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2019 Concacaf Nations League Draw to Take Place March 27

Miami (Wednesday, March 6, 2019) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) today announced the date and procedures for the official draw of the 2019 Concacaf Nations League. The group stage for the competition will be played in September, October and November 2019. The Final Championship will take place March 2020. 

The draw, which will sub-divide the three Leagues into groups, will be conducted live on Wednesday, March 27 at 10:00 pm ET (7:00 pm local) from The Chelsea Theater, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The presidents from the participating Member Associations, as well as guests from the world of international football will be present at the gala event.

Fans will be able to follow all the action through the Confederation’s partner networks, including Univision Deportes (United States), FloSports (United States), Televisa (Mexico) and other local partners. The event will also be available on Concacaf GO (subject to territory restrictions).

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Following all 68 matches of the one-off Concacaf Nations League Qualifying Phase, which will culminate on Sunday, March 24, teams will be ranked 1-34, based on points earned, goal difference and a series of additional tie breaker criteria. The final standings, available here, will determine how teams will be divided into Leagues A, B and C of the inaugural Concacaf Nations League. 

How the Concacaf Nations League Qualifying Works - Watch the Video!

By virtue of having qualified for the Hexagonal Round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Russia 2018, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, United States and Trinidad & Tobago have been pre-seeded directly into League A. Additionally, Guatemala, who did not participate in the Qualifying Phase due to a suspension imposed by FIFA, will be placed into League C.

Draw Procedures
The draws, to be executed by Concacaf Chief Football Officer Manolo Zubiria, will all use a single-blind system involving three pots for League A, four pots for League B and three Pots for League C. The 41 participating teams will be allocated in the pots according to the League they have qualified for as well as by their Concacaf Ranking as of November 2018.

League A
Pot 1: 4 highest ranked teams
Pot 2: Next 4 ranked teams
Pot 3: Next 4 ranked teams

League B
Pot 1: 4 highest ranked teams
Pot 2: Next 4 ranked teams
Pot 3: Next 4 ranked teams
Pot 4: Next 4 ranked teams

League C
Pot 1: 4 highest ranked teams
Pot 2: Next 4 ranked teams
Pot 3: Next 5 ranked teams

More information on the Men’s Concacaf Ranking is available here.

All three draws will begin by randomly selecting a team from Pot 1 and placing them in Group A of their respective league. The draws will continue by selecting the remaining teams from Pot 1 and positioning them into Groups B, C and D in sequential order. The same procedure will be done for the remaining pots.  

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