FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 - Tournament Structure and Schedule

FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 - Brasil - LogoThe 9th edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup, which is held as a prelude to the FIFA World Cup, is held in Brazi from June 15th - June 30th of this year and it will feature eight nations from six football confederations.

The six current confederation title holders are joined by the World Cup winners and the host nation to form a tournament of eight. The upcoming FIFA World Cup host nation is also the host for the Confederations Cup.

The tournament will be held across six venues in six host cities in Brazil and the final game will be played on June 30th at Estádio do Maracană in Rio de Janeiro.

The eight teams are divided in two groups of four and every team gets to play against the other three teams in the group once. The two top teams from each group advance to the semi-finals and the winners of those get to play in the final. There is also a match played for third place.

This is what the groups look like:

Group A

Group B

Europe and South America are represented by two teams each because Spain won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Brazil is the tournament host. As Spain won the 2012 European Cup as well, Italy, the runners up, get to play.

The official match ball for the tournament is named 'Cafusa' and is supplied by Adidas.

The Goal-line technology will be used for the first time in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and it will be interesting to see it in action.

Spain and the last FIFA Confederations Cup winners Brazil are the favourites in the competition.

Here is the full tournament schedule:

15 June - Brazil vs. Japan
16 June - Mexico vs. Italy
16 June - Spain vs. Uruguay
17 June - Tahiti vs. Nigeria
19 June - Brazil vs. Mexico
19 June - Italy vs. Japan
20 June - Spain vs. Tahiti
20 June - Nigeria vs. Uruguay
22 June - Italy vs. Brazil
22 June - Japan vs. Mexico
23 June - Nigeria vs. Spain
23 June - Uruguay vs. Tahiti

26 June - Semi-finals A1 vs. B2
27 June - Semi-finals B1 vs. A2

30 June - Third place
30 June - Final

We will be previewing the games on the site.