2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A

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2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A
Tournament details
DatesGroup phase:
5 September – 19 November 2019
Final championship:
June 2020
Teams12
Tournament statistics
Matches played14
Goals scored41 (2.93 per match)
Top scorer(s)Bermuda Nahki Wells
Canada Junior Hoilett
United States Weston McKennie
(3 goals each)
2021–22
All statistics correct as of 13 October 2019.

The 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A is 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 will culminate with the final championship in June 2020 to crown the inaugural champions of the CONCACAF Nations League.[1]

Format[edit]

League A consists of 12 teams, with the 6 participants of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying hexagonal joined by the top 6 teams from qualifying. The league will be split into four groups of three teams. The teams will compete 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 will qualify to the Nations League final championship, while the four last-placed teams in each group will be relegated to League B for the next edition of the tournament.[2][3][4]

The Nations League Finals will take place in June 2020 (originally scheduled for March 2020), and be played in a knockout format at a centralized location selected by CONCACAF. The four teams play 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 all 16 teams participating in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup (no teams would qualify automatically).[5] The top two teams from each of the four League A groups will qualify for the Gold Cup, while the third-placed teams will enter the second round of the Gold Cup Qualifiers.

Seeding[edit]

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 The Chelsea in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on 27 March 2019, 22:00 EDT (19:00 local time, PDT).[8][9]

Groups[edit]

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]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation Canada United States Cuba
1  Canada (X) 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7 6 Qualification to semi-finals and 2021 Gold Cup 15 Oct 6–0
2  United States 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 3 Qualification to 2021 Gold Cup 15 Nov 7–0
3  Cuba (Y) 3 0 0 3 0 14 −14 0 Relegation to League B; enter 2021 Gold Cup qualifying second round 0–1 19 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 11 October 2019. Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(X) Qualified for Gold Cup; (Y) Cannot qualify for semi-finals, may still qualify for Gold Cup.
Canada 6–0 Cuba
Report
Attendance: 10,224[15]

Cuba 0–1 Canada
Report
Attendance: 420

United States 7–0 Cuba
Report

Canada v United States
Report

United States v Canada
Report

Cuba v United States
Report

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation Mexico Panama Bermuda
1  Mexico 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 3 Qualification to semi-finals and 2021 Gold Cup 15 Oct 19 Nov
2  Panama 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 3 Qualification to 2021 Gold Cup 15 Nov 0–2
3  Bermuda 3 1 0 2 4 9 −5 3 Relegation to League B; enter 2021 Gold Cup qualifying second round 1–5 1–4
Updated to match(es) played on 11 October 2019. Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Bermuda 1–4 Panama
Report

Panama 0–2 Bermuda
Report

Bermuda 1–5 Mexico
Report

Mexico v Panama
Report

Panama v Mexico
Report

Mexico v Bermuda
Report

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation Honduras Martinique Trinidad and Tobago
1  Honduras (Q) 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 6 Qualification to semi-finals and 2021 Gold Cup 1–0 17 Nov
2  Martinique (Y) 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2 Qualification to 2021 Gold Cup 14 Nov 1–1
3  Trinidad and Tobago (Y) 3 0 2 1 3 5 −2 2 Relegation to League B; enter 2021 Gold Cup qualifying second round 0–2 2–2
Updated to match(es) played on 13 October 2019. Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (Y) Cannot qualify for semi-finals, may still qualify for Gold Cup.
Martinique 1–1 Trinidad and Tobago
Mandouki Goal 41' Report J. Jones Goal 65' (pen.)

Trinidad and Tobago 2–2 Martinique
Report

Trinidad and Tobago 0–2 Honduras
Report

Honduras 1–0 Martinique
Report

Martinique v Honduras
Report

Honduras v Trinidad and Tobago
Report

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation Curaçao Costa Rica Haiti
1  Curaçao 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5 Qualification to semi-finals and 2021 Gold Cup 14 Nov 1–0
2  Costa Rica 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 Qualification to 2021 Gold Cup 0–0 17 Nov
3  Haiti 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2 Relegation to League B; enter 2021 Gold Cup qualifying second round 1–1 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 13 October 2019. Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Curaçao 1–0 Haiti
Hooi Goal 70' Report

Haiti 1–1 Curaçao
Report

Haiti 1–1 Costa Rica
Report

Costa Rica 0–0 Curaçao
Report

Curaçao v Costa Rica
Report

Costa Rica v Haiti
Report

Final championship[edit]

Seeding[edit]

The four teams are 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 C  Honduras 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 6
2 A Group A Winner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 B Group B Winner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D Group D Winner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Updated to match(es) played on 13 October 2019. 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]

Bracket[edit]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
June 2020 – TBD
 
 
1st Ranked Group Winner
 
June 2020 – TBD
 
4th Ranked Group Winner
 
Semi-final 1 Winner
 
June 2020 – TBD
 
Semi-final 2 Winner
 
2nd Ranked Group Winner
 
 
3rd Ranked Group Winner
 
Third place match
 
 
June 2020 – TBD
 
 
Semi-final 1 Loser
 
 
Semi-final 2 Loser

Semi-finals[edit]

1st Ranked Group Winnerv4th Ranked Group Winner
Report

2nd Ranked Group Winnerv3rd Ranked Group Winner
Report

Third place match[edit]

Semi-final 1 LoservSemi-final 2 Loser
Report

Final[edit]

Semi-final 1 WinnervSemi-final 2 Winner
Report

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 41 goals scored in 14 matches, for an average of 2.93 goals per match.

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ EDT (UTC−4) for matches in September and October 2019, and EST (UTC−5) for matches in November 2019.
  2. ^ a b Cuba will play 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.[16]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ "Schedule confirmed for the inaugural edition of the CONCACAF Nations League". CONCACAFNationsLeague.com. Miami: CONCACAF. 21 May 2019. Archived from the original on 21 May 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
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  12. ^ "CONCACAF Nations League: Official schedule 2019" (PDF). CONCACAF. 21 May 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 May 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  13. ^ "2019-2020 Concacaf Nations League September Group Stage Schedule". CONCACAF.
  14. ^ "2019-2020 Concacaf Nations League October Group Stage Schedule" (PDF). CONCACAF.
  15. ^ Davidson, Neil. "Announced attendance of 10,224 for Canada-Cuba match". Twitter. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Alternate Venue Announced for the Concacaf Nations League Match Between Haiti and Costa Rica". concacafnationsleague.com. CONCACAF. 2 October 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.

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