New York (AFP)
US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro says the FIFA Confederations
Cup will not be played again and the biennial CONCACAF Gold Cup
could be scrapped after 2021.
Cordeiro made the comments in a report on The Athletic website
after earlier remarks at US Soccer's annual general meeting.
The eight-nation Confederations Cup has been contested every year
before the World Cup since 2005, with continental champions and
reigning World Cup champions joined by the upcoming World Cup
But FIFA scrapped the event ahead of the 2022 Qatar World Cup
given its winter scheduling due to extreme heat and Cordeiro says
it won't return in favor of more playoffs ahead of an expanded
"It's done and over with," he told The Athletic. "In place of
Confederations Cup there will be intracontinental playoffs to get
to that 48-team (World Cup)."
Cordeiro added that the Gold Cup, which features nations in the
North American region and is mainly hosted in US venues in June
and July, could be ended after this year and 2021.
"The Gold Cup is only legislated for this year and 2021, so it
could go on but it may not happen," he said. "There have been
talks in the last year between (South American federation)
CONMEBOL and CONCACAF on a kind of combined Copa America but they
haven't been able to come to an agreement on that."
Gold Cup organizers and regional governing body CONCACAF, in a
statement Tuesday, said it is committed to the Gold Cup through
2023 and beyond.
"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," the
"Additionally, once the new FIFA calendar is produced after 2023,
CONCACAF will continue organizing the pinnacle event of our