Vincy Heat drawn against Central American powerhouse in new Nations League

The draw as it took place. Jason Roberts is at the far right

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — St Vincent and the Grenadines have been drawn against Nicaragua, French Guiana, Turk and Caicos Islands, and Bonaire, in the qualifying stages of the CONCACAF Nations League.

It is a newly formed tournament, designed specifically for member nations of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

The draw was held in Miami on March 7, 2018, with 34 member nations given four games each, spread across four separate match dates, all hoping to earn a place at the first full edition of the Nations League.

Vincy Heat will play two fixtures at home: Nicaragua on match date one, and Bonaire on match date four.

The two away fixtures will be French Guiana on match date two, and the Turk and Caicos Islands on match date three.

This one-off qualifying phase will kick off in September, concluding in March 2019.

The results of qualifying will be compiled into an aggregate table, ranking the participating teams 1-34 based on points earned, goal difference, and a series of additional tie breakers.

That table will be used to divide teams into Leagues A, B and C for the first full edition of the Nations League, starting in September 2019.

The top six teams from the aggregate table will join the six countries who played in the 2018 World Cup qualifying Hexagonal round – Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, USA, and Trinidad and Tobago – in League A.

The next 16 teams will feature in League B, while the remaining sides will qualify for League C.

The Nations League will now serve as the region’s Gold Cup qualifying system, with the top ten finishers in Nations League qualifying joining the six World Cup qualifying Hexagonal round nations at next year’s Gold Cup, which has now been expanded to a total of 16 countries.



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