Concacaf's new League of Nations will shake up U.S. schedule

Concacaf announced plans to introduce the Concacaf League of Nations, a new national team competition to be played between World Cup cycles.

The main effect of the competition, which will include tiered-play, is intended to fill out the calendar for Concacaf's many small teams, mostly from the Caribbean, who typically play few competitive games in a four-year cycle.

In an FAQ, Concacaf pointed out that a couple of examples: St. Martin, which played in two competitive matches in 2014-16, would play 12-16 consequential encounters, and Belize, whose competitive schedule would jump from 14 competitive matches over the same period to 18-30.

For the USA and Mexico, it will mean the many international friendlies they play will be curtailed and their schedules during FIFA windows would be filled up with dates against Concacaf rivals. UEFA is introducing a League of Nations of its own, reducing dates for friendly games.

Former U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann stressed the importance of playing international soccer's top teams, and the USA beat Italy, Germany and the Netherlands on the road in friendlies played in 2012 and 2013.

Mexico's international matches on U.S. soil are a bonanza for the Mexican federation and SUM, its U.S. marketing arm.

Concacaf's position on friendlies:

"While the opportunities for friendlies within the FIFA international match calendar will be limited, there will still be space for these types of encounters. In broader terms, the League of Nations aligns CONCACAF with the general movement in the world of international football, away from low-stakes friendly matches."

2 comments about "Concacaf's new League of Nations will shake up U.S. schedule".
  1. Footballer Forever, November 17, 2017 at 3:11 p.m.

    The '" New league of Nations" name is so lame, uncreative and cheesy.  In the ebd, it does nothing more than to segregate football federations.  Maybe Fifa needs to abolish some meaningless cups who overload the football calendar. 

  2. Fire Paul Gardner Now, November 18, 2017 at 4:49 p.m.

    I guess it's all about money (which I understand) but these teams already play each other in the Gold Cup and in WC qualifying.  I don't feel like I need to see any more CONCACAF matchups.

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