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2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« on: March 09, 2018, 06:05:40 AM »
Soca Warriors qualify automatically for 2019 Gold Cup as CONCACAF unveils new format.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


The Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team has qualified for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup without kicking a ball owing to the Confederation’s new Nations League format, which was unveiled today.

All six nations from the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Hex series were granted automatic berths for the next Gold Cup alongside a further 10 teams from a one-off Nations League qualifying phase, which runs from September 2018 to March 2019.

The Soca Warriors failed to qualify for the 2017 Gold Cup but made it to the Hex under former head coach Stephen Hart. And that feat means Trinidad and Tobago will start competitive life in the new CONCACAF at the next Gold Cup in mid-2019 and as a “League A” football outfit in the inaugural Nations League, which starts in September 2019.

The other five automatic 2019 Gold Cup qualifiers are Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras and the United States.

CONCACAF’s remaining 34 nations, which include Jamaica, Canada, Haiti, Curaçao, El Salvador and Guyana, will compete in a qualifying series from September 2018 that determines the other Gold Cup participants as well as the members of three tiers of the Nations League.

League A comprises 12 teams while there will be 16 and 12 outfits in League B and C respectively—at present, Guatemala is serving an international suspension from FIFA.

Once the members of League A are decided, all 12 nations—Trinidad and Tobago included—will be divided into four groups of three teams each. The four group winners will advance to the semifinal round to contest the Nations League trophy while the table-proppers will be relegated to League B.

League B comprises four groups with four teams each with the group winners earning automatic promotion to CONCACAF’s top tier while the losers are demoted to League C.

The rationale behind the Nations League is the desire to ensure more meaningful games for the Confederation’s teams as well as to offer increased playing time for minnows who are often eliminated early from the various CONCACAF competitions. However, it also makes Caribbean Cup tournaments redundant and it is uncertain whether the CFU will try to stage its own regional competition for bragging rights between April and August.

The format unveiled today is a slight departure from CONCACAF’s preliminary proposal of eight teams in the top tier with 12 and 15 in the second and the third tiers respectively.

Wired868 understands that CONCACAF initially planned to share its three guaranteed World Cup spots between the League A’s four group winners while the half spot would either go to the League B champions or be contested between them and League A’s fourth-placed team.

However, the Confederation has not confirmed what format will be used to determine its qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and could even revert to the former scenario, including the Hex. The Qatar tournament will be the last World Cup involving 32 teams as FIFA voted to expand the 2026 competition to 48 nations.

Trinidad and Tobago’s last competitive match was on 10 October, 2017 when the Warriors stunned USA 2-1 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. And, when they do return to the playing field at the 2019 Gold Cup, coach Dennis Lawrence’s men will have gone 20 months without a competition match.

Since last October, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) arranged two home matches against Grenada and Guyana—both were drawn—while the Warriors are in action again this month when they play away to Guadeloupe and Martinique.

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T&T seeded in League A of newly launched Concacaf Nations League
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By virtue of having qualified for the Hexagonal Round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Russia 2018, Trinidad and Tobago along with Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, and the United States  have earned the right to be seeded directly into League A, and therefore will not participate in Nations League Qualifying.

This was disclosed at CONCACAF today  announced the details and structure of the Concacaf Nations League, a new centralized men’s national team competition representing a new era of national team football for Concacaf Member Associations.

The Concacaf Nations League begins in September with a one-off qualifying phase, while the group phase, consisting of three tiered leagues will kick off in 2019. The top league will end with a Final to crown the Nations League champion, and the competition will also serve to unify the qualifying path for the region’s national teams to the newly expanded Gold Cup.

The inaugural Concacaf Nations League competition will be played in the official FIFA match windows in September, October and November, 2019 with a Final Championship to be played in March 2020. All eligible Concacaf Member Associations will be assigned by sporting performance into three leagues: A, B and C.

League A of which T&T has been placed in, will contain four groups of three teams. The winners of each League A group will qualify to the Concacaf Nations League Final Championship, which will determine the champion of the new competition. The teams at the bottom of each League A group will be relegated to League B for the next edition of the tournament.

Trinidad and Tobago head coach Dennis Lawrence, in an immediate reaction, spoke about this development.

“It’s a massive tournament and a very important one of that for the region and it is one I am sure everyone is very excited about. As for us a country, it’s good that we are into League A as one of the teams which made it to the Hex. It puts us into a position where there’s a bit more time for planning and preparation to ensure we are adequately ready for our first point of action in the competition and one which I am sure we will be eagerly awaiting and prepared to enter,” Lawrence told TTFA Media. “It’s a great step for us and we’ll definitely be focusing on making it all the way through and participating in the next Gold Cup especially as we missed out on the last competition,” he added.

