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2020 Benacia Cup

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2020 Benacia Cup
Tournament details
Host country Batavia Batavia
Dates 1 – 15 August 2020
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 5 host cities)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
2018
2022

The 2020 Benacia Cup, will be the sixth tournament of the Benacia Cup, and will be held in Batavia between 1 August and 15 August 2020. The eight competing national teams will all qualify successfully to be involved. The tournament's matches will be played in six stadiums in five different cities around Batavia.

Hosting

Batavia was chosen as the host of the tournament after submitting the sole application. The FMF Executives agreed that the bid was suitable for hosting and announced that the host's national team would receive an automatic berth in the tournament, as well as the winners of the previous tournament.

Stadiums

Boycotts

On 30/11/2019 the Unified Governorates of Benacia announced that it would be boycotting the 2020 Benacia Cup as part of the policy of Cultural Quarantine implemented against the Batavian Confederation and Francia owing to their allegiance to the "Neo-Vanic" ruling dynasty of the Batavian and Francian realms - the House of Vinandy. The UGB called upon the sporting authorities of all other sovereign Benacian states in the WMFA to join the boycott and to organise a "Free Benacian Championship" in its place. Shireroth aligned itself with the UGB statement and indicated that it would also be boycotting the main tournament, not the qualifiers, unless the war had ended.

The Elwynnese Republic decided to boycott from the main tournament, due to the king of Batavia (as Frankish emperor) waging war against Elwynn, unless (1) peace is achieved, or (2) the tournament is held elsewhere; Elwynn will however take part in the qualifiers, excepting any travels to Francia due to the hostilities. Elwynn calls upon the WMFA to schedule any qualifying matches between an RP member state, on one hand, and Batavia, Kasterburg or Francia, in the other, in a neutral country far removed from the politics of the hostilities, in empty stadia without playing any national anthems, for as long as the Second Amokolian War is ongoing. Sanama on the other hand reserved their decision until the team actually makes the main tournament.

Both Elwynn and Shireroth expressed cautious interest in the UGB-proposed "Free Benacian Championship".

With the signing of the Peace of Norfae, the UGB signalled to the WMFA that the boycott would be suspended for the duration of the peace. Elwynn withdrew from the boycott, indicating that criterion (1) for ending the boycott had been met. Accordingly, Elwynn would participate fully in the tournament. However, after Francia's Froyalan Tribunal declared the Elwynnese republic an illegal entity usurping the government of the "rightful" King Noah, Elwynn announced that it withdrew from the Benacia Cup on 26 February 2020, but continued the qualifications. Once the qualifiers showed that Elwynn would advance, Elwynn decided to remain in the competition. "It will be nice to let the King-Emperor and his Froyalaner wife hear our national anthem and see our flag being raised, all the way to the finals, where they'll give us – a country that they have deemed to be illegal – the winning trophy", said the manager of the Elwynn national football team on 3 June 2020.

Although a little late to the party, on 26/02/2020 the Drak-Modan national football team instituted a travel ban on the team from visiting any tournaments held in Neo-Vanic nations (Arcadia, Batavia, Francia, Helderbourgh, and Stormark) in the future.

The Sanaman Football Federation issued a statement shortly after the team qualified for the finals stating that the team would participate and do its part in defeating the Vanics.

Qualification

List of qualified teams

Squads

Teams will be required to name a twenty-man squad for the tournament, with two goalkeepers, numbered 1 to 20.

Group stage

The group draw was made by FMF President Craitman H. Pellegrino and AEFA President Barnaby Rudolph.

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Batavia Batavia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advances to semi-finals
Shireroth Shireroth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Elwynn Elwynn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
Kasterburg Kasterburg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


1 August 2020
Batavia Batavia Kasterburg Kasterburg


1 August 2020
Shireroth Shireroth Elwynn Elwynn


5 August 2020
Kasterburg Kasterburg Elwynn Elwynn


5 August 2020
Batavia Batavia Shireroth Shireroth


9 August 2020
Shireroth Shireroth Kasterburg Kasterburg


9 August 2020
Elwynn Elwynn Batavia Batavia

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Craitland Craitland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advances to semi-finals
Tellia Tellia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sanama Sanama 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
Unified Governorates Unified Governorates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1 August 2020
Craitland Craitland Unified Governorates Unified Governorates


1 August 2020
Tellia Tellia Sanama Sanama


5 August 2020
Unified Governorates Unified Governorates Sanama Sanama


5 August 2020
Craitland Craitland Tellia Tellia


9 August 2020
Tellia Tellia Unified Governorates Unified Governorates


9 August 2020
Sanama Sanama Craitland Craitland

Knock-out stages

Semi-finals

12 August 2020
Winner Group A TBD TBD Runner-up Group B

12 August 2020
Winner Group B TBD TBD Runner-up Group A

Third-place play-off

15 August 2020
Loser Semi-final 1 TBD TBD Loser Semi-final 2

Final

15 August 2020
Winner Semi-final 1 TBD TBD Winner Semi-final 2

Goalscorers

See also