The future of the Confederations Cup is uncertain given the strain it puts on clubs, players and World Cup organizers, German Football Association President Reinhard Grindel said on Wednesday.
The international tournament is staged by every World Cup host in the year before the sport’s biggest prize and was conceived as a way of helping organizers test venues and operations ahead of the big event.
It features continental competition winners, the world champions and the Worlds Cup hosts. This year’s begins on June 17 in Russia, which hosts next year’s World Cup.
There will be no competition in 2021 ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar due to the summer heat in the desert state.
The World Cup itself will be played during winter months, when temperatures are somewhat cooler — a decision that has angered clubs and federations as it affects league action in many countries.
Germany has sent a second-string squad to Russia to give key players a rest ahead of next year’s world title defense. They kick off their group matches against Australia on June 19.