Canada’s year came into focus Sunday with a 4-1 win over French Guiana, as John Herdman’s ranks closed out their CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying campaign with a maximum 12 points from four matches.
The win sealed Canada’s place in the 2019 Gold Cup and in the CONCACAF Nations League’s top tier, known as League A.
Here’s what’s next for Canada:
CONCACAF League A
– Canada’s top six finish in qualifying means they’ve booked a spot in League A — the top tier of the new three-tiered competition.
– The first round of matches in the three-team group stage will take place in September.
– Les Rouges will know their Nations League opponents on Wednesday via a draw in Las Vegas.
– Canada has a chance to win the competition in its first iteration by finishing first in the group and advancing to the competition’s championship, which sees the four League A group winners enter a four-team bracket. The finals will take place in March of 2020.
2019 Gold Cup
– Canada’s spot in the 2019 Gold Cup will be drawn on April 10. John Herdman’s side will be placed in one of the four groups of four, which currently feature Mexico, USA, Costa Rica and Honduras as seeded nations.
– The 2019 edition will feature a record-high 16 teams, up from 12 in 2017.
– March 27: CONCACAF Nations League draw
– April 10: 2019 Gold Cup draw
– June 15-July 7: 2019 Gold Cup
– 2-10 September 2019: Nations League match window (Matchday 1 & Matchday 2)
– 7-15 October 2019: Nations League match window (Matchday 3 & Matchday 4)
– 11-19 November 2019: Nations League match window (Matchday 5 & Matchday 6)