The 1999 edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup will take place in Mexico from 28 July to 8 August 1999 – and not in January as originally scheduled.

The FIFA Organising Committee of the Confederations’ Cup, meeting in Zurich under chairman Abdullah Al-Dabal (Saudi Arabia), officially confirmed the decision to postpone the tournament.

The re-scheduling was agreed because of difficulties involved in the release of players for certain of the eight competing countries.

The new dates have been formally confirmed by all the competing teams, including the World Champions, France, as the European representatives. The French Football Federation has notified FIFA that unlike the original January period, it will be able to field a strong team in July/August.

The matches will be played in the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City (Group A) and the Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara (Group B). The draw last month placed Mexico, Bolivia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia in Group A, and Brazil, the United States, France and New Zealand in Group B.

The Organising Committee’s decision remains to be ratified by the FIFA Executive Committee in early December.