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2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A

2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A
Tournament details
DatesGroup phase:
5 September – 19 November 2019
Final championship:
June 2020
Teams12
Relegated Bermuda
 Cuba
 Haiti
 Trinidad and Tobago
Tournament statistics
Matches played24
Goals scored73 (3.04 per match)
Top scorer(s)United States Jordan Morris
(4 goals)
2021–22
All statistics correct as of 19 November 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

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

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

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][15]

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation United States Canada Cuba
1  United States 4 3 0 1 15 3 +12 9 Qualification to CNL Finals & 2021 Gold Cup 4–1 7–0
2  Canada 4 3 0 1 10 4 +6 9 Qualification to 2021 Gold Cup 2–0 6–0
3  Cuba 4 0 0 4 0 18 −18 0 Relegation to Lg. B & advance to Gold Cup qualifying round 2 0–4 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 15 November 2019. Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Canada 6–0 Cuba
Report
Attendance: 10,224[16]
Referee: Fernando Hernández (Mexico)

Cuba 0–1 Canada
Report
Attendance: 420
Referee: Mario Escobar (Guatemala)

United States 7–0 Cuba
Report
Attendance: 13,784
Referee: José Torres (Puerto Rico)

Canada 2–0 United States
Report
Attendance: 17,126[17]
Referee: Daneon Parchment (Jamaica)

United States 4–1 Canada
Report
Attendance: 13,103
Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)

Cuba 0–4 United States
Report
Attendance: 1,966
Referee: John Pitti (Panama)

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation Mexico Panama Bermuda
1  Mexico 4 4 0 0 13 3 +10 12 Qualification to CNL Finals & 2021 Gold Cup 3–1 2–1
2  Panama 4 1 0 3 5 9 −4 3 Qualification to 2021 Gold Cup 0–3 0–2
3  Bermuda 4 1 0 3 5 11 −6 3 Relegation to Lg. B & advance to Gold Cup qualifying round 2 1–5 1–4
Updated to match(es) played on 15 November 2019. Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Bermuda 1–4 Panama
Report
Attendance: 189
Referee: Raúl Castro (Honduras)

Panama 0–2 Bermuda
Report
Attendance: 12,053
Referee: Nitzar Sandoval (Nicaragua)

Bermuda 1–5 Mexico
Report

Mexico 3–1 Panama
Report
Attendance: 41,075
Referee: Iván Barton (El Salvador)

Panama 0–3 Mexico
Report

Mexico 2–1 Bermuda
Report
Referee: Ismael Cornejo (El Salvador)

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation Honduras Martinique Trinidad and Tobago
1  Honduras 4 3 1 0 8 1 +7 10 Qualification to CNL Finals & 2021 Gold Cup 1–0 4–0
2  Martinique 4 0 3 1 4 5 −1 3 Qualification to 2021 Gold Cup 1–1 1–1
3  Trinidad and Tobago 4 0 2 2 3 9 −6 2 Relegation to Lg. B & advance to Gold Cup qualifying round 2 0–2 2–2
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Martinique 1–1 Trinidad and Tobago
Mandouki Goal 41' Report J. Jones Goal 65' (pen.)
Attendance: 4,678
Referee: José Kellys (Panama)

Trinidad and Tobago 2–2 Martinique
Report
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Diego Montaño (Mexico)

Trinidad and Tobago 0–2 Honduras
Report
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Mario Escobar (Guatemala)

Honduras 1–0 Martinique
Report
Attendance: 34,265
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (Mexico)

Martinique 1–1 Honduras
Report
Attendance: 1,453
Referee: Ted Unkel (United States)

Honduras 4–0 Trinidad and Tobago
Report

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation Costa Rica Curaçao Haiti
1  Costa Rica 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1 6 Qualification to CNL Finals & 2021 Gold Cup 0–0 1–1
2  Curaçao 4 1 2 1 3 3 0 5 Qualification to 2021 Gold Cup 1–2 1–0
3  Haiti 4 0 3 1 3 4 −1 3 Relegation to Lg. B & advance to Gold Cup qualifying round 2 1–1 1–1
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Curaçao 1–0 Haiti
Hooi Goal 70' Report
Attendance: 8,346
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)

Haiti 1–1 Curaçao
Report

Haiti 1–1 Costa Rica
Report

Costa Rica 0–0 Curaçao
Report
Attendance: 7,256
Referee: Armando Villarreal (United States)

Curaçao 1–2 Costa Rica
Report
Attendance: 11,387
Referee: Marco Ortiz (Mexico)

Costa Rica 1–1 Haiti
Report

Final championship

Seeding

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 B  Mexico 4 4 0 0 13 3 +10 12
2 C  Honduras 4 3 1 0 8 1 +7 10
3 A  United States 4 3 0 1 15 3 +12 9
4 D  Costa Rica 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1 6
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

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
June 2020 – TBD
 
 
 Mexico
 
June 2020 – TBD
 
 Costa Rica
 
Semi-final 1 Winner
 
June 2020 – TBD
 
Semi-final 2 Winner
 
 Honduras
 
 
 United States
 
Third place match
 
 
June 2020 – TBD
 
 
Semi-final 1 Loser
 
 
Semi-final 2 Loser

Semi-finals

Mexico v Costa Rica
Report

Honduras v United States
Report

Third place match

Semi-final 1 LoservSemi-final 2 Loser
Report

Final

Semi-final 1 WinnervSemi-final 2 Winner
Report

Goalscorers

There have been 73 goals scored in 24 matches, for an average of 3.04 goals per match (as of 19 November 2019). Players highlighted in bold are still active in the competition.

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Notes

  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.[18]

References

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  5. ^ "CONCACAF Nations League to Serve as Pathway for 2021 Gold Cup". CONCACAF.com. The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. 4 September 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
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  8. ^ "2019 CONCACAF Nations League Draw to Take Place March 27". CONCACAFNationsLeague.com. Miami: CONCACAF. 6 March 2019. Archived from the original on 7 March 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
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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. ^ "2019-2020 Concacaf Nations League November Group Stage Schedule" (PDF). CONCACAF.
  16. ^ Davidson, Neil. "Announced attendance of 10,224 for Canada-Cuba match". Twitter. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  17. ^ Molinaro, John. "Davies helps Canada vanquish U.S. in Concacaf Nations League". Canadian Premier League. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  18. ^ "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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