The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) has confirmed the schedule, kick off times and venues for the inaugural matches of the CONCACAF Nations League qualifying phase, which will take place during the September 2018 FIFA Match window.
The official draw, which determined the matchups for the CONCACAF Nations League qualifying phase was conducted on March 7, 2018 following the launch of the CONCACAF Nations League in Miami, FL. Prior to the draw, a computerized master schedule was produced for the one-off qualifying phase. The computer model ensured that no two teams will face each other more than once and that each team will play two home and two away matches.
Following all 68 matches of the CONCACAF Nations League qualifying phase, to be played in September, October, and November 2018, and March 2019, the total points for each team will be compiled into an aggregate table, ranking the participating teams from 1-34 based on their on-field results. The final standings of the qualifying phase will determine how teams are placed into Leagues A, B and C for the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League Group Phase, set to kick off in September 2019.
Additionally, the top ten ranked countries of the Nations League qualifying final table will qualify automatically into the expanded edition of the 2019 Gold Cup, joining the six previously qualified teams that participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hexagonal, for a total of 16 participating Gold Cup nations.
The CONCACAF Nations League is a new centralised men’s national team competition representing a new era of national team football for CONCACAF Member Associations.