Barbadians will join fans across the globe and by Tuesday will know where their respective teams fall in the run-up to the Group Stage of the first-ever Concacaf Gold Cup.
Concacaf made the announcement yesterday from its headquarters in Miami, Florida. The live draw is set to be conducted Concacaf Director of Competitions, Carlos Fernandez, alongside former Honduras national team star Wilson Palacios.
Meanwhile, the Preliminary Round will be drawn by Concacaf’s Director of Development and former Grenada international star Jason Roberts.
Gold Cup Prelims Draw
The draw for the Prelims will include the 12 national teams which earned a place in the Gold Cup Qualifiers through their performances in last year’s Concacaf Nations League group stage. This includes the bottom-placed finishers in League A groups, the runners-up in League B groups, and the winners of League C groups.
The top six teams based on the Concacaf Ranking, as of August 2020, will be pre-seeded into match-ups one through six, and the next six will be drawn from a single pot.
After direct elimination play over three match-days, between July 2 through July 6, 2021, the 12 teams will be reduced to a final three who would qualify for the Gold Cup Group Stage.
Pre-seeded teams: Haiti, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Guadeloupe and Bermuda
Pot 1: French Guiana, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Montserrat, and Bahamas
Gold Cup Group Stage Draw
The draw for the Group Stage comprises the 12 national teams which qualified directly through their performances in the Concacaf Nations League group stage. They include the League A group winners and runners-up, and the League B group winners. Additionally, the AFC Asian Cup Champions, Qatar, will compete as a guest participant.
The teams will be split into four pots based on the Concacaf Rankings and drawn into one of Groups A, B, C or D.
As the identity of the three qualifying teams through the Gold Cup Prelims will not be known until July 6th, 2021, for the purposes of the draw there will be three spheres labelled Prelims winners.
The top four ranked nations (Pot 1) will be seeded based on the Concacaf Ranking, with the current Gold Cup Champions Mexico heading Group A, USA Group B, Costa Rica Group C and Honduras Group D.
The remaining competing teams will be distributed in Pots 2, 3 and 4 based on their ranking. The guest team, Qatar, will be pre-drawn into the group which begins play on the latest date (Group D) as the team will also compete in the Copa America which concludes in early July.