2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A

The 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A was the top division of the 2019–20 edition of the CONCACAF Nations League, the inaugural season of the international football competition involving the men's national teams of the 41 member associations of CONCACAF. League A culminated with the final championship in June 2021 to crown the inaugural champions of the CONCACAF Nations League.[1]

2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A
Tournament details
DatesGroup phase:
5 September – 19 November 2019
Nations League Finals:
3–6 June 2021
Teams12
Final positions
Champions United States (1st title)
Runners-up Mexico
Third place Honduras
Fourth place Costa Rica
Relegated Bermuda
 Cuba
 Haiti
 Trinidad and Tobago
Tournament statistics
Matches played28
Goals scored83 (2.96 per match)
Top scorer(s)United States Weston McKennie
United States Jordan Morris
(4 goals each)
2022–23

FormatEdit

League A consisted of twelve teams, with the six participants of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying hexagonal joined by the top six teams from qualifying. The league was split into four groups of three teams. The teams competed in a home-and-away, round-robin format over the course of the group phase, with matches played in the official FIFA match windows in September, October and November 2019. The four group winners qualified to the Nations League final championship, while the four last-placed teams in each group were relegated to League B for the next edition of the tournament.[2][3][4]

The Nations League Finals took place in June 2021, and was played in a knockout format in the United States, the centralized location selected by CONCACAF. The four teams played the semi-finals, with the matchups determined by the group stage rankings (1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3), followed by the third place match and the final (Regulations Articles 12.8 and 12.10).[4]

In September 2019, it was announced that the Nations League would also provide qualification for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[5] The top two teams from each of the four League A groups qualified for the Gold Cup, while the third-placed teams entered the first round of Gold Cup qualification.

SeedingEdit

Teams were seeded into the pots of League A according to their position in the November 2018 CONCACAF Ranking Index.[6][7]

Pot 1
Team Pts Rank
  Mexico 1,998 1
  United States 1,863 2
  Costa Rica 1,752 3
  Honduras 1,630 4
Pot 2
Team Pts Rank
  Panama 1,579 5
  Canada 1,471 7
  Haiti 1,359 10
  Trinidad and Tobago 1,342 11
Pot 3
Team Pts Rank
  Martinique 1,286 12
  Cuba 1,152 13
  Curaçao 1,079 15
  Bermuda 865 23

The draw for the group phase took place at The Chelsea in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on 27 March 2019, 22:00 EDT (19:00 local time, PDT).[8][9]

GroupsEdit

The fixture list was confirmed by CONCACAF on 21 May 2019.[10][11][12]

Times are EDT/EST,[note 1] as listed by CONCACAF (local times, if different, are in parentheses).[13][14][15]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation      
1   United States 4 3 0 1 15 3 +12 9
Qualification to Nations League Finals
Qualification to 2021 Gold Cup
4–1 7–0
2   Canada 4 3 0 1 10 4 +6 9 Qualification to 2021 Gold Cup 2–0 6–0
3   Cuba 4 0 0 4 0 18 −18 0
Relegation to League B
Advance to Gold Cup qualification
0–4 0–1
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Canada  6–0  Cuba
Report
Attendance: 10,224[16]
Referee: Fernando Hernández (Mexico)

Cuba  0–1  Canada
Report
Attendance: 420

United States  7–0  Cuba
Report
Attendance: 13,784
Referee: José Torres (Puerto Rico)

Canada  2–0  United States
Report
Attendance: 17,126[17]
Referee: Daneon Parchment (Jamaica)

United States  4–1  Canada
Report
Attendance: 13,103
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)

Cuba  0–4  United States
Report
Attendance: 1,966
Referee: John Pitti (Panama)

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation      
1   Mexico 4 4 0 0 13 3 +10 12
Qualification to Nations League Finals
Qualification to 2021 Gold Cup
3–1 2–1
2   Panama 4 1 0 3 5 9 −4 3 Qualification to 2021 Gold Cup 0–3 0–2
3   Bermuda 4 1 0 3 5 11 −6 3
Relegation to League B
Advance to Gold Cup qualification
1–5 1–4
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Bermuda  1–4  Panama
Report
Attendance: 189
Referee: Raúl Castro (Honduras)

Panama  0–2  Bermuda
Report
Attendance: 12,053
Referee: Nitzar Sandoval (Nicaragua)

Bermuda  1–5  Mexico
Report

Mexico  3–1  Panama
Report
Attendance: 41,075
Referee: Iván Barton (El Salvador)

