Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Concacaf evens out rewards for winners
by Ridge Mahoney, April 5th, 2013 7:45PM

TAGS:  confederations cup, gold cup


[GOLD CUP] No longer will the Gold Cup champion be a lame-duck winner every other year. Concacaf has announced that this year’s winner will enter a playoff for a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup. Its opponent will be the 2015 Gold Cup champion in a format that gives the biannual competitions equal value as a regional championship.

Previously, one competition took priority over the other in determining the Concacaf representative for the Confederations Cup, which is held every four years as a prelude to the World Cup and matches up the winners of the regional competitions. Under the new format, the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cup winners will square off at a site to be determined.

The move is expected to ramp up interest in the Gold Cup. According to Concacaf, ticket sales for the 2013 edition – three months prior to the start of play – are ahead of where they were two years ago for the 2011 competition. Cumulative ticket sales of more than 600,000 were registered for the 13 match days in 2011, including nine sellouts.

“This innovative resolution will allow the champion of every single Gold Cup edition to have the same competitive opportunity to represent Concacaf at the international level,” said president Jeffrey Webb in a statement announcing the changes.

If the same nation wins both the 2013 and 2015 competitions – as was the case when Mexico triumphed in 2009 and 2011 – it qualifies automatically for the 2017 Confederations Cup. If a playoff is needed it will be held in the second half of 2015.

The 2013 Gold Cup kicks off July 7 in the Rose Bowl and concludes July 28 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The 12 entrants have been drawn into three groups, with Mexico heading Group A, Honduras the top seed in Group B, and host USA in Group C.

FOX Sports Media Group, for the first time, is televising all 25 matches of the event. Spanish-language broadcast partner Univision will cover the entire tournament on its platforms, and Fútbol de Primera will carry Spanish-language radio broadcasts on its system of more than 100 affiliates.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS preseason returns to Tucson in 2016    
Ten MLS teams will take part in preseason training in Tucson, Arizona, where the 2016 Desert ...
Ellis calls up Colaprico and Lavelle for first time    
U.S. women's national team coach Jill Eilis called in 28 players -- 20 who went to ...
What They're Saying: Chris Dangerfield    
'We used to go to movies, have cups of tea, strange things you do when you ...
What They're Saying: Tim Leiweke    
"I think we have found a site. It's probably different than what people think we're doing, ...
Video Pick: How Ronaldo gets treated by customs     
Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't seem to have a difficult time getting through customs, as demonstrated by this ...
NASL's Jacksonville banks on Tony Meola    
Hall of Fame goalkeeper Tony Meola, whose previous coaching experience since retiring as a player in ...
Video Pick: Messi proves he's fully recovered    
Lionel Messi, out of Barcelona's starting lineup for two months because of a knee injury, scored ...
Red Bulls' success nets Marsch Coach of the Year honors    
Inexperienced head coaches don't often flourish in MLS, yet in just his second season as a ...
TV Report: El Clasico draws 1.87 million BeIN Sports viewers    
The Real Madrid-Barcelona game on beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Espanol drew a combined television ...
What They're Saying: Rangers manager Mark Warburton    
"I have been delighted with his contribution and the last game he played for Rangers was ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives