With UEFA now standing in the way of FIFA's plans for a revamped Club World Cup and new global Nations League, the future of the schedule is once again at issue. FIFA may or may not be planning a vote next month in Miami on their new $25b deal with an outside promoter for those two tournaments. Regardless, one thing is already clear. The future of the Confederations Cup is unlikely.
US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro underlined that in comments during his organization's annual general meeting over the weekend. The Athletic's Miki Turner has Cordeiro calling the Confederations Cup "done and over with." That's about as categorical as statements get, with the Confederations Cup out in place of something. What that is remains an open question. FIFA may answer it in March along with World Cup expansion for 2022.
Cordeiro also confirmed something else that's an open issue in this region. What happens to the Gold Cup? Concacaf president Victor Montagliani already said that the Gold Cup might not have a future. Now, Cordeiro is also underlining what happens after 2021. Concacaf later clarified their position in a press statement.
"Following recent media reports, Concacaf clarifies that it is fully committed to the Concacaf Gold Cup and confirms that the 2019, 2021 and 2023 editions are part of the FIFA Calendar. Additionally, once the new FIFA calendar is produced after 2023, Concacaf will continue organizing the pinnacle event of our confederation."
Regardless, what all of this means is a looming disruption to the international calendar. Keir Radnedge explains the issues UEFA has with FIFA's plans for the Club World Cup and global Nations League. Inside World Football's Andrew Warshaw on UEFA's objections.
UEFA's issues with FIFA's plans for a windfall are a major part of their issues. So is control over the international calendar, something that continues to loom over the whole of soccer. It's hard to downplay how important the fight over scheduling could become. It's not just the international breaks. It's how international tournaments exist alongside club schedules, leagues and tournaments as well as the lucrative summer tours.
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