2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League

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

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.

Format[edit]

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.

Entrants[edit]

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.

Schedule[edit]

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 2–10 September 2019
Matchday 2
Matchday 3 7–15 October 2019
Matchday 4
Matchday 5 11–19 November 2019
Matchday 6
Final championship Semi-finals 23–31 March 2020
Final

Qualifying[edit]

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.[12][13] 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.

Seeding[edit]

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.[14] 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.[15][16]

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).[17][18]

League A[edit]

Group A[edit]

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

Group B[edit]

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

Group C[edit]

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

Group D[edit]

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

Final championship[edit]

Bracket[edit]

 
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-finals[edit]

Group WinnervGroup Winner

Group WinnervGroup Winner

Final[edit]

Semi-final 1 WinnervSemi-final 2 Winner

League B[edit]

Group A[edit]

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

Group B[edit]

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

Group C[edit]

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

Group D[edit]

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

League C[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion Barbados Cayman Islands Collectivity of Saint Martin United States Virgin Islands
1  Barbados 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B TBD TBD TBD
2  Cayman Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3  Saint Martin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4  U.S. Virgin Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2019. Source: CONCACAF

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion Bonaire The Bahamas British Virgin Islands
1  Bonaire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B TBD TBD
2  Bahamas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
3  British Virgin Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2019. Source: CONCACAF

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion Guatemala Puerto Rico Anguilla
1  Guatemala 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B TBD TBD
2  Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
3  Anguilla 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2019. Source: CONCACAF

Group D[edit]

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

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