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The 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League will be the inaugural season of the CONCACAF Nations League, an international association football competition involving the men's national teams of the 41 member associations of CONCACAF. The Nations League qualifying tournament also served as part of the qualifying process for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which has been expanded from 12 to 16 teams.

2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
6 September 2018 – 24 March 2019
Group phase:
5 September – 19 November 2019
Final championship:
March 2020
Teams41

Contents

FormatEdit

The format proposals were first formally investigated at the XXXII CONCACAF Ordinary Congress in Oranjestad, Aruba on 8 April 2017.[1] The tournament was officially confirmed by CONCACAF in November 2017.[2] The format and schedule of the Nations Leagues was announced on 7 March 2018, 10:00 EST (UTC−5), at The Temple House in Miami Beach, Florida, United States.[3][4]

The Nations League will begin with a one-off qualifying phase, to be played across four matchdays from September 2018 to March 2019, which will determine the composition of the leagues for the group phase of the tournament. Apart from the 6 teams which participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying hexagonal, the other 34 teams (Guatemala could not enter due to FIFA suspension) entered qualifying. Each team will play four matches, two home and two away, with the results compiled into an aggregate table. Based on the standings, the teams will be divided into tiers for the group phase of the inaugural edition of the CONCACAF Nations League. Moreover, the top 10 teams in the qualifying phase will qualify for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, joining the 6 hexagonal participants.[5][6]

The group phase of the Nations League, consisting of three tiered leagues, will be played in the official FIFA match windows in September, October, and November 2019. All eligible teams will be assigned by sporting performance into Leagues A, B, and C. Each league will be sub-divided into four groups, featuring promotion and relegation, in which the teams will compete in a home-and-away, round-robin format over the course of the group phase.[7]

League A will contain 12 teams, with the 6 hexagonal participants joined by the top 6 teams from qualifying. The league will be split into four groups of three teams. The four group winners will qualify to the Nations League final championship, to be played in March 2020, which will determine the champion of the new competition. The four last-placed teams in each group will be relegated to League B for the next edition of the tournament.

League B will consist of the next 16 teams from qualifying, which finished from 7th to 22nd. The league will contain four groups of four teams. The four group winners will be promoted to League A, while the four last-placed teams in each group will be relegated to League C for the next edition.

League C will consist of the remaining 13 member associations, the teams which finished 23rd to 34th in qualifying, along with Guatemala who did not enter qualifying. The league will contain four groups, with three groups of three teams and one group of four teams. The four group winners will be promoted to League B for the next edition of the competition.

EntrantsEdit

All of CONCACAF's 41 member associations will participate in the competition.[8] The 6 teams which participated in the fifth round (hexagonal) of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification received automatic entry into League A. Of the remaining 35 teams, 34 entered into qualifying to determine which league they enter. The National Football Federation of Guatemala was suspended by FIFA in October 2016,[9] and therefore Guatemala was ineligible to enter qualifying after missing the deadline of 1 March 2018.[10] However, as the suspension was lifted by FIFA in May 2018,[11] they will automatically enter into League C of the group phase.

Key to colours
2018 WCQ Hexagonal participants automatically in League A
Remaining CONCACAF members compete in qualifying
Association suspended at deadline to enter qualifying automatically in League C
Rank Team Pts[8]
1   Mexico 2,047
2   United States 1,853
3   Costa Rica 1,845
4   Panama 1,700
5   Honduras 1,669
6   Jamaica 1,516
7   Canada 1,448
8   Guatemala[a] 1,417
9   Haiti 1,348
10   El Salvador 1,347
11   Trinidad and Tobago 1,339
12   Martinique[b] 1,271
13   Cuba 1,146
14   French Guiana[b] 1,108
15   Guadeloupe[b] 1,089
16   Nicaragua 1,032
17   Saint Kitts and Nevis 1,023
18   Curaçao 1,018
19   Suriname 991
20   Antigua and Barbuda 946
21   Dominican Republic 925
Rank Team Pts[8]
22   Bermuda 924
23   Guyana 914
24   Belize 853
25   Bonaire[b] 799
26   Grenada 795
27   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 793
28   Saint Lucia 773
29   Barbados 731
30   Puerto Rico 693
31   Bahamas 627
32   Dominica 563
33   Aruba 559
34   Cayman Islands 543
35   Turks and Caicos Islands 483
36   Montserrat 435
37   U.S. Virgin Islands 401
38   Saint Martin[b] 352
39   Sint Maarten[b] 336
40   Anguilla 261
41   British Virgin Islands 261
Notes
  1. ^ Guatemala was suspended by FIFA in October 2016, and therefore was ineligible to enter qualifying after missing the entry deadline of 1 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Full CONCACAF member, but not a FIFA member.

