is one of the hosting ground of the competition. Based on preparations of Russia for the Confederations Cup, FIFA approved the regulations. On 10th of January 2017, Russia Deputy Prime Minister stated that FIFA approved regulations of Confederations Cup.
FIFA Approves Regulations of 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
Vitaly Mutko is the president of Russian Football Union also who said “The regulations for the Confederations Cup have been approved and they come in force starting today. Several amendments were introduced to the regulations regarding the status and transfers of players.”
“One of the issues today was preparation for the World Cup, the Confederations Cup in Russia… In general, the preparation received a very good assessment from the Executive Committee.”
FIFA Confederations Cup has been held one year before the FIFA World Cup. Both competitions are being held in same nation. The Confd. Cup is something like a trial football event that determines facilities and preparations of FIFA World Cup.
Including hosts, the FIFA Confederations Cup will be played among eight national football teams. However, eight and final team yet to qualify for the tournament and that will be Champion of Africa. Los Canarinhos [Brazil] are the defending champions of Confd. Cup who won it most times . You can see all winners of Confederations Cup.
The competition begins on 17 June in Russia with opening game between the hosts and New Zealand. Group A is featured with hosts Russia, New Zealand, Portugal and Mexico. Group B teams are Germany, Chile, Australia and Africa Champions. Eight team will be decided on 5th February 2017.