Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2019. 9:26 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Two days before St. George’s Caye Day on September 10, the Belize Jaguars defend home turf and national pride against visiting Grenada in the first round of the CONCACAF Nations League.
Three days before that, they travel to Cayenne to take on French Guiana.
The CONCACAF Nations League is a new centralized men’s national team competition representing a new era of national team football for CONCACAF Member Associations. Through this new centralized competition, all 41 CONCACAF Member Associations will keep the dream alive, by participating in competitive international football year-round.
The 2019-2020 CONCACAF Nations League will be played during the official FIFA match windows in September, October and November 2019. The Final Championship, previously scheduled to take place in March, will now take place in June of 2020.
At the conclusion of the group stage, the winners of each League A group will qualify to the Final Championship, which will determine the champion of the new competition.
Additionally, the group winners from Leagues B and League C will be promoted to League A and B, respectively, while the teams at the bottom of each League A and League B group will be relegated to League B and C, respectively. Belize plays in Group A of League B with French Guiana, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The CONCACAF Nations League began with a one-off qualifying phase. Following 68 matches, the 34 participating teams were compiled into an aggregate table, ranking them 1-34. The final standings of each team determined if they were placed into League A, B or C. The six teams that participated in the Hexagonal Round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Russia 2018 were pre-seeded directly into League A.
2019-2020 Concacaf Nations League Group Stage Schedule
Thursday, September 5, 2019
8:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM BZT
French Guiana vs Belize – Stade Municipal Dr. Edmard Lama, Cayenne, French Guiana
Sunday, September 8, 2019
6:00 PM ET, 4:00 BZT
Belize vs Grenada – Isidro Beaton Stadium, Belmopan, Belize
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