CONCACAF Nations League
Founded2018; 3 years ago (2018)
RegionNorth America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF)
Number of teams41
Qualifier forCONCACAF Gold Cup
Current champions United States (1st title)
Most successful team(s) United States (1 title)
WebsiteOfficial website
2022–23 CONCACAF Nations League

The CONCACAF Nations League (Spanish: Liga de Naciones CONCACAF, French: Ligue des Nations de la CONCACAF) is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the member associations of CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The tournament takes place on dates allocated for international friendlies on the FIFA International Match Calendar. A one-time qualifying tournament took place from September 2018 to March 2019 and the inaugural tournament began in September 2019.[1]

History and format

The tournament was announced in November 2017.[2] It is divided into three tiered leagues, A, B, and C, of four groups each, with promotion and relegation between the leagues based on finishing position within groups. The group winners of League A enter a four-team knockout competition to be crowned champion, while the group-winners of Leagues B and C are promoted to the next tier. In Leagues A and B, the four teams at the bottom of the groups are relegated to the next-lower tier.[3] The tournament will also determine which national teams qualify for the next edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.[2]

The format proposals were first formally investigated at the XXXII CONCACAF Ordinary Congress in Oranjestad, Aruba on 8 April 2017[4][5] and confirmed by CONCACAF on 16 November 2017.[2] CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani stated that the purpose of the competition is to have a regular schedule of international fixtures for CONCACAF's national teams, noting that some teams play fewer than 10 games in a four-year period and needed more competitive games to assist the sport's development in those nations.[6][7]

Trophy

The CONCACAF Nations League trophy was unveiled eight days before the inaugural Nations League Finals. The trophy represents all 41 CONCACAF national associations and is made of silver-plated brass metal and raw stone. The trophy weighs 8 kg and is 52 cm tall.[8]

Anthem

The official anthem of the CONCACAF Nations League is 3 minutes and 54 seconds long, and is played when the players are entering the field of play, in television sequences and for ceremonial purposes.

Seasons

Each season of the CONCACAF Nations League is typically played from September to November of an odd-numbered year (league phase), and June of the following even-numbered year (Nations League Finals of League A), meaning a CONCACAF Nations League champion is crowned every two years. An exception will be made in the 2022–23 season when the league phase will be played in May to September 2022, due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup played in Qatar at the end of the year.

Results of Nations League finals

Season Host Final Third place play-off
Winners Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
2019–20
Details
 United States
United States
3–2
(a.e.t.)

Mexico

Honduras
2–2
(5–4 p)

Costa Rica
2022–23
Details

Performances by team

Team Winners Runners-up Third place Fourth place
 United States 1 (2021*)
 Mexico 1 (2021)
 Honduras 1 (2021)
 Costa Rica 1 (2021)
* = hosts

Team performances by season

Team 2019–20 2022–23
LG P/NM/R LG P/NM/R
 Anguilla C Same position C
 Antigua and Barbuda B Same position B
 Aruba B Fall C
 Bahamas C Rise B
 Barbados C Rise B
 Belize B Same position B
 Bermuda A Fall B
 Bonaire C Same position C
 British Virgin Islands C Same position C
 Canada A Same position A
 Cayman Islands C Same position C
 Costa Rica A 4 A
 Cuba A Fall B
 Curaçao A Same position A
 Dominica B Fall C
 Dominican Republic B Same position B
 El Salvador B Rise A
 French Guiana B Same position B
 Grenada B Rise A
 Guadeloupe C Rise B
 Guatemala C Rise B
 Guyana B Same position B
 Haiti A Fall B
 Honduras A 3 A
 Jamaica B Rise A
 Martinique A Same position A
 Mexico A 2 A
 Montserrat B Same position B
 Nicaragua B Same position B
 Panama A Same position A
 Puerto Rico C Same position C
 Saint Kitts and Nevis B Fall C
 Saint Lucia B Fall C
 Saint Martin C Same position C
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines B Same position B
 Sint Maarten C Same position C
 Suriname B Rise A
 Trinidad and Tobago A Fall B
 Turks and Caicos Islands C Same position C
 United States A 1 A
 U.S. Virgin Islands C Same position C

Broadcasters

CONCACAF

Country/region Broadcaster Ref.
Free Pay
 Aruba Telearuba
 Canada OneSoccer [9]
 Caribbean Flow [9]
 El Salvador TCS Millicom [10]
 Guatemala RTVG
 Nicaragua Viva Nicaragua
 Honduras TVC
 Costa Rica Repretel
Teletica
Multimedios TV
 Mexico Multimedios TV
TV Azteca
Televisa
 Curaçao TeleCuraçao
 Jamaica CVM (delayed)
 Panama RPC-TV
TVN
TVMax
 Suriname ATV
STVS
 United States Univision (Spanish) Paramount+ (English)

CBS Sports Network (English, finals only)

[11][12][13]

South America

Country/region Broadcaster Ref.
Free Pay
 Argentina El Trece TyC Sports
 Bolivia Bolivision Tigo Sports
 Brazil Rede Globo SporTV
 Chile TVN (Chile)
 Colombia Caracol TV
 Ecuador Gama TV, Ecuavisa
 Paraguay Paravisión Tigo Sports
 Peru Latina Television
 Uruguay Teledoce
 Venezuela Venevision

International

All matches are streamed through CONCACAF's subscription streaming service CONCACAF GO

Country/region Broadcaster Ref.
Free Pay
Sport Klub
 Indonesia Mola TV [14]
 Timor-Leste
NENT

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b c "CONCACAF League of Nations Confirmed". CONCACAF.com. The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. 16 November 2017. Archived from the original on 25 December 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  3. ^ "CONCACAF League of Nations – Frequently Asked Questions" (PDF). CONCACAF.com. The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. 16 November 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 November 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Agenda – XXXII CONCACAF Ordinary Congress" (PDF). CONCACAF.com. The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. 15 March 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 November 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  5. ^ "CONCACAF Nations League Officially Launched". CONCACAFNationsLeague.com. The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  6. ^ "CONCACAF Announces Gold Cup Expansion to 16 Teams, Opening Access for More Nations to Participate and Host". GoldCup.org. The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. 26 February 2018. Archived from the original on 26 June 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Montagliani: CONCACAF Gold Cup expansion is additional fuel for the growth of the game". GoldCup.org. The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. 27 February 2018. Archived from the original on 22 October 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Concacaf Nations League Trophy unveiled ahead of Final Four". CONCACAF. 26 May 2021. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Concacaf Nations League deal tightens OneSoccer's grip on Canadian soccer". Sports Business Media. 27 August 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Tigo Sports acquires rights to Costa Rica Concacaf Nations League games". SportBusiness Media. 3 October 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Concacaf and CBS Sports agree to multi-year media rights partnership for Concacaf Nations League and new Concacaf women's national team competitions". CONCACAF. 27 February 2021.
  12. ^ "Paramount+ adds Concacaf soccer rights ahead of US launch - SportsPro Media".
  13. ^ "USA, Mexico change formations for Concacaf Nations League final". CBS Sports. 6 June 2021. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Panama Vs Bermuda LIVE STREAMING Mola TV Kick-Off Jam 08.00 WIB | Live CONCACAF Nations League". Tribun Pontianak (in Indonesian). Retrieved 12 February 2020.