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

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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 currently underway, with the group stage of the competition set to begin next year.

A total of 41 teams will participate in the brand new venture and the make-up of the first edition is known, though final fixtures are still yet to be confirmed.

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.

Goal 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 games 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 finally the finals to be played in March of 2020.

Round Date
Qualifying phase September 6-11 2018, October 11-16 2018, November 16-20 2018, March 21-26 2019
Group phase September 2-10 2019, October 7-15 2019, November 11-19 2019
Finals March 23-31 2020

How does the CONCACAF Nations League work?


Keyner Brown Costa Rica 2018

In similar fashion to the UEFA Nations League, the CONCACAF Nations League format is a bit odd.

The CONCACAF Nations League will start with a one-off qualifying phase that will be 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 qualification stages for 2018 World Cup have qualified automatically (Mexico, United States, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago) and the remaining 34 teams have entered the qualifying phase.

Each side will play four matches, two home and two away, with the results added to an aggregate league table. The teams will 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 will contain 12 teams, with the six hexagonal participants joined by the top six teams from the qualification phase. The league will then be 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.

Teams qualified for League A:

Mexico, United States, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago.

Group 1

Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts  Qualification  or relegation 
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to final championship
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B

Group 2

Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts Qualification  or relegation
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to final championship
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B

Group 3

Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts Qualification  or relegation
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to final championship
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B

Group 4

Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts Qualification  or relegation
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to final championship
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 9 Relegation to League B

CONCACAF Nations League B tables, fixtures & results


League B will contain of the next 16 teams from the qualifying phase who finished in 7th 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 1

Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts Qualification  or relegation
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League C

Group 2

Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League C

Group 3

Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League C

Group 4

Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League C

CONCACAF Nations League C tables, fixtures & results


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

The league usually consists of 13 teams which are then divided into four groups, with three groups of three teams and one group of four teams. However, due to the situation of Guatemala – who were briefly suspended from football – there are currently only 12 teams eligible, resulting in the league to be divided into four groups of three teams.

Guatemala's suspension was lifted in May 2018, however, and so the side could still be involved in the group phase. The four group winners of League C will then be promoted to League B for the next edition of the tournament.

Group 1

Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts Qualification  or relegation
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  

Group 2

Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  

Group 3

Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  

Group 4

Pos Team GP W D L GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0  

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 semifinals.

This section of the tournament will be held in a single country, but the host nation has not yet been chosen.

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Semi-finals

Date Match Venue
March 2020 Group 1/2/3/4 winners vs Group 1/2/3/4 winners TBC
March 2020 Group 1/2/3/4 winners vs Group 1/2/3/4 winners TBC

Third-place play-off

Date Match Venue
March 2020 Semifinal 1 losers vs Semifinal 2 losers TBC

Final

Date Match Venue
March 2020 Semifinal 1 winners vs Semifinal 2 winners TBC

USMNT & Mexico qualifying


Diego Lainez Mexico USMNT 2018

The United States national team and Mexico have already qualified for the CONCACAF Nations League after having already earned automatic qualification 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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