Gold Cup 2019: Teams, fixtures, dates & everything you need to know

With the Concacaf showpiece taking place this summer, Goal rounds up all the details that you need to know ahead of the tournament

The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup will be the 15th edition of the tournament, the biennial international men's football championship of the North, Central American, and Caribbean region overseen by Concacaf.

This summer's edition will be held in the United States, with Costa Rica and a to-be-confirmed Caribbean country also hosting two games in the first round of matches in Groups B and C.

The winner of the Concacaf Gold Cup will play against the United States, who are defending champions of the 2017 edition, in the 2019 Concacaf Cup – a one-match play-off fixture to decide the qualifying country to participate in the 2021 Confederations Cup. In the event that the USMNT win the 2019 Gold Cup, they will automatically qualify for the Confederations Cup as 2017 and 2019 champions.

With the qualification stages set to conclude in March, here is everything you need to know ahead of this summer's tournament.

When will the Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 take place?

Group A , which features Mexico, Canada, Martinique and Cuba will open play on June 15 at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles. The group's second matchday will come on June 19 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, with the final round of matches played June 23 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. 

Group B , featuring Costa Rica, Haiti, Nicaragua​ and Bermuda​, will play its opening matches on June 16 at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose, with the second round of matches to be played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on June 20 . The final round of matches will take place at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey on June 24

Group C matches will begin on June 17 , with Honduras, Jamaica, El Salvador and Curacao all taking the field in Kingston, Jamaica at Independence Park. The group will move to BBVA Compass Stadium Houston for the second round of matches on June 24 while Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles will host the third round of matches on June 25

The U.S. national team headlines Group D , which will be the last group to start play June 18 at Allianz Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The USA will be joined by Panama, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana with the group moving to FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland for their second round of matches on June 22 . Group play will then close with Group D's final matchday at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City on June 26

The knockout rounds will begin on June 29 at Houston's NRG stadium with two quarterfinal matches, while the other two quarterfinals will be played June 30 in Philadelphia. 

The semifinals are set to be held July 2 in Glendale, Arizona and July 3 in Nashville, with the final set to take place July 7 in Chicago. 

Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 qualified teams

Among the 16 participating teams, six qualify directly after participating in the 2018 World Cup qualifying Hexagonal, while the remaining 10 teams qualify through the 2019–20 Concacaf Nations League qualifying (which is to conclude in March 2019).

Team Gold Cup appearances Last appearance Best finish
Mexico 15th 2017 Champions (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015)
Costa Rica (H) 14th 2017 Runners-up (2002)
Panama 9th 2017 Runners-up (2005, 2013)
Honduras 14th 2017 Runners-up (1991)
United States (H) 15th 2017 Champions (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017)
Trinidad and Tobago 10th 2015 Third place (2000)
Haiti 7th 2015 Quarter-finals (2002, 2009)
Canada 14th 2017 Champions (2000)
Curacao 2nd 2017 Group stage (2017)
Martinique 6th 2017 Quarter-finals (2002)
Bermuda 1st None Debut
Cuba 9th 2015 Quarter-finals (2003, 2013, 2015)
Guyana 1st None Debut
Jamaica 11th 2017 Runners-up (2015, 2017)
Nicaragua 3rd 2017 Group stage (2009, 2017)
El Salvador 11th 2017 Quarter-finals (2002, 2003, 2011, 2013,2017)

Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 host cities

In 2019, the Concacaf Gold Cup will be held in 15 different venues across 12 different cities in the United States and Costa Rica, and it will be the first time that the Gold Cup will be held in Central America – with all previous matches having taken place in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Of the 15 venues, 11 will stage at least two group stage games. The breakdown of venues and games can be seen in the table below.

Round Stadium City
Group stage Rose Bowl Los Angeles, California
Group stage Broncos Stadium at Mile High Denver, Colorado
Group stage Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, North Carolina
Group stage Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Group stage Independence Park Kingston, Jamaica
Group stage Toyota Stadium Frisco, Texas
Group stage Red Bull Arena Harrison, New Jersey
Group stage BBVA Compass Stadium Houston, Texas
Group stage Banc of California Stadium Los Angeles, California
Group stage Allianz Field Saint Paul, Minnesota
Group stage FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland, Ohio
Group stage Children's Mercy Park Kansas City, Kansas
Quarter-finals NRG Stadium Houston, Texas
Quater-finals Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Semi-finals State Farm Stadium Glendale, Arizona
Semi-finals Nissan Stadium Nashville, Tennessee
Final Soldier Field Chicago, Illinois

Where is the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup final?

Soldier Field Chicago

The final of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup will be held at Soldier Field in Chicago, which is home to the NFL's Chicago Bears. It has a capacity of 61,500 and the final will be held on July 7, 2019.

It has previously served as the home venue for major sports teams, including the Chicago Cardinals, University of Notre Dame football, MLS side Chicago Fire, as well as games from the 1994 World Cup, the 1999 Women's World Cup, and several Concacaf Gold Cup games.

In 1968, Soldier Field hosted the first Games of the Special Olympics and it is the third-smallest stadium in the NFL.

2019 Concacaf Gold Cup format

Javier Hernandez Mexico South Korea World Cup 2018

This year's edition of the Gold Cup will feature 16 teams, an increase from the previous 12, broken into four groups of four teams each. 

The winner and runner-up of each group will automatically progress to the knockout stages, with the bottom two group finishers being eliminated.

Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 group stage

The match dates were confirmed by Concacaf on October 9, 2018, with the rest of the qualified teams to be confirmed in March 2019.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Group A

Position Team Played W D L GD Qualification
1 Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 Canada 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
3 Martinique 0 0 0 0 0  
4 Cuba 0 0 0 0 0  

Group B

Position Team Played W D L GD Qualification
1 Costa Rica (H) 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 Haiti 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
3 Nicaragua  0 0 0 0 0  
4 Bermuda 0 0 0 0 0  

Group C

Position Team Played W D L GD Qualification
1 Honduras 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Jamaica 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
3 El Salvador 0 0 0 0 0  
4 Curacao 0 0 0 0 0  

Group D

Position Team Played W D L GD Qualification
1 United States (H) 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 Panama 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
3 Trinidad & Tobago 0 0 0 0 0  
4 Guyana 0 0 0 0 0  

Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 tickets

Specific details on how to purchase tickets to the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup are set to be released soon, though in the meantime, supporters can head to the Concacaf official website and sign up to be the first to hear all the major announcements.

Who are past winners of the Concacaf Gold Cup?

USMNT Gold Cup 2017

The United States head into the tournament as defending champions, two years after beating Jamaica 2-1 in the final.

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Mexico were winners of the 2015 edition when they also beat Jamaica in the final, this time in a 3-1 victory, and are expected to be favourites for this year's edition. El Tri are the most successful team in the tournament's history, picking up a record seven titles from 1993 to 2014, and were third-place finishers in 2017.

Canada are one-time winners of the Concacaf Gold Cup, winning the tournament in 2000 – and these three countries are the only nations to have ever won a Concacaf Gold Cup.

Panama are twice runners-up, in 2005 and 2013, alongside Jamaica and Brazil , while the likes of Honduras , Costa Rica and Colombia have all made the final on one occasion each.