For the second time in the history of the FIFA Confederations Cup, the "Golden Goal" rule will apply when the knock-out phase begins.

From the semi-finals on, matches which are drawn after 90 minutes will go into extra time (2 x 15 minutes). The first team to score a goal in extra time will immediately be declared the winner. If there is no goal scored in 30 minutes of extra time, the match will be settled in the customary manner by a penalty shoot-out.

The "Golden Goal" rule has been used by FIFA since the 1993 World Youth Championship in Australia and has become a regular feature of FIFA's youth competitions, the Olympic Football Tournaments and the FIFA Confederations Cup.

The two most famous "Golden Goals" were both scored some three years ago. Only a few minutes into extra time, Germany's Oliver Bierhoff put an abrupt end to the dreams of the Czech Republic in the 1996 EURO final match. Later that year, Nwankwo Kanu sealed Brazil's fate in the Olympic semi-final, sending Nigeria to the gold medal match. In December 1997, Australia qualified for the championship match of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Riyadh when Harry Kewell finished off a surprise attack with a superb golden goal against Uruguay only two minutes into extra-time.