TTFA President Daviid John-Williams and General Secretary Justin Latapy-George both attended Wednesday’s launch and draw in Miami.

Concacaf President Victor Montagliani spoke about the competition creating greater opportunities for member associations.

“The launch of the Concacaf Nations League, conceived over the last two years and guided by the ONE Concacaf principles of unity and access for our region’s football, is the defining moment marking the completion of our transition into a new era for our 41-member Concacaf family,” said Montagliani. “The Nations League assures that all our members will have the opportunity to play more and compete more, which in turn will propel greater development of the sport at every level.”

Each league will be sub-divided into groups, in which the participating Member Associations will compete in a home-and-away, round-robin format over the course of the group phase. Nations League scheduling will be centralized in a fan-friendly, evenly distributed “week of football” format, allowing viewers across the region to enjoy quality international football matches at a variety of kickoff times, each day for the entire match window.

How the Concacaf Nations League Works – Watch the Video!

League B will contain four groups of four teams. The winner of each League B group will be promoted to League A, and the bottom team of each League B group will be relegated to League C for the next edition. League C will consist of the remaining MAs divided into four groups. The winner of each League C group will be promoted to League B.

The first edition of the Concacaf Nations League will begin with a one-off Concacaf Nations League Qualifying phase, which will determine which teams are assigned to each league. By virtue of having qualified for the Hexagonal Round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Russia 2018, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, the United States and Trinidad & Tobago have earned the right to be seeded directly into League A, and therefore will not participate in Nations League Qualifying.  In view of the on-going suspension imposed by FIFA, Guatemala will not be able to participate in CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying.

Watch the Nations League Qualifiers Video

The draw for Nations League Qualifying, which was also held Wednesday in Miami, has sorted the 34 Participating Member Associations into 68 total fixtures, to be played on FIFA match dates from September 2018 through March 2019.  For the up-to-date draw results, please visit www.Concacaf.com.

The results of Nations League 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. The table will be used to divide teams into Leagues A, B and C for the first full edition of the Concacaf Nations League. The top six teams from the aggregate table will join the six World Cup Qualifying Hexagonal Round participants in League A, the next 16 teams will qualify for League B, and the remaining teams will be assigned to League C.

The top ten finishers in the Nations League Qualifying final table will also join the six World Cup Hexagonal Round nations in the 2019 Gold Cup, ]which has recently been expanded to 16 teams, providing additional access to top-level football for more of Concacaf’s Member Associations.

The Concacaf Nations League is an on-the-field extension of Concacaf’s new image and brand architecture, which was also launched Wednesday, framing the Confederation’s efforts around the core ONE Concacaf vision of developing and stewarding the game on the pillars of Unity, Access, Football and Quality. In that spirit, the Nations League will provide greatly expanded access for Concacaf’s Member Associations to international football, enhancing the development of football across the region at all levels.

“The new brand image cements our unified philosophy of ONE Concacaf, and the Nations League brings that philosophy to life on the field of play, promising a brighter future in football for all our Member Associations and the players and fans they represent.”

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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2018, 06:20:52 AM »
With this new Nations League I am assuming national teams especially CFU and Central America will be give extra FIFA/CONCACAF money to compete?

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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2018, 02:00:19 AM »
Gold Cup 2019 coming to the Caribbean.
By Stephon Nicholas (Newsday).


THE CONCACAF Gold Cup is coming to the Caribbean for the very first time in 2019. The announcement was made by CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani who expressed pride in the hosting of an expanded competition. The tournament, which T&T have already qualified for, will see matches held in the US, Central America and Caribbean. The first-ever 16-team Gold Cup has been hailed as a historic moment for the region by Montagliani who is pleased to bring the Gold Cup to all corners of CONCACAF.

“The venues selected thus far offer a mix of soccer history as well as a taste of the future of the sport in the U.S., and we are excited to work with the local host committees to bring the game to fans all over the U.S. With the upcoming selection of additional venues in the Caribbean and Central America, the Gold Cup becomes a regional event on even more levels, as CONCACAF continues to focus on making football accessible to more teams, players and fans,” he said.

The news was greeted with cautious optimism yesterday by TT Football Association (TTFA) President David-John Williams who is still recovering from a fall recently. When told of the new development, John-Williams declared, “It is an interesting prospect.”

Wayne Cunningham, Media Officer of TTFA, was also unaware of the changes in the structure of the Gold Cup but was extremely excited to hear matches will be held in the Caribbean.

