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Bermuda to discover Gold Cup opponents

Bermuda will discover their opponents as part of Concacaf's newly formatted Gold Cup, and the introduction of a first draw for the prestigious regional tournament, on September 28.

The new set-up for Concacaf's flagship competition will include a Preliminary Round prior to the 16 team Group Stage.

The Preliminary Round will include 12 Member Associations, including Bermuda, competing for the final three spots in the Group Stage.

The format will be played as direct elimination, from July 2 to 6, in a centralised location in the United States.

The Preliminary Round will comprise the 12 national teams who qualified through their Concacaf Nations League performances, including the third placed teams from League A, the second placed teams from League B, and the winners of League C.

As well as Kyle Lightbourne's side, the remaining 11 nations involved include, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Montserrat, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

After a knockout format involving the 12 national teams, the remaining three teams at the end of the Preliminary Round will qualify for the Gold Cup Group Stage. As part of the new draw format this month, both the Preliminary Round and the Group Stage will be drawn.

An initial 12 teams have already booked their place in the Group Stage, which will commence on July 10, through their performances in the inaugural Concacaf Nations League.

They include the winners and runners-up in League A, and the winners of League B, including Canada, Costa Rica, Curacao, El Salvador, Grenada, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Suriname and USA.

They will be joined in the group stage by AFC Asian Cup Champions, Qatar, who will compete as a guest as part of a major collaboration between Concacaf and the host country of the FIFA World Cup to be held 2022.

Qatar will be the second team to compete as a guest following South Korea who played in the 2000 and 2002 editions.

Additionally in another new feature, the Knockout Phase, which follows the Group Stage, will see teams on opposite sides of the bracket meet from the Quarter-finals onwards.

In previous tournaments, teams have only faced opposition from the same side of the bracket until the final.

Road to Gold Cup: Bermuda will discover their opponents for the Gold Cup Preliminary Round in a draw on September 28

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Published September 04, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated September 03, 2020 at 11:00 pm)

Bermuda to discover Gold Cup opponents

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