Gold Cup: What's new in 2019

The 15th edition of the Concacaf championship begins Saturday with a new format and new co-hosts. 

Format. The tournament has been expanded from 12 to 16 teams. With four groups of four instead of three groups of four, only the top two teams in each group will advance.

Co-hosts. The USA has been host or co-host of every tournament, sharing hosting duties with Mexico in 1993 and 2003 and Canada in 2015. As part of Concacaf president Victor Montagliani's promise to expand the Gold Cup to other regions, Costa Rica and Jamaica will both host doubleheaders on the first matchday of the group stage.

Qualifying. As part of its move to launch the new Concacaf Nations League, Concacaf abandoned regional qualifying in the Caribbean and Central America for the Gold Cup, and used the same super league -- 34 teams playing four games -- for Nations League qualifying to determine the 10 teams that would join the six seeds -- the six teams from the 2016-17 Hexagonal -- in the Gold Cup.

Teams. Guyana, which will face the USA in their opener on Tuesday, and Bermuda, are making their Gold Cup debuts. Eleven of the 12 Gold Cup teams-- all but French Guiana -- return, while the other three teams -- Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago -- made their last appearance in 2015.

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Coaches. Of the 11 returning teams. eight have new coaches. Only three return from 2017: Remko Bicentini (Curacao), Theodore Whitmore (Jamaica) and Henry Duarte (Nicaragua).

2 comments about "Gold Cup: What's new in 2019".
  1. R2 Dad, June 16, 2019 at 4:39 a.m.

    This is a great tournament, unless you’re Mexico or the USA. At the very least, can’t they do a referee exchange with UEFA, to give us the benefit of top- level officials? 

  2. R2 Dad, June 16, 2019 at 4:40 a.m.

    This is a great tournament, unless you’re Mexico or the USA. At the very least, can’t they do a referee exchange with UEFA, to give us the benefit of top- level officials? 

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