Concacaf held an event in Miami on Wednesday to officially debut the Nations League and the confederation’s new logo. Once again, Concacaf’s leadership stressed inclusiveness and providing more games that count for teams outside of the elite level that regularly makes the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying.
“The launch of the Concacaf Nations League, conceived over the last two years and guided by the ONE Concacaf principles of unity and access for our region’s football, is the defining moment marking the completion of our transition into a new era for our 41-member Concacaf family,” Concacaf president Victor Montagliani said. “The Nations League assures that all our members will have the opportunity to play more and compete more, which in turn will propel greater development of the sport at every level.”
Concacaf announced the qualifying rounds for the Nations League earlier this week. On Wednesday, they added the specifics for the Nations League once qualifying is completed.
The results of Nations League Qualifying will be compiled into an aggregate table, ranking the participating teams 1-34 based on points earned, goal difference and a series of additional tie breakers. The table will be used to divide teams into Leagues A, B and C for the first full edition of the Concacaf Nations League. The top six teams from the aggregate table will join the six World Cup Qualifying Hexagonal Round participants in League A, the next 16 teams will qualify for League B, and the remaining teams will be assigned to League C.
The top ten finishers in the Nations League Qualifying final table will also join the six World Cup Hexagonal Round nations in the 2019 Gold Cup, which has recently been expanded to 16 teams, providing additional access to top-level football for more of Concacaf’s Member Associations.