ScheduleEdit

Below is the schedule of the 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League.

Stage Round Dates
Qualifying Matchday 1 6–11 September 2018
Matchday 2 11–16 October 2018
Matchday 3 16–20 November 2018
Matchday 4 21–24 March 2019
Group phase Matchday 1 5–7 September 2019
Matchday 2 8–10 September 2019
Matchday 3 10–12 October 2019
Matchday 4 13–15 October 2019
Matchday 5 14–16 November 2019
Matchday 6 17–19 November 2019
Final championship Semi-finals 23–31 March 2020
Final

The fixture list for the group phase was confirmed by CONCACAF on 21 May 2019.[12][13][14]

QualifyingEdit

The draw for the qualifying fixtures was held on 7 March 2018 directly after the launch event of the CONCACAF Nations League.[3] The 34 teams were seeded into four pots based on their position in the March 2018 CONCACAF Ranking Index. A computerized pre-draw produced a "master schedule", creating 17 fixtures for each matchday. The teams in each pot were then drawn to the corresponding positions in the schedule. The computer model assured that no teams would face each other more than once, and that each team would play two home and two away matches.[15][16] Based on their results, the teams were divided into tiers for the main round of the inaugural edition of the CONCACAF Nations League. Moreover, the top ten teams qualified for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup to join the six hexagonal participants.[4]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Haiti 4 4 0 0 19 2 +17 12 Qualification to League A
and 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2   Canada 4 4 0 0 18 1 +17 12
3   Martinique 4 4 0 0 10 2 +8 12
4   Curaçao 4 3 0 1 22 2 +20 9
5   Bermuda 4 3 0 1 17 4 +13 9
6   Cuba 4 3 0 1 15 2 +13 9
7   Guyana 4 3 0 1 14 3 +11 9 Qualification to League B
and 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
8   Jamaica 4 3 0 1 12 3 +9 9
9   Nicaragua 4 3 0 1 9 2 +7 9
10   El Salvador 4 3 0 1 7 2 +5 9
11   Montserrat 4 3 0 1 6 3 +3 9 Qualification to League B
12   Suriname 4 2 1 1 8 2 +6 7
13   Saint Lucia 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 7
14   Dominica 4 2 1 1 6 5 +1 7
15   Saint Kitts and Nevis 4 2 0 2 11 3 +8 6
16   Dominican Republic 4 2 0 2 9 4 +5 6
17   Belize 4 2 0 2 6 3 +3 6
18   Antigua and Barbuda 4 2 0 2 10 8 +2 6
19   French Guiana 4 2 0 2 8 6 +2 6
20   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4 2 0 2 5 6 −1 6
21   Grenada 4 2 0 2 7 14 −7 6
22   Aruba 4 1 1 2 5 6 −1 4
23   Guadeloupe 4 1 1 2 3 7 −4 4 Qualification to League C
24   Turks and Caicos Islands 4 1 1 2 5 23 −18 4
25   Barbados 4 1 0 3 3 7 −4 3
26   Bonaire 4 1 0 3 3 14 −11 3
27   U.S. Virgin Islands 4 1 0 3 3 16 −13 3
28   Sint Maarten 4 1 0 3 4 30 −26 3
29   Cayman Islands 4 0 1 3 1 9 −8 1
30   British Virgin Islands 4 0 1 3 3 13 −10 1
31   Anguilla 4 0 1 3 1 15 −14 1[a]
32   Bahamas 4 0 1 3 1 15 −14 1[a]
33   Puerto Rico 4 0 0 4 0 5 −5 0
34   Saint Martin 4 0 0 4 5 22 −17 0
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Away goals: Anguilla 1, Bahamas 0.

SeedingEdit

The 41 CONCACAF members were allocated into pots of the league for which they qualified. Teams were seeded into pots based on their position in the November 2018 CONCACAF Ranking Index.[17] League A had three pots of four teams, while League B had four pots of four teams. League C had three pots, with pots 1 and 2 featuring four teams each, and pot 3 featuring five teams.[18][19]