“It will be a welcome thing for the region. The regional will finally get a taste of big football,” he said.

Cunningham, formerly head of the Eastern Football Association (EFA), said he has been to three Gold Cups in the past and was impressed with the organisation of the tournament.

With T&T and Jamaica viewed as the leading football countries in the Caribbean, Cunningham is keen to see which Caribbean nations are selected to host matches.

He said Caribbean fans will get to see their top players live competing at the highest level.

“It will be good for teams because for the Gold Cup you get your international players released from their clubs and they will get the chance to play in front their home crowd. You only get that for World Cup qualifiers (every four years) and on a FIFA international window but we still get trouble to get our best teams on those days,” he said.

Six teams have already qualified for the Gold Cup by virtue of reaching the hexagonal stage of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers – T&T, USA, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras. The other 10 will qualify through the new CONCACAF Nations League.

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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2018, 02:06:52 PM »
Ah feel we go hit a record this Gold Cup.

Last place I feeling.

Who taking bets?

We have no striker.

We have a 34 year old keeper who we cant even use come next world cup qualifiers.

We no calling some decent youths who playing in better league than de Pro League. Creg Ramjitsingh, Noah Powder, Elias Roubos, Ryan Telfer, Omar Rostant, Coby and Conor Mc Gregor.

We could at least take a look at time.

Dennis too dam stubborn, if he could give SSFL players a look, he could more than give these fellas a look.

Thanks to Stephen Hart we qualify for a next Gold Cup.

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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2018, 04:26:58 PM »
Ah feel we go hit a record this Gold Cup.

Last place I feeling.

Who taking bets?

We have no striker.

We have a 34 year old keeper who we cant even use come next world cup qualifiers.

We no calling some decent youths who playing in better league than de Pro League. Creg Ramjitsingh, Noah Powder, Elias Roubos, Ryan Telfer, Omar Rostant, Coby and Conor Mc Gregor.

We could at least take a look at time.

Dennis too dam stubborn, if he could give SSFL players a look, he could more than give these fellas a look.

Thanks to Stephen Hart we qualify for a next Gold Cup.

Second that emotion  ;D

Wahappen tuh Powder? Is he struggling with form? He is/was a solid fundamental player
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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2018, 04:49:14 PM »
Ah feel we go hit a record this Gold Cup.

Last place I feeling.

Who taking bets?

We have no striker.

We have a 34 year old keeper who we cant even use come next world cup qualifiers.

We no calling some decent youths who playing in better league than de Pro League. Creg Ramjitsingh, Noah Powder, Elias Roubos, Ryan Telfer, Omar Rostant, Coby and Conor Mc Gregor.

We could at least take a look at time.

Dennis too dam stubborn, if he could give SSFL players a look, he could more than give these fellas a look.

Thanks to Stephen Hart we qualify for a next Gold Cup.



How they get a UFC man to play football and switch allegiancies from Ireland to TT? :rotfl: Is that the right name?

I hoping for the better. Hopefully DJW is ousted by then.

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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2018, 08:03:25 PM »
Ah feel we go hit a record this Gold Cup.

Last place I feeling.

Who taking bets?

We have no striker.

We have a 34 year old keeper who we cant even use come next world cup qualifiers.

We no calling some decent youths who playing in better league than de Pro League. Creg Ramjitsingh, Noah Powder, Elias Roubos, Ryan Telfer, Omar Rostant, Coby and Conor Mc Gregor.

We could at least take a look at time.

Dennis too dam stubborn, if he could give SSFL players a look, he could more than give these fellas a look.

Thanks to Stephen Hart we qualify for a next Gold Cup.



How they get a UFC man to play football and switch allegiancies from Ireland to TT? :rotfl: Is that the right name?

I hoping for the better. Hopefully DJW is ousted by then.
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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2018, 01:32:51 AM »
Concacaf Announces Costa Rica as Host Country for the 2019 Gold Cup
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The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) today announced that the Estadio Nacional, in San Jose, Costa Rica will host a Concacaf Gold Cup doubleheader, featuring the home nation, on Sunday, June 16, 2019. This will be the first time in the tournament’s 15 editions that matches are played in Central America. The two matches will kick-off the action for Group B.

Next summer’s expanded Gold Cup, set to kick off on Saturday, June 15, will be the largest Gold Cup in history. Alongside the group stage doubleheader in Costa Rica, 15 U.S. metropolitan areas and one yet-to-be-announced Caribbean venue will welcome the 2019 edition of the tournament.

