Newspaper article The Canadian Press

CONCACAF to Adopt with League of Nations Format for Member Countries

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

CONCACAF to Adopt with League of Nations Format for Member Countries

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CONCACAF to adopt League of Nations

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TORONTO - CONCACAF has approved a "League of Nations" format for play within the 41-country confederation that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.

In essence, it creates a three-tiered league which the confederation says will "maximize the quality, quantity and frequency of competitive matches" of its members.

The competition will be used as qualifying for the CONCACAF Gold Cup and to determine seeding in World Cup qualifying.

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani, a Canadian, calls it a "watershed moment" for the confederation.

Europe has already announced similar plans for the UEFA Nations League.

While more details are expected in early 2018, CONCACAF says a preliminary series of matches played across four different dates beginning next September will be used to seed its member associations into their respective leagues.

The leagues will have promotion and relegation.

Canada is currently ranked 10th in CONCACAF and 96th in the world. The teams above it in the region are Mexico, Costa Rica, the U.S., Panama, Haiti, Jamaica, Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago and Curacao.

The European plan calls for 55 national teams divided into four leagues based on October 2017 rankings. …

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