League A
Pot Team Pts Rank
1   Mexico 1,998 1
  United States 1,863 2
  Costa Rica 1,752 3
  Honduras 1,630 4
2   Panama 1,579 5
  Canada 1,471 7
  Haiti 1,359 10
  Trinidad and Tobago 1,342 11
3   Martinique 1,286 12
  Cuba 1,152 13
  Curaçao 1,079 15
  Bermuda 865 23
League B
Pot Team Pts Rank
1   Jamaica 1,507 6
  El Salvador 1,380 9
  Nicaragua 1,083 14
  French Guiana 1,057 16
2   Saint Kitts and Nevis 1,018 18
  Dominican Republic 983 19
  Suriname 975 20
  Guyana 953 21
3   Antigua and Barbuda 930 22
  Belize 831 24
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 821 25
  Saint Lucia 813 26
4   Grenada 749 28
  Aruba 638 31
  Dominica 593 32
  Montserrat 478 35
League C
Pot Team Pts Rank
1   Guatemala 1,419 8
  Guadeloupe 1,054 17
  Bonaire 766 27
  Barbados 707 29
2   Puerto Rico 665 30
  Bahamas 582 33
  Cayman Islands 532 34
  Turks and Caicos Islands 453 36
3   U.S. Virgin Islands 392 37
  Saint Martin 338 38
  Sint Maarten 328 39
  British Virgin Islands 257 40
  Anguilla 250 41

The draw for the group phase took place at the The Chelsea in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on 27 March 2019, 22:00 EDT (19:00 local time, PDT).[20][21]

League AEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation      
1   United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to final championship 15 Nov 11 Oct
2   Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Oct 7 Sep
3   Cuba 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B 19 Nov 10 Sep
First match(es) will be played on 7 September 2019. Source: CONCACAF

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation      
1   Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to final championship 15 Oct 19 Nov
2   Panama 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Nov 8 Sep
3   Bermuda 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B 11 Oct 5 Sep
First match(es) will be played on 5 September 2019. Source: CONCACAF

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation      
1   Honduras 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to final championship 17 Nov 13 Oct
2   Trinidad and Tobago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 Oct 9 Sep
3   Martinique 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B 14 Nov 6 Sep
First match(es) will be played on 6 September 2019. Source: CONCACAF

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation      
1   Costa Rica 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to final championship 17 Nov 13 Oct
2   Haiti 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 Oct 10 Sep
3   Curaçao 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B 14 Nov 7 Sep
First match(es) will be played on 7 September 2019. Source: CONCACAF

Final championshipEdit

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
March 2020 – TBD
 
 
Group Winner
 
March 2020 – TBD
 
Group Winner
 
Semi-final Winner
 
March 2020 – TBD
 
Semi-final Winner
 
Group Winner
 
 
Group Winner
 

Semi-finalsEdit

Group WinnervGroup Winner

Group WinnervGroup Winner

FinalEdit

Semi-final 1 WinnervSemi-final 2 Winner

League BEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation        
1   French Guiana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A 17 Nov 5 Sep 10 Oct
2   Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 Sep 13 Oct 14 Nov
3   Belize 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 Nov 10 Oct 8 Sep
4   Grenada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League C 13 Oct 5 Sep 17 Nov
First match(es) will be played on 5 September 2019. Source: CONCACAF

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation        
1   El Salvador 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A 19 Nov 7 Sep 16 Nov
2   Dominican Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 Sep 12 Oct 15 Oct
3   Saint Lucia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Oct 16 Nov 10 Sep
4   Montserrat 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League C 12 Oct 7 Sep 19 Nov
First match(es) will be played on 7 September 2019. Source: CONCACAF

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation        
1   Jamaica 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A 18 Nov 6 Sep 12 Oct
2   Guyana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 Sep 14 Oct 15 Nov
3   Antigua and Barbuda 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Nov 11 Oct 9 Sep
4   Aruba 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League C 15 Oct 6 Sep 18 Nov
First match(es) will be played on 6 September 2019. Source: CONCACAF

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation        
1   Nicaragua 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A 18 Nov 5 Sep 11 Oct
2   Suriname 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 Sep 14 Oct 15 Nov
3   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Nov 11 Oct 8 Sep
4   Dominica 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League C 14 Oct 5 Sep 18 Nov
First match(es) will be played on 5 September 2019. Source: CONCACAF

League CEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion        
1   Barbados 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B 19 Nov 5 Sep 12 Oct
2   Cayman Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 Sep 15 Oct 16 Nov
3   Saint Martin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 Nov 12 Oct 8 Sep
4   U.S. Virgin Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 Oct 5 Sep 19 Nov
First match(es) will be played on 5 September 2019. Source: CONCACAF

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion      
1   Bonaire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B 17 Nov 6 Sep
2   Bahamas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 Sep 14 Nov
3   British Virgin Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 Oct 10 Oct
First match(es) will be played on 6 September 2019. Source: CONCACAF

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion      
1   Guatemala 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B 16 Nov 5 Sep
2   Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 Sep 19 Nov
3   Anguilla 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 Oct 15 Oct
First match(es) will be played on 5 September 2019. Source: CONCACAF

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion      
1   Guadeloupe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B 17 Nov 7 Sep
2   Turks and Caicos Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 Sep 14 Nov
3   Sint Maarten 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 Oct 10 Oct
First match(es) will be played on 7 September 2019. Source: CONCACAF

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