T&T Soca Warriors will play away to Martinique on Friday, September 6 in its opening match in Group C of League A of the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League which will also feature Honduras.
The Dennis Lawrence-coached Soca Warriors ranked 93rd as of April 4, will then host the French-speaking Caribbean Island on Monday, September 9 in the return encounter before hosting 61st world ranked Honduras on Thursday, October 10, then playing the Central Americans away on Sunday, November 17 to complete round-robin pool play.
The six teams which participated in the fifth round (hexagonal) of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification received automatic entry into the CONCACAF Nations League A and were joined by the top six finishers in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League qualifiers last weekend to form League A.
In addition to T&T, the World Cup quartet of Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico, as well as the USA, were the other automatic Nations League A qualifiers.
When the draw was made for the group stage in March, Lawrence speaking then stated: It’s a very good draw and even playing field for all as in the modern game there are no strong or weak teams. It makes for an exciting and hopefully entertaining Nations League for all.”
The draw self included teams separated into three pots of four teams each, based on the November 2018 Concacaf Ranking, with one country from each pot pulled to make up Nations League A Groups A, B, C and D.
The Group Phase for each league is a round-robin, home-and-away format which will play out during the course of the September, October and November FIFA international dates in 2019.
At the end of the round-robin competition, the four group winners from League A will advance to the Final Championship, where a semifinal and final will be played during the March 2020 FIFA international dates to crown the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League champion.
Additionally, the League A and B teams which finished last in their groups will be relegated to the lower league, while the group winners in Leagues B and C will be promoted to the higher league for the next edition of the competition.
The four League A group winners will qualify to the Nations League final championship, to be played in March 2020, which will determine the champion of the new competition.
The four last-placed teams in each group will be relegated to League B for the next edition of the tournament.
League B will consist of the next 16 teams from qualifying, which finished from 7th to 22nd.
The league will contain four groups of four teams. The four group winners will be promoted to League A, while the four last-placed teams in each group will be relegated to League C for the next edition.
League C will consist of the remaining 13 member associations, the teams which finished 23rd to 34th in qualifying, along with Guatemala who did not enter qualifying.
The league will contain four groups, with three groups of three teams and one group of four teams. The four group winners will be promoted to League B for the next edition of the competition.
2019 Concacaf Nations League:
Group A: USA, Canada, Cuba
Group B: Mexico, Panama, Bermuda
Group C: Honduras, T&T, Martinique
Group D: Costa Rica, Haiti, Curacao
Group A: French Guiana, St Kitts/Nevis, Belize, Grenada
Group B: El Salvador, Dominican Republic, St Lucia, Montserrat
Group C: Jamaica, Guyana, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba
Group D: Nicaragua, Suriname, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Dominica
Group A: Barbados, Cayman Islands, Saint Martin, US Virgin Islands
Group C: Bonaire, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands
Group C: Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Anguilla
Group D: Guadeloupe, Turks & Caicos Islands, Sint Maarten