2020 Benacia Cup
|Dates||1 – 15 August 2020|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||6 (in 5 host cities)|
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.
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.
- De Ovaal, 's Koningenwaarde
- Fortuna Stadium, Davignon
- Jairo Stadium, 's Koningenwaarde
- Reperlaan Stadion, Macoeur
- Sportpark Vinandy, Vinandy
- Van Den Braendestadion, Zeeburg
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.
List of qualified teams
Teams will be required to name a twenty-man squad for the tournament, with two goalkeepers, numbered 1 to 20.
|Batavia||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advances to semi-finals|
|Craitland||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advances to semi-finals|
Craitland v Unified Governorates
1 August 2020
Unified Governorates v Sanama
5 August 2020
Tellia v Unified Governorates
9 August 2020
Winner Group A v Runner-up Group B
12 August 2020
|Winner Group A||–||Runner-up Group B|
Winner Group B v Runner-up Group A
12 August 2020
|Winner Group B||–||Runner-up Group A|
Loser Semi-final 1 v Loser Semi-final 2
15 August 2020
|Loser Semi-final 1||–||Loser Semi-final 2|
Winner Semi-final 1 v Winner Semi-final 2
15 August 2020
|Winner Semi-final 1||–||Winner Semi-final 2|