Concacaf Gold Cup
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) today announced that 15 U.S. metropolitan areas will welcome the 2019 edition of the Concacaf Gold Cup summer of 2019. The games scheduled to be played in countries outside of the US, Canada, and Mexico will be announced at a later date.
The Concacaf Gold Cup is the premier regional soccer championship that crowns the best national team in North, Central America and the Caribbean, featuring some of the hemisphere’s best players and teams.
For the upcoming edition of the Gold Cup, Concacaf, which previously announced an expanded format to include 16 nations in the biannual championship, has taken steps to expand the tournament to countries in the Concacaf region, allowing more fans across the to take part in the continental championship first-hand. Besides the first-time international markets which will make the tournament accessible to fans in those countries, the 2019 Gold Cup will feature three first-time hosts in the U.S. territory:
Complete groups and schedule, including selection of dates and assignment of matches for the knockout round and the awarding of the Final, will be announced next year.
To date, six of the 16 national teams scheduled to participate have qualified for next year’s tournament, those being the countries that participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hexagonal qualifier round: Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States, in alphabetical order.
Canada, Mexico and the United States automatically qualify for the Gold Cup in representation of North America.
The additional participating nations in the 2019 Gold Cup will qualify through Concacaf Nations League Qualifier competition, to be played in September, October, and November of 2018, and March of 2019.
Taking place every two years, the CONCACAF Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the region, which includes North and Central America and the Caribbean. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers across the region, the Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture.The winner of the 2019 tournament will win continental bragging rights and an assured spot in the CONCACAF Cup play-in game to qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.