“We are very proud to bring the Concacaf Gold Cup to Costa Rica, where fans have shown great excitement, passion and love for our game,” said Concacaf President Victor Montagliani. “By hosting our premier competition in Central America, we are achieving a core principle of our ONE Concacaf Vision, which is to increase access to the game, develop football and ensuring our fans experience the highest quality of football in the region.”

“It’s an honor for the Costa Rican Football Federation to have the confidence and support of Concacaf to host a Gold Cup group stage doubleheader in Costa Rica,” said Concacaf Council Vice President and Fedefutbol President Rodolfo Villalobos. “This announcement is part of our efforts to transform the Federation into a highly professional entity and a benchmark at the regional level. It is part of the constant and planned efforts to grow our football. We also celebrate the opportunity Costa Ricans will have to enjoy the Gold Cup at home for the first time in its history.”

The Estadio Nacional, known as "The Jewel" of La Sabana, for its allusive and modern architecture, was inaugurated on March 26, 2011. The stadium has hosted many international events, including the 2014 FIFA Women's U-17 World Cup, matches of the national team of Costa Rica and athletic events.

The venues and dates for the 2019 Gold Cup seeded nations are available here. The complete group and schedule will be announced next year, once all nations have qualified for the Gold Cup via the Concacaf Nations League Qualifier, with the final round taking place March of 2019. To date, six of the 16 national teams scheduled to participate have qualified for next year’s tournament, those being the countries that participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hexagonal qualifier round: Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.

Tickets to the Gold Cup doubleheader in Costa Rica will go on sale on Friday, December 7 via www.specialticket.net and its service points throughout Costa Rica.

Tickets for all other Gold Cup matches in the U.S. are available by visiting www.GoldCup.org or calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Fans can also contact their specific venue or visit venue websites for box office hours and information.

The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company, Cerveza Modelo, Nike, Scotiabank, and Toyota. The tournament will be broadcast nationally on the Univision and FOX family of networks and transmitted on radio in Spanish by Fútbol de Primera Radio Network, and broadcast by television partners in countries around the world.

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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2018, 01:40:20 AM »
United States names Berhalter as Head Coach
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On Sunday, the United States Soccer Federation announced the hiring of Gregg Berhalter as its new Head Coach.

Berhalter takes over for interim coach Dave Sarachan after spending the previous five years at the helm of the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer.

“We are excited to announce Gregg as the next head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team,” said USSF President Carlos Cordeiro in a statement.

“As an experienced former National Team player and highly regarded professional coach, we are confident he is the best person to guide our program forward. We are looking forward to formally introducing him on Tuesday in New York,” added Cordeiro.

Berhalter’s first major tournament in charge of the U.S. will be the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup in which the U.S. will seek to repeat as champions after lifting the trophy in the 2017 edition.

The United States will participate in Group D and play its three group stages matches in Saint Paul, Minnesota on June 18, Cleveland, Ohio on June 22 and finishing in Kansas City, Kansas on June 26.

The U.S. is a six-time champion of the Gold Cup, second all-time to Mexico’s seven titles.

As a player, Berhalter earned 44 caps and was a member of the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup teams for the U.S.

"This is a tremendous honor,” Berhalter said in a statement. “Having played for the National Team I know what it means to represent our country.  I believe in our players and our program, and together we will work to build something special and develop a team that will make our supporters proud.”


U.S. Soccer Hires Gregg Berhalter as Coach of National Team
By Andrew Das, The New York Times


The worst-kept secret in American soccer is now official: Gregg Berhalter will be the next coach of the United States men’s national team.

Berhalter, who will leave the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer after five seasons, was the handpicked choice of the national team’s new general manager, Earnie Stewart. But his hiring did not become a done deal until U.S. Soccer’s board of directors approved his contract in a conference call. That call took place Saturday, according to a person familiar with the decision.

The 45-year-old Berhalter, a former defender who represented the United States on two World Cup teams, is expected to be introduced as the national team coach on Tuesday in New York.

His hiring, rumored for months and reported as agreed upon as early as Nov. 23, ends a remarkably slow-moving search that began with the team’s World Cup qualifying humiliation in Couva, Trinidad, nearly 14 months ago. In the interregnum, U.S. Soccer endured a bitter campaign to elect a new president, won the rights to co-host the 2026 World Cup and watched the 2018 tournament in Russia from afar.

It has also seen the men’s team drift through a dozen games under a caretaker coach, Dave Sarachan, while Stewart — hired as general manager in June and on the job only since Aug. 1 — began the long-delayed search for Bruce Arena’s permanent replacement.

