2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League

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2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League
Tournament details
Dates Qualifying:
6 September 2018 – 26 March 2019
Group phase:
September – November 2019
Final championship:
March 2020
Teams 40

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 competition, which will be held from September 2018, will also serve 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 member associations, the teams which finished 23rd to 34th in qualifying. The league normally consists of 13 teams divided into four groups, with three groups of three teams and one group of four teams. However, due to the suspension of Guatemala, there are currently only 12 teams eligible, which would result in the league being divided into four groups of three teams. If the suspension is lifted prior to the group phase, Guatemala possibly could be admitted into League C. The four group winners will be promoted to League B for the next edition of the competition.

Entrants[edit]

Of CONCACAF's 41 member associations, 40 entered into the competition.[8] 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] Guatemala could possibly enter into the group phase.

The 6 teams which participated in the fifth round (hexagonal) of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification received automatic entry into League A. The remaining 34 teams entered into qualifying to determine which league they enter.

Key to colours
2018 WCQ Hexagonal participants automatically in League A
Remaining CONCACAF members compete in qualifying
Association suspended and ineligible to enter qualifying
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 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 21–26 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 will be divided into tiers for the main round of the inaugural edition of the CONCACAF Nations League. Moreover, the top ten teams will qualify 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 1 1 0 0 13 0 +13 3 Qualification to League A
and 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2  Cuba 1 1 0 0 11 0 +11 3
3  Curaçao 1 1 0 0 10 0 +10 3
4  Canada 1 1 0 0 8 0 +8 3
5  Dominican Republic 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 3
5  French Guiana 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 3
7  Belize 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 3[a] Qualification to League B
and 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
8  Jamaica 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 3[a]
9  Guadeloupe 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3[b]
10  Saint Lucia 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3[b]
11  Aruba 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3 Qualification to League B
12  Nicaragua 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
13  El Salvador 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
14  Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
15  Barbados 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1[c]
16  Guyana 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1[c]
17  Suriname 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[d]
18  Dominica 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1[d]
19  Martinique 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20  British Virgin Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21  Montserrat 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0
22  Puerto Rico 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0
23  Bermuda 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0 Qualification to League C
24  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0
25  Antigua and Barbuda 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0[e]
26  Saint Martin 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0[e]
27  Bahamas 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0[f]
28  Cayman Islands 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0[f]
29  Anguilla 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 0[g]
30  Bonaire 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 0[g]
31  U.S. Virgin Islands 1 0 0 1 0 8 −8 0
32  Grenada 1 0 0 1 0 10 −10 0
33  Turks and Caicos Islands 1 0 0 1 0 11 −11 0
34  Sint Maarten 1 0 0 1 0 13 −13 0
Updated to match(es) played on 11 September 2018. Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Fair play points: Belize 0, Jamaica −1.
  2. ^ a b Fair play points: Guadeloupe 0, Saint Lucia −2.
  3. ^ a b Away goals: Barbados 2, Guyana 0.
  4. ^ a b Fair play points: Suriname 0, Dominica −5.
  5. ^ a b Fair play points: Antigua and Barbuda 0, Saint Martin −2.
  6. ^ a b Fair play points: Bahamas −1, Cayman Islands −2.
  7. ^ a b Fair play points: Anguilla 0, Bonaire −1.

League A[edit]

Teams qualified for League A

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to final championship TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
3 TBD 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 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to final championship TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
3 TBD 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 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to final championship TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
3 TBD 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 4[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to final championship TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
3 TBD 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 Winner v Group Winner

Group Winner v Group Winner

Final[edit]

Semi-final 1 Winner v Semi-final 2 Winner

League B[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation TBD TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A TBD TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 TBD 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 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation TBD TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A TBD TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 TBD 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 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation TBD TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A TBD TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 TBD 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 4[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation TBD TBD TBD TBD
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A TBD TBD TBD
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 TBD 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 1[edit]

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

Group 2[edit]

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

Group 3[edit]

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

Group 4[edit]

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

References[edit]

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