Posted on 08 apr. 2021
Concacaf has announced that Inter Miami CF Stadium in South Florida, the home of MLS club Inter Miami, will host the Preliminary Round (Prelims) of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup. This will mark the official start of the Gold Cup and is a key component of what will be an exciting summer of soccer in the region, which will include the Concacaf Nations League Finals in June and the Gold Cup in July and August.
By 2021, Concacaf’s main competition will include for the first time the Prelims prior to the Group Phase of the tournament, which comprises 16 teams. The 12 nations that will participate in the Prelims qualified through their performances in the Concacaf Nations League and will compete for the last three places in the Group Stage of the Gold Cup.
“We look forward to this summer’s Gold Cup, which will undoubtedly be reinforced by this new Preliminary Round”, said Concacaf President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani. “This last year has been extremely difficult in our region and we carry in our thoughts all the communities that were affected. We hope that the possibility of seeing some of the best national teams in Concacaf compete in our main tournament can give our fans a little hope and happiness. ”
“The 12 teams that will be competing in the Prelims will have the Gold Cup experience at Inter Miami’s excellent facilities and we look forward to a great series of matches.” Montagliani added.
“We look forward to hosting the Gold Cup Prelims at our stadium,” said Jorge Mas, owner and manager of Inter Miami CF. “Our facility in Fort Lauderdale was built with the goal of giving our fans opportunities to enjoy world sport, knowing that our vibrant culture and sporting fan region would be attractive to global teams and competitions. This is just the beginning of the great things to come. ”
12 nations will play July 2-6 at Inter Miami CF Stadium, a soccer stadium that opened last year. The complex, which includes a stadium with a capacity of 18,000 fans, is adjacent to a 50,000 square foot training center, with seven fields in an area of 34 hectares, will allow teams to play games and train in one place.
For the first round of the Prelims, the teams were drawn into six pairings and will play as follows:
First Round – July 2 and 3
Pairing # 1: Haiti vs Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Pairing # 2: Guatemala vs Guyana
Pairing # 3: Trinidad and Tobago vs Monserrat
Pairing # 4: Cuba vs French Guyana
Pairing # 5: Guadalupe vs Bahamas
Pairing # 6: Bermuda vs Barbados
The six winners from the first round will qualify for the second round and play as follows:
Second Round – July 6
Pairing # 7: Winner Pairing # 1 vs Winner Pairing # 6
Pairing # 8: Winner Pairing # 2 vs Winner Pairing # 5
Pairing # 9: Winner Pairing # 3 vs Winner Pairing # 4
The winner of each of the three second round pairings will advance to the Group Stage of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, for which they were drawn into Groups A, B and C, as follows:
Group A: Mexico, El Salvador, Curaçao and Winner Preliminary Round # 9
B Group: United States, Canada, Martinique and Preliminary Round # 7 Winner
Group C: Costa Rica, Jamaica, Suriname and Winner Preliminary Round # 8
Group D: Honduras, Panama, Granada and Qatar
More details on the Prelims, including information about ticket sales, will be announced in the coming weeks.
Concacaf will be providing information on local and federal protocols in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, which will have to be observed by the attending public. This will include a requirement to comply with state regulations and any Concacaf or stadium protocols or regulations.
The Group Stage of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup will start on July 10 and will run until August 1, with 16 participating national teams, of which Canada, Costa Rica, Curaçao, El Salvador, United States, Grenada, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and Suriname have already qualified for the tournament. Additionally, Qatar has been invited to the tournament as the current champion and representative of the Asian Football Confederation. The remaining three countries will clarify through the Gold Cup Prelims, in which 12 Member Associations will compete for the last three spots, to be played from July 2-6 at Inter Miami CF Stadium in Florida.
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