This Monday, the groups were drawn for the next Concacaf Gold Cup, which is set to be held in 2021. 12 teams will have to get through the preliminary stage to fill the final three group stage spots. Qatar is the guest for this edition.
The participants for the 2021 Gold Cup now know who will be in their groups at next year’s tournament. The draw followed COVID-19 protocols.
Only those responsible for taking the balls out of the drums and the presenters were present for the draw, while national team representatives watched from home.
Firstly, the preliminary rounds were finalised, which sides with the lowest rankings must compete in to secure a place in the group stage.
So, the match-ups for the preliminary stages are as follows:
Your Gold Cup 2021 Groups are set! 🏆
— Gold Cup (@GoldCup) September 29, 2020
Matchup #1: Haiti vs St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Matchup #2: Guatemala vs Guyana
Matchup #3: Trinidad and Tobago vs Monserrat
Matchup #4: Cuba vs French Guiana
Matchup #5: Guadeloupe vs Bahamas
Matchup #6: Bermuda vs Barbados
Matchup #7: Winner Matchup #1 vs Winner Matchup #6
Matchup #8: Winner Matchup #2 vs Winner Matchup #5
Matchup #9: Winner Matchup #3 vs Winner Matchup #4
Of these 12 teams, only three will remain. They will qualify for the group stage that was also drawn on Monday and is as follows:
Group A: Mexico, El Salvador, Curacao and Winner Prelims 9
Group B: USA, Canada, Martinique and Winner Prelims 7
Group C: Costa Rica, Jamaica, Suriname and Winner Prelims 8
Group D: Honduras, Panama, Grenada and Qatar.