Thursday, 28 March 2019

Concacaf Nations League: Fixtures, tables, draw, USMNT and Mexico qualification

A new competition involving Concacaf sides has been introduced following in the footsteps of their European counterpart
The qualification process for the inaugural Concacaf Nations League is finished, with the group stage of the competition set to begin later this year.
A total of 41 teams will participate in the brand new venture and the make-up of the first edition is now known, with the final fixtures drawn on Wednesday.

Following in the footsteps of the introduction of their European counterpart in the UEFA Nations League, the Concacaf Nations League is a similar tournament – though still something that fans will want to understand clearly before the tournament proper kicks off.
We takes a look the Concacaf Nations League, how it works and brings you all the fixtures and results.
What is the Concacaf Nations League?
Much like the European counterpart, the Concacaf Nations League was introduced to bring organisation for international fixtures for North and Central America's national teams.
Concacaf President Victor Montagliani revealed that the purpose of the competition was to provide a regular schedule for the national teams, what with some teams having to play less than 10 games in a four-year period and thus needing more competitive matches to help further their development.
The Concacaf Nations League has just begun the qualification process which is to end in March 2019, with the group phase to be held later that year from September to November and the finals to be played in March of 2020.
RoundDate
Qualifying phaseSeptember 6-11 2018, October 11-16 2018, November 16-20 2018, March 21-26 2019
Group phaseSeptember 2-10 2019, October 7-15 2019, November 11-19 2019
FinalsMarch 23-31 2020

How does the Concacaf Nations League work?

In similar fashion to the UEFA Nations League, the Concacaf Nations League format is a bit odd.
The Concacaf Nations League started with a one-off qualifying phase that was played across four matchdays starting from September 2018 to March 2019 to determine the allocation of teams for the group phase of the tournament.
The six Concacaf nations that participated in the final qualification stage for the 2018 World Cup have qualified automatically (Mexico, United States, Costa RicaPanama, Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago) and the remaining 34 teams have entered the qualifying phase.
The teams were then be sorted into different tiers for the group stage of the Nations League, with the top 10 teams in the qualifying phase receiving automatic qualification to the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.
The Concacaf Nations League group phase (consisting of three-tiered leagues) will be played in FIFA international fixture windows throughout September, October and November 2019. Teams will be sorted by form into Leagues A, B and C.
Each league will be separated into four groups where promotion and relegation will be observed, and the teams will compete in a home-and-away, round-robin format over the group phase
Concacaf Nations League A tables, fixtures & results
League A contains 12 teams, with the six hexagonal participants joined by the top six teams from the qualification phase. The league is split into four groups of three teams and the four group winners will qualify for the Nations League final championship that will be played in March 2020 to determine the champion of the new competition.
The four teams to have placed last in each group will be relegated to League B for the next edition of the tournament.
The first group stage matches will be played in September 2019.

Group A

PosTeamGPWDLGDPts Qualification  or relegation 
1USA000000Qualification to final championship
2Canada000000 
3Cuba000000Relegation to League B

Group B

PosTeamGPWDLGDPtsQualification  or relegation
1Mexico000000Qualification to final championship
2Panama000000 
3Bermuda000000Relegation to League B

Group C

PosTeamGPWDLGDPtsQualification  or relegation
1Honduras000000Qualification to final championship
2Trinidad & Tobago000000 
3Martinique000000Relegation to League B

Group D

PosTeamGPWDLGDPtsQualification  or relegation
1Costa Rica000000Qualification to final championship
2Haiti000000 
3Curacao000009Relegation to League B

Concacaf Nations League B tables, fixtures & results
League B contains the next 16 teams from the qualifying phase who finished in seventh to 22nd place. The league will consist of four groups of four teams, and the four group winners will be promoted to League A, while the four last-placed teams will be demoted to League C for the next edition.

Group A

PosTeamGPWDLGDPtsQualification  or relegation
1French Guiana000000Promotion to League A
2Saint Kitts and Nevis000000 
3Belize000000 
4Grenada000000Relegation to League C

Group B

PosTeamGPWDLGDPtsQualification or relegation
1El Salvador000000Promotion to League A
2Dominican Republic000000 
3Saint Lucia000000 
4Montserrat000000Relegation to League C

Group C

PosTeamGPWDLGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Jamaica000000Promotion to League A
2Guyana000000 
3Antigua and Barbuda000000 
4Aruba000000Relegation to League C

Group D

PosTeamGPWDLGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Nicaragua000000Promotion to League A
2Suriname000000 
3Saint Vincent and the Grenadines000000 
4Dominica000000Relegation to League C

Concacaf Nations League C tables, fixtures & results

League C contains the remaining member associations, with the teams who finished 23rd to 34th in qualifying.

Group A

PosTeamGPWDLGDPtsQualification  or relegation
1Barbados000000Promotion to League B
2Cayman Islands000000 
3Saint Martin000000 
4U.S. Virgin Islands000000 

Group B

PosTeamGPWDLGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Bonaire000000Promotion to League B
2Bahamas000000 
3British Virgin Islands000000 

Group C

PosTeamGPWDLGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Guatemala000000Promotion to League B
2Puerto Rico000000 
3Anguilla000000 

Group D

PosTeamGPWDLGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Guadeloupe000000Promotion to League B
2Turks and Caicos Islands000000 
3Sint Maarten000000 


Concacaf Nations League finals

As mentioned, when matchday six has concluded, the Nations League then moves into the finals stage, which takes place in March of 2020.
Four teams - the winners of Groups 1-4 in League A - compete in two semi-finals.
This section of the tournament will be held in a single country, but the host nation has not yet been chosen.

Semi-finals

DateMatchVenue
March 2020Group 1/2/3/4 winners vs Group 1/2/3/4 winnersTBC
March 2020Group 1/2/3/4 winners vs Group 1/2/3/4 winnersTBC

Third-place play-off

DateMatchVenue
March 2020Semi-final 1 losers vs Semi-final 2 losersTBC

Final

DateMatchVenue
March 2020Semi-final 1 winners vs Semi-final 2 winnersTBC

USMNT & Mexico qualifying


The United States national team and Mexico have already qualified automatically for the Concacaf Nations League due to their participation in the World Cup qualification stages.
The USMNT didn't actually end up qualifying for the 2018 World Cup – neither did Trinidad & Tobago – but their failure to do so does not impact the automatic qualification.

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