Stewart made few comments on the coaches he was speaking with — his initial working list included almost three dozen names, including some who were suggested to him and others who sought him out to offer their services — and in his rare comments to reporters set a curiously high bar for what he considered a formal interview for the position. But after narrowing the official list twice, Stewart cast his lot with Berhalter, a former teammate.

Berhalter’s contract is expected to carry him through a four-year World Cup cycle that he, his new players and — most important — the federation hope will end in a redemptive appearance by the United States at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

While the end of the team’s leadership vacuum will come as a relief for U.S. Soccer, the plodding pace of the search — a persistent frustration for fans over the past year — was not its finest hour. In recent weeks, the frustration about the team even began to bubble up from inside the locker room. Christian Pulisic, the team’s brightest star, strongly hinted after a game in London last month that the team needed some direction after more than a year under Sarachan, a longtime Arena assistant but never a serious candidate for the permanent post.

“We definitely want a permanent head coach,” Pulisic said, “someone who has a plan and someone who has a great idea of how we want to play moving forward.”

Berhalter, whose Columbus team was eliminated from the M.L.S. playoffs weeks ago, should hit the ground running. He has kept journals about tactics, but also his personal successes and failures, since his playing days in the Dutch league, and his Columbus teams — short on star power but long on preparation and organization — earned a reputation for punching above their weight in M.L.S.

The decision to give him the national team job will do little to appease critics of U.S. Soccer’s insider culture (Berhalter’s older brother Jay is U.S. Soccer’s chief commercial officer) or its outreach efforts to the country’s large Hispanic soccer community, which has often felt its contributions — and its players — have been marginalized by the federation.

But Berhalter’s credentials appealed to the one person who mattered most: Stewart. Berhalter represented clubs in the Netherlands, England and Germany during a long playing career, and made more than 40 appearances for the United States senior team — including two starts in the knockout stage of the 2002 World Cup. He earned his coaching licenses while playing in Europe and cut his teeth in an 18-month stint leading Hammarby in Sweden. Fired for fielding teams that were deemed “too defensive,” he returned to M.L.S. — where he had won a league title as a player, under Arena in Los Angeles — to lead Columbus to the playoffs in four of his five seasons in charge.

Berhalter’s first look at the United States team will come in its annual January training camp, which most likely will take place without most of the squad’s European pros. (The January dates are not on the official FIFA calendar, meaning clubs are not required to release their players for them.) That camp will be more than 16 months after the team’s stunning loss to Trinidad and Tobago in World Cup qualifying shook U.S. Soccer to its core.

The 2022 World Cup qualifying cycle is expected to begin next fall. By then, U.S. Soccer hopes, Berhalter and his players will be positioned at last to try to return the country to soccer’s biggest stage.

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Re: 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2019, 01:33:37 AM »
U.S. Soccer boss Carlos Cordeiro: No decision on Gold Cup after 2021.
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United States Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro said that no decision has been made on if the Gold Cup will continue after 2021.

"The Gold Cup is only legislated for this year and 2021, so it could go on but it may not happen," he said, according to The Athletic.

The tournament that pits CONCACAF nations -- composed of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean -- against each other every two years. The United States is primarily hosting the 2019 edition this summer in 15 venues across the country, with two group-stage matches being played in Costa Rica. The U.S. has served as host or co-host for the tournament since the current format was implemented in 1991.

Cordeiro said there have been discussion about the North American countries joining their South American counterparts in a tournament.

"There have been talks in the last year between CONMEBOL and CONCACAF on a kind of combined Copa America," he said, "but they haven't been able to come to an agreement on that."

In 2016, CONMEBOL -- South America's 10-nation federation -- invited four North American teams (the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Jamaica) in one-time version to celebrate the Copa America's centennial anniversary. The U.S. played host, with Chile beating Argentina in the final at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The 2019 Copa America -- hosted by Brazil and with invited guests Qatar and Japan -- will largely coincide with the Gold Cup.

Cordeiro also said the FIFA Confederations Cup is "done and over with." That tournament takes place one year before each World Cup as a test-run of sorts for the host nation, with the contentinental champions and defending World Cup holder participating.

"In place of Confederations Cup there will be intracontinental playoffs to get to that 48-team [World Cup]," Cordeiro said.

FIFA is yet to decide whether the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will expand to 48 teams. But Cordeiro thinks the Arab country will be hard-pressed to host that many sides.

"Qatar has accepted that they don't have the facilities," Cordeiro said. "They have eight stadiums, but that's not enough to run a 48-team tournament."

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