CONCACAF Nations League

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CONCACAF Nations League
CONCACAF Nations League.svg
Founded2018;1 year ago (2018)
RegionNorth America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF)
Number of teams41
Qualifier for CONCACAF Gold Cup
Website Official website
Soccerball current event.svg 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League

The CONCACAF Nations League is an international football competition, to be contested by the senior men's national teams of the member associations of CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The tournament would take place on dates that are currently allocated for international friendlies on the FIFA International Match Calendar. The inaugural tournament is expected to begin in September 2019. A one-off qualifying tournament took place from September 2018 to March 2019. [1]

Association football Team field sport

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CONCACAF International sport governing body

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football is the continental governing body for association football in North America, which includes Central America and the Caribbean region. Three geographically South American entities — the independent nations of Guyana and Suriname and the French overseas department of French Guiana — are also members. CONCACAF's primary functions are to organize competitions for national teams and clubs, and to conduct World Cup and Women's World Cup qualifying tournaments.

North America Continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere

North America is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere; it is also considered by some to be a northern subcontinent of the Americas. It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, and to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea.

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History

The tournament was announced in November 2017. [2] It will be divided into three leagues with a champion to be crowned at the end of each edition. [3] The tournament will also determine which national teams qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup and will feature promotion and relegation between the leagues. The format proposals were first formally investigated at the XXXII CONCACAF Ordinary Congress in Oranjestad, Aruba on 8 April 2017. [4] [5]

CONCACAF Gold Cup The main association football competition of the mens national football teams governed by CONCACAF

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the main association football competition of the men's national football teams governed by CONCACAF, determining the continental champion of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The Gold Cup is held every two years.

Promotion and relegation sporting term

In sports leagues, promotion and relegation is a process where teams are transferred between multiple divisions based on their performance for the completed season. The best-ranked team(s) in the lower division are promoted to the higher division for the next season, and the worst-ranked team(s) in the higher division are relegated to the lower division for the next season. In some leagues, playoffs or qualifying rounds are also used to determine rankings. This process can continue through several levels of divisions, with teams being exchanged between levels 1 and 2, levels 2 and 3, levels 3 and 4, and so on. During the season, teams that are high enough in the league table that they would qualify for promotion are sometimes said to be in the promotion zone, and those at the bottom are in the relegation zone.

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Oranjestad is the capital and largest city of Aruba. Oranjestad is located on the southern coast near the western end of the island country. In the local language, Papiamento, Oranjestad is often referred to simply as "Playa". As of 2015, the population of the capital was around 35,000.

CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani stated that the purpose of the competition is to have a regular schedule of international fixtures for CONCACAF's national teams noting that some teams play fewer than 10 games in a four-year period and needed more competitive games to assist the sport's development in those nations. [6] [7]

Victor Montagliani Canadian soccer executive

Victor Montagliani is a Canadian businessman, soccer executive, and the president of CONCACAF. He is a member of the FIFA Council.

Results of Nations League Final Championships

SeasonHostFinalThird place play-off
WinnerScoreRunner-upThird placeScoreFourth place
2019–20
Details
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Team performances by season

Team 2019–20 2021–22
LGRKP/RLGRKP/R
Flag of Anguilla.svg  Anguilla C
Flag of Antigua and Barbuda.svg  Antigua and Barbuda B
Flag of Aruba.svg  Aruba C
Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas C
Flag of Barbados.svg  Barbados B
Flag of Belize.svg  Belize B
Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda A
Flag of Bonaire.svg  Bonaire C
Flag of the British Virgin Islands.svg  British Virgin Islands C
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada A
Flag of the Cayman Islands.svg  Cayman Islands C
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica A
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba A
Flag of Curacao.svg  Curaçao A
Flag of Dominica.svg  Dominica B
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic B
Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador B
Flag of French Guiana.svg  French Guiana B
Flag of Grenada.svg  Grenada B
Flag of Guadeloupe (local).svg  Guadeloupe C
Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala C
Flag of Guyana.svg  Guyana B
Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti A
Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras A
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica B
Snake Flag of Martinique.svg  Martinique A
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico A
Flag of Montserrat.svg  Montserrat B
Flag of Nicaragua.svg  Nicaragua B
Flag of Panama.svg  Panama A
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico C
Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg  Saint Kitts and Nevis B
Flag of Saint Lucia.svg  Saint Lucia B
Flag of France.svg  Saint Martin C
Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svg  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines B
Flag of Sint Maarten.svg  Sint Maarten C
Flag of Suriname.svg  Suriname B
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago A
Flag of the Turks and Caicos Islands.svg  Turks and Caicos Islands C
Flag of the United States.svg  United States A
Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg  U.S. Virgin Islands C

See also

UEFA Nations League international association football tournament

The UEFA Nations League is a biennial international football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the member associations of UEFA, the sport's European governing body.

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Canadian Soccer Association association football national governing body

The Canadian Soccer Association is the governing body of soccer in Canada. It is a national organization that oversees the Canadian men's and women's national teams for international play, as well as the respective junior sides. Within Canada, it oversees national professional and amateur club championships.

Caribbean Football Union The nominal governing body for association football in the Caribbean as well as Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) is the nominal governing body for association football in the Caribbean as well as Bermuda, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. It represents 25 FIFA member nations, as well as 6 territories that are not affiliated to FIFA. The Union was established in January 1978 and its Member Associations compete in the CONCACAF region.

Central American Football Union sports governing body

The Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol, more commonly known by the acronym UNCAF, represents the national football teams of Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Its member associations are part of CONCACAF.

The CONCACAF Women's Championship, in some years called the CONCACAFWomen'sGoldCup or the CONCACAFWomen'sWorldCupqualifying, is a football competition organized by CONCACAF that often serves as the qualifying competition to the Women's World Cup. In years when the tournament has been held outside the World Cup qualifying cycle, non-CONCACAF members have been invited. CONCACAF is the governing body for football for North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The most successful country has been the United States, winning their eighth title in 2018.

CONCACAF Champions League football tournament

The CONCACAF Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organized by CONCACAF for the top football clubs in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The winner of the CONCACAF Champions League automatically qualifies for the quarter-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. The tournament is officially known as the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, since February 2015, due to sponsorship by Scotiabank. The competition has been completed 52 times through the 2016–17 event, with 54 champions due to a three-way shared title in the 1978 competition.

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North American Football Union

The North American Football Union (NAFU) is a regional grouping under CONCACAF of national football organizations in the North American Zone. The NAFU has no organizational structure. The statutes say "CONCACAF shall recognize ... The North American Football Union (NAFU)". The NAFU provide one of CONCACAF's representatives to the FIFA Executive Committee.

2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup

The 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be the 15th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial international men's football championship of the North, Central American, and Caribbean region organized by CONCACAF. The tournament will primarily be hosted in the United States, with Costa Rica and Jamaica also hosting double-headers in the first round of matches in groups B and C, respectively.

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification process decided all 24 teams which will play in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, with the hosts France qualifying automatically. It will be the eighth FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. The tournament will be the third to be hosted in Europe, after the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden and the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.

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 Nations League qualifying tournament also served as part of the qualifying process for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which has been expanded from 12 to 16 teams.

The qualifying phase of the 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League was a one-off tournament that took place from 6 September 2018 to 24 March 2019. The qualifying determined the seeding for the group phase of the inaugural tournament, as well as determining the remaining ten teams which qualified for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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 March 2020 to crown the inaugural champions of the CONCACAF Nations League.

The 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League C is the third and lowest 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.

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