12 September 2020

Refreshment announced for Gold Cup 2021 event

Because the virus have made a real mess in the whole world and therefore all competitions were postponed for better times, the North American and Caribbean confederation have announced some changes to its major team tournament. On 02 September they have introduced a refreshment (or having more games) of the Gold Cup which will start earlier than was expected of next year.
With seeing no other option of when to play (because the epidemiological situation is still a little bit risky in the region), the organizers were practically forced to add more matches before the main event. Thus instead of 10 July, now the official beginning of the competition (as a warm up) will be on 02 July, where for four days 12 teams are going to battle it out to made it at the group stage: for the three remaining places at the major competition Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cuba, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Montserrat, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines together with Trinidad and Tobago, are going to compete in a single elimination match.
Also it is known that one intercontinental visitor will take part in the tournament. The Asian champion Qatar is going to appear for the first time at the edition number 16 (as part of the cooperation signed by the two confederations in May 2017 for boosting football on these two continents). Saying this, the Middle East country will participate at the competition in 2023 too.
But for the this year in the end the all important information is known as well: of when the draws will be. Both of them: for the preliminary stage (02 - 06 July 2021) plus for the major tournament (10 July - 01 August 2021) are going to be performed on the last Monday of this month (28 September).


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