Cuba aims to reach at least the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF tournament. Photo: Latin Press Author: Latin press
The Cuban football team already knows who will be its opponent in the 2023-2024 CONCACAF Nations League, following the draw held on Tuesday in Miami, USA.
The so-called Caribbean Lions, who will play in League A after being promoted last year, are now in Group B of that division, along with teams from Haiti, Jamaica, Honduras, Suriname and Grenada.
For its part, key A will have the presence of Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador, Martinique, Curaçao and Nicaragua.
In this stage, which will be played in L format on the FIFA dates in September, October and November this year, the members of each group will play a Swiss system league, with the team playing four games: two at home. and a couple of other visitors.
The top two from each group will advance to the quarter-finals, where Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and the United States, the top four in the Concacaf rankings, await them. Meanwhile, the fifth and sixth from each key will drop down to league B.
When pairing the top eight legs, the following aspects will be taken into account: for those who qualify from the groups, the key is the position (first or second), and the seeding will depend on their position in the confederation ranking of the Koncacafe rankings.
Intersections will be as follows: 4th. Concacafe vs. best 1st place; 3rd. Concacafe vs. next 1st place; 2nd. Concacafe vs. best 2nd place; and 1st Koncacafe v. next 2nd place.
League A direct knockout rounds will start in March 2024 at a location yet to be confirmed.
Other divisions also count
In addition to the highest category, we will have B and C leagues where the fight is focused on climbing to the next division, and not relegation or at least keeping the category, depending on each case.
In B, the segments were as follows (leaders go up, and the last ones in each group go down):
TO: Guadeloupe, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Sint Maarten.
B: Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Montserrat and Barbados.
C: French Guiana, Bermuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Belize.
D: Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.
And in C, the distribution will be as follows (the top three and the best second place go up):
TO: Bonaire, Saint Martin and Anguilla.
B: Aruba, Cayman Islands and US Virgin Islands.
WITH: Dominica, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
Source: Juventud Rebelde