Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2021. 1:12 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Verdes, appointed by the FFB and approved by Concacaf to participate in the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf League (SCL), await the draw which will be held in Miami on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
Concacaf said in a statement that 22 clubs from eleven Concacaf countries will compete in the fifth edition of the championship.
According to Concacaf the competition will start on August 3 qualifying six clubs to the 2022 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League (SCCL).
Concacaf said that the draw will be televised on its partner networks, including TUDN (USA-Spanish), Fox Sports (USA-English) Fox Sports (Mexico), ESPN (Central America), Flow Sports (Caribbean), other local partners plus Concacaf GO via the Confederation’s Official App and Website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel (subject to territory restrictions).
The 22 clubs have been split into two groups: 12 for the Preliminary Round, in which Verdes included, and 10 for the Round of 16.
“Preliminary Round (12 clubs): Verdes FC (BLZ), Hamilton Forge FC (CAN), Santos de Guapiles (CRC), Comunicaciones FC (GUA), FC Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa (GUA), CD Marathon (HON), AS Samaritaine (MTQ), Diriangen FC (NCA), CD Universitario (PAN), Metropolitan FA (PUR), 11 Deportivo FC (SLV), and CD FAS (SLV).
Round of 16 (10 clubs): Deportivo Saprissa (CRC), LD Alajuelense (CRC), CD Guastatoya (GUA), CD Olimpia (HON), FC Motagua (HON), Real Estelí FC (NCA), CA Independiente (PAN), CD Plaza Amador (PAN), Alianza FC (SLV), and Inter Moengo Tapoe (SUR).”
In its Concacaf Club Index for 2021, Concacaf said Verdes qualified to represent Belize as the “2019 Opening Champion with the most accumulated points in the 2019-20 season.”
The other PLB teams opposed Verdes appointment by the FFB claiming they should have been consulted since Verdes already had a break to repesent Belize in the 2020 SCL by virtue of its 2019 status.
For tomorrow’s draw, Verdes have been placed in Pot 2.
According to Concacaf, “The draw will use a single-blind system involving four pots. Pots 1 and 2 will contain the names of the 12 clubs participating in the Preliminary Round, while Pots 3 and 4 will contain the names of the ten clubs qualified for the Round of 16 and the six winners of the six Preliminary Round matchups.”
The teams were placed in the different pots based on the 2021 Concacaf Club Ranking, which in effect is a cumulative performance of the Belize clubs that have participated in the last five SCL tournaments.
The four pots are:
“Pot 1: 11 Deportivo FC (SLV3), CD FAS (SLV2), CD Marathon (HON3), CD Universitario (PAN3), Metropolitan FA (CCC3), and Santos de Guapiles (CRC3).
“Pot 2: AS Samaritaine (CCC4), Comunicaciones FC (GUA3), Diriangen FC (NCA2), FC Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa (GUA2), Hamilton Forge FC (CAN2), and Verdes FC (BLZ1).
“Pot 3: Alianza FC (SLV1), CA Independiente (PAN1), CD Olimpia (HON1), CD Plaza Amador (PAN2), Deportivo Saprissa (CRC2), FC Motagua (HON2), LD Alajuelense (CRC1), and Real Estelí FC (NCA1).
“Pot 4: CD Guastatoya (GUA1), Inter Moengo Tapoe (CCC2), Winner Preliminary Round 1, Winner Preliminary Round 2, Winner Preliminary Round 3, Winner Preliminary Round 4, Winner Preliminary Round 5, and Winner Preliminary Round 6.”
Concacaf said “The event will begin with the Preliminary Round draw. Once the first club from Pot 1 is drawn, it will be placed in position A of Preliminary Round matchup 1. The process will be repeated with the remaining five clubs in Pot 1, using position A of matchups 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. The same procedure will be followed for Pot 2, using the B position in the six matchups.
“Pots 3 and 4 will be drawn using the same procedure. Clubs draw from Pot 3 will be assigned to positions A1-A8 according to the order in which they are drawn, while Pot 4 will use positions B1-B8.”
Concacaf also published the SCL competition schedule:
August 3-5 (first leg matches)
August 17-19 (second leg matches)
Round of 16
September 21-23 (first leg matches)
September 28-30 (second leg matches)
October 19-21 (first leg matches)
November 2-4 (second leg matches)
November 23-25 (first leg matches)
November 30 – December 2 (second leg matches)
December 7-9 (first leg matches)
December 14-15 (second leg matches)
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