The 2020 International Champions Cup has been canceled.
Daniel Sillman, CEO Relevent Sports Group, said Friday that planning a competition this summer was “unfeasible.”
Sillman said with the possibility of European leagues and UEFA tournament being played into August, if and when things get back to normal, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He added that the organization was looking forward to holding the tournament next year.
“We are heartbroken for the thousands who have succumbed to the awful COVID-19 disease, and our thoughts are with everyone who’s been impacted during this difficult time,” Sillman said in a statement.
“The health and safety of players, staff, fans, and all who are involved in our matches is always paramount. The lack of clarity of when social distancing and shelter-in-place restrictions will be lifted and the uncertain international football calendar, with the potential for European domestic leagues and UEFA tournaments being played into August, means planning a Men’s International Champions Cup this summer is unfeasible. We look forward to bringing the best clubs and most iconic match-ups in the world to the U.S. and Asia in 2021.”
Sillman indicated that several tournaments were still on tap for this year, including the Women’s ICC and ICC Futures.
“Over the past eight years, Relevent Sports Group has built an always on soccer platform, focused on growing the sport through events, grassroots programming and original content development,” he said. “That work continues through our multiple tournament properties including planning this year’s Women’s ICC and the ICC Futures, Alianza de Futbol, LaLiga North America, and our expanding original content capabilities.”