Panama  0–3  Mexico
Report

Mexico  2–1  Bermuda
Report
Referee: Ismael Cornejo (El Salvador)

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation      
1   Honduras 4 3 1 0 8 1 +7 10
Qualification to Nations League Finals
Qualification to 2021 Gold Cup
1–0 4–0
2   Martinique 4 0 3 1 4 5 −1 3 Qualification to 2021 Gold Cup 1–1 1–1
3   Trinidad and Tobago 4 0 2 2 3 9 −6 2
Relegation to League B
Advance to Gold Cup qualification
0–2 2–2
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Martinique  1–1  Trinidad and Tobago
Report
Attendance: 4,678
Referee: José Kellys (Panama)

Trinidad and Tobago  2–2  Martinique
Report
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Diego Montaño (Mexico)

Trinidad and Tobago  0–2  Honduras
Report

Honduras  1–0  Martinique
Report
Attendance: 34,265
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (Mexico)

Martinique  1–1  Honduras
Report
Attendance: 1,453
Referee: Ted Unkel (United States)

Honduras  4–0  Trinidad and Tobago
Report

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation      
1   Costa Rica 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1 6
Qualification to Nations League Finals
Qualification to 2021 Gold Cup
0–0 1–1
2   Curaçao[a] 4 1 2 1 3 3 0 5 1–2 1–0
3   Haiti 4 0 3 1 3 4 −1 3
Relegation to League B
Advance to Gold Cup qualification
1–1 1–1
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Curaçao, who had originally qualified for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup through the Nations League, eventually had to withdraw just before the start of the tournament due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the team.
Curaçao  1–0  Haiti
Report
Attendance: 8,346
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)

Haiti  1–1  Curaçao
Report

Haiti  1–1  Costa Rica
Report

Costa Rica  0–0  Curaçao
Report
Attendance: 7,256
Referee: Armando Villarreal (United States)

Curaçao  1–2  Costa Rica
Report
Attendance: 11,387
Referee: Marco Ortiz (Mexico)

Costa Rica  1–1  Haiti
Report

Nations League FinalsEdit

SeedingEdit

The four teams were ranked based on their results in the group stage to determine the semi-final matchups.

Seed Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 B   Mexico 4 4 0 0 13 3 +10 12
2 C   Honduras 4 3 1 0 8 1 +7 10
3 A   United States 4 3 0 1 15 3 +12 9
4 D   Costa Rica 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1 6
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) away goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) drawing of lots (Regulations Article 12.9).[4]

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
3 June 2021 – Denver
 
 
  Honduras0
 
6 June 2021 – Denver
 
  United States1
 
  United States (a.e.t.)3
 
3 June 2021 – Denver
 
  Mexico2
 
  Mexico (p)0 (5)
 
 
  Costa Rica0 (4)
 
Third place play-off
 
 
6 June 2021 – Denver
 
 
  Honduras (p)2 (5)
 
 
  Costa Rica2 (4)

Semi-finalsEdit

Honduras  0–1  United States
Report
Attendance: 34,451[21]
Referee: Oshane Nation (Jamaica)

Mexico  0–0  Costa Rica
Report
Penalties
5–4
Attendance: 34,451[21]
Referee: Bryan López (Guatemala)

Third place play-offEdit

Honduras  2–2  Costa Rica
Report
Penalties
5–4
Attendance: 37,648[25]
Referee: Reon Radix (Grenada)

FinalEdit

United States  3–2 (a.e.t.)  Mexico
Report

GoalscorersEdit

There were 83 goals scored in 28 matches, for an average of 2.96 goals per match.

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

NotesEdit

  1. ^ EDT (UTC−4) for matches in September and October 2019, and EST (UTC−5) for matches in November 2019.
  2. ^ a b Cuba played their home matches in Cayman Islands.
  3. ^ Haiti played their home match against Costa Rica at Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau in Bahamas, instead of Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince, due to the political and social situation in Haiti.[18]
  4. ^ Though listed with a 17:30 kick-off time,[19] the match actually began at 17:36.[20]
  5. ^ Though listed with a 20:00 kick-off time,[22] the match actually began at 20:36.[20]
  6. ^ Though listed with a 16:30 kick-off time,[23] the match actually began at 16:36.[24]
  7. ^ Though listed with a 19:00 kick-off time,[26] the match actually began at 19:36.[24]

ReferencesEdit

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