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The 15th edition of the Gold Cup begins in a couple of months. Earlier this week, the draw was announced for the 16-team tournament in the CONCACAF region. This is the first time the Gold Cup will sport a 16-team field. The previous 14 tournaments only had 12 nations participating (10 from CONCACAF and 2 guest countries were involved in 7 Gold Cup tournaments). Here are the groups, dates, and sites for the games.

Each group stage contest will be part of a double-header. The quarterfinal round will also feature two games on the same day at two different sites. The semi-final and championship will be at separate locations, and there will be no third place match.

Group A---Canada, Cuba, Martinique, Mexico
This group kicks off the 2019 action at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on June 15. Canada and Martinique hook up in the first match, followed by Cuba vs. Mexico.
Four days later, the teams square off in Denver, Colorado at Mile High Stadium as Martinique meets Cuba and Mexico and Canada duel after that. On the 23rd, the group wraps up in Charlotte, North Carolina's Bank of America Stadium where Canada and Cuba play in the first contest, followed by Mexico vs. Martinique.

Group B---Bermuda, Costa Rica, Haiti, Nicaragua
This group stage begins on June 16 at the National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. Haiti and Bermuda hook up in the first match, followed by Costa Rica facing neighboring Nicaragua. On the 20th, the second round of this group shifts to Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (north of Dallas). The first match sees Nicaragua take on Haiti, followed by Bermuda against Costa Rica. The final group stage contests will be played on June 24 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Bermuda and Nicaragua square off in the first game, followed by Costa Rica vs. Haiti in the nightcap.

Group C---Curacao, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica
June 17 marks the start to this group, with the first gameday set for Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica. El Salvador and Curacao meet in the first contest, followed by a heavyweight match between Honduras and Jamaica. On June 21, group play continues at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas with Jamaica and El Salvador playing the first game, followed by Curacao vs. Honduras. The last group stage games are set for June 25. Jamaica and Curacao meet in the first game, followed by old rivals El Salvador vs. Honduras in the second contest. These games will be played at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

Group D---Guyana, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
This group kicks off on June 18th with a bang. Panama meets Trinidad & Tobago first, followed by USA vs. Guyana as the venue Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota gets its first taste of international soccer (stadium opens officially on April 13th and is home to MLS team Minnesota United). The second match day on June 22 at First Energy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio pits Guyana against Panama followed by T & T vs. USA. At Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, the group concludes on June 26 with T & T meeting Guyana, followed by USA vs. Panama.

Quarterfinals are set for June 29 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and June 30 at Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

July 2 will mark one of the semi-finals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (suburb of Phoenix). The other semi-final is on July 3 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.

The championship match will be hosted by Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois on July 7.

Mexico have won the most Gold Cups (7), followed by the United States (6). Canada has 1 title. Defending cup holders are USA. Interesting to note that despite the dominance by Mexico and the United States in this competition, the two sides have not met for the title since 2011. USA won 2 of the last 3 Gold Cups by beating Panama in 2013, 1-0. Mexico then beat Jamaica for the title in 2015, 3-1. USA topped Jamaica 2-1 in 2017 to win the championship.

For the second time, matches will be held outside the United States, as games will be played in San Jose and Kingston. Two years ago, a couple of groups kicked off in Mexico and Canada. Many people question why the United States always hosts the Gold Cup. The simple answer is money. This tournament is the biggest money-maker for CONCACAF and subsequently, some of the proceeds trickle down to the 41-member confederation (36 of which are FIFA members). Money is also the reason why the Gold Cup is contested every 2 years instead of 4. CONCACAF is loaded with minnows who don't mind playing so frequently as it can help improve their national teams. For the more powerful, accomplished teams in the region, playing against weaker teams doesn't seem to help them in the long run (as some purists think). It isn't all about winning as it is being competitive. In 2017, Curacao got knocked out in the group stage after losing all 3 matches by a total of 6 goals to nil, yet people who watched the team play came away impressed. CUW was well organized and played very well on both sides of the ball. They hit the woodwork enough times in their losses that their results could have been completely different with a break here or there.

Of the 16 participants, 11 of them played in 2017 (exception this year is French Guiana). The 5 additional teams this year include 'old hands' Cuba, Haiti, and Trinidad & Tobago who have participated in this tournament before. Bermuda and Guyana will be making their Gold Cup debuts.


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Correction - It is 35 full FIFA members, and six others.

The six are Bonaire and Sint Maarten (Dutch), Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guyana and Saint Martin (French)

I visited five of these in November/December (not French Guyana) although with no suitable playing surface (due to hurricane damage) I did not see a "countable" game in Saint Martin.


All of them would like to join FIFA, but apart from anything else, they need the approval of their current parent association and the French are not forthcoming on this.


For the two Dutch associations, there is still the problem that FIFA now seems to demand a "country" has football facilities, before it joins FIFA and can apply for grants to get these facilities. This is also a problem that dogs truly independent nations trying to get into FIFA (like Tuvalu).



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So you don't have to trawl through whole post.

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This tournament is the biggest money-maker for CONCACAF and subsequently, some of the proceeds trickle down to the 41-member confederation (36 of which are FIFA members).

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Correction - It is 35 full FIFA members, and six others.

The six are Bonaire and Sint Maarten (Dutch), Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guyana and Saint Martin (French)

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Thanks for the correction, Leo. Bonaire always messes me up. I thought they were part of the former Netherlands Antilles FIFA member, but that moniker died when Aruba and Curacao decided to compete as separate nations.

I like seeing off-the-beaten-path CONCACAF teams in the Gold Cup. Even though their chances of success in the tournament are slim to none, it's nice to see the lesser teams get their opportunity.


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Bonaire always messes me up. I thought they were part of the former Netherlands Antilles FIFA member, but that moniker died when Aruba and Curacao decided to compete as separate nations.


The Netherlands Antilles was dissolved in 2010. Aruba had already been a separate constituent country within the Kingdom of The Netherlands since 1986, whilst Curacao and Sint Maarten also became constituent countries in 2010. However, the three smaller islands of Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius in principle became part of The Netherlands proper, although they're now collectively known as the Caribbean Netherlands.

I'd guess Curacao (as the biggest island) assumed the membership of the former Netherlands Antilles so got grandfathered into FIFA competitions. However, it would seem that the way for any more dependent territories to join FIFA is currently barred.


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And also the IOC.

When the Netherlands Antilles was disbanded, their National Olympic Committee was also disbanded, and as the IOC have a similar procedure about only allowing independent states to join now, no successor organisation was allowed to join.

Three athletes had already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games before the dissolution, these three (in athletics, sailing and judo) were allowed to take part as part of the Independent Olympic Athletes grouping under the Olympic flag, along with a South Sudanese athlete because the newly independent state didn't have a NOC at the time.

 
 


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