Tuesday marks the end of the group phase of the new Concacaf Nations League.
Concacaf's goal was to keep smaller Caribbean national teams, who comprise the majority of the Concacaf
membership, active in between competitions.
In that regard, the competition has been successful as all 41 national teams competed in 12 groups spread over three leagues. Following a rash
of blowouts during qualifying, there were rumors that some teams wanted to drop out, but the Concacaf Nations League group stage went off with just one forfeit.
A 3-0 victory was awarded
to French Guiana when Belize experienced transportation issues that prevented the Jaguars from traveling to the French department on the top of South America.
The results of Concacaf
Nations League group phase spill over into placing teams into three competitions:
-- The four League A group winners will meet in the 2020 Concacaf Nations League semifinals
final in June 2020. (The USA will beat out Canada with a win over Cuba on Tuesday.)
-- The League A group winners and runners-up (8 teams) and League B winners (4 teams) will qualify for
the 2021 Gold Cup
. They will be joined by winners (4 teams) from two rounds of playoffs: League C winners vs. League B runners-up and then the Group A third-place teams vs. the first-round
-- The last-place teams in the four League A and League B groups will be relegated and the winners of the four League B and League C groups will be promoted for the next
Concacaf Nations League
, likely to be played in 2022-23. The changes for League A in which the USA plays are that Grenada, El Salvador, Jamaica and St. Vincent & Grenadines or Suriname will go
up, and Cuba, Panama or Bermuda (likely Bermuda), Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti will go down. 2020 Concacaf Nations League
USA or Canada
Costa Rica 2021 Gold Cup entrants:
League A winner and runner-up:
Panama or Bermuda
Curacao League B
2021 Gold Cup playoff teams:
First Round (League C winner vs. League B runner-up): League C winner:
Cayman Islands or Barbados
Guadeloupe League B runner-up:
St. Vincent & Grenadines
Second Round (First-round winner vs. League A third-place team):
League A third-place team:
Trinidad & Tobago