National teams discover groups for Concacaf competitions
The Bermuda men’s national team has been drawn against French Guiana, Belize and St Vincent and the Grenadines in the next instalment of the Concacaf Nations League.
The men’s team, placed in group C of League B will head into the competition, which starts in September, with a new coach after the Bermuda Football Association decided not to renew Kyle Lightbourne’s contract following a poor campaign which resulted in only win courtesy of a forfeit.
Meanwhile, women’s national side will face the Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Barbados in group C of the Concacaf Gold Cup.
Thirty five teams, excluding the two who will compete in the Olympic Games Women’s football tournament (USA and Canada or Jamaica), have been split into three leagues according to their Concacaf ranking as of March 2023, and subdivided into groups.
League A is made up of the nine top-ranked teams divided into three groups of three. Bermuda are in League B alongside the next 12 best-ranked teams divided into three groups of four teams while League C has the 14 remaining teams divided into two groups of four teams and two groups of three teams.
After home and away group stage play, within each League, in the international windows of September, October, and November, the top finishers in each of the League A groups will qualify for next year’s Concacaf W Gold Cup Group Stage.
Furthermore, the second-place finishers in each of the League A groups (three teams) and the first-place finishers in each of the League B groups (three teams) will advance to the Concacaf Women’s Gold Cup preliminaries. Concacaf will announce the Road to Women’s Gold Cup schedule at a later date.
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