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Mar 8 17 12:51 AM

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There is a new format to football in the region which hasn’t been fully released by CONCACAF just yet, but there is a new thing called the Nations Cup which is going to be coming out,” he said.

“We are just trying to get the calendar together and the Benna Boys will probably try to do a few friendlies this year as we start getting prepared for that tournament which will actually be next year,” he added.

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Mar 14 17 12:30 AM

It interests me that friendlies are too expensive for Antigua, but St Kitts is able to fly to Europe...

Then again, Antigua's football finances are probably still sufferning from the Warner-croney syphoning.

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Mar 15 17 9:11 PM

nfm24 wrote:
Then again, Antigua's football finances are probably still sufferning from the Warner-croney syphoning.
It depends how closely it ties to their cricket finances...

Back on topic, any clue on what the CONCACAF Nations Cup actually is? Some kind of UEFA Nations League-style tournament perhaps?

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Mar 25 17 3:09 PM

It would seem that way.

"We're looking to establish a league of nations, where we have some consistency for our countries, where they can play on a more consistent basis," Montagliani said.

He added: "A lot of countries struggle getting friendlies, getting competitions. We've got some of our national teams, whether it be in the Caribbean or Central America or even in North America, like with Canada, where rather than playing 40 games in a four-ear period, which is every FIFA date, they play like single digits or 10. You're not gonna grow or develop that way, so this League of Nations concept is for everyone to play on a consistent basis and keep the dream alive to qualify for things like a Gold Cup or obviously a World Cup."

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Mar 26 17 2:19 AM

There did used to be more frequent Caribbean friendlies with European (and beyond) teams visiting, about 15-20 years ago.

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Apr 7 17 1:49 PM

Plans for a new league competition for national teams in North and Central America and the Caribbean are set to be agreed on this weekend, the region's football chief has told Reuters.

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani has been privately sounding out the 41 federations within the region regarding the 'League of Nations' plan, which would effectively eliminate friendlies.

Saturday's CONCACAF congress in Aruba will finalize the structure of the competition, which will include regional powerhouses the United States and Mexico.

The idea is similar to UEFA's plan for a Nations League in Europe, which will replace friendly games and is due to start in September, 2018.

"There has been overwhelming acceptance that it is a great idea and the way we need to go. There are a few formats that we have looked at and we have had various members coming back with ideas. We have a format that we have landed on and we will show it to our members first," Montagliani said in a telephone interview.

The Canadian said once that format had been agreed on then the organization would look to bring in sponsors and broadcast partners.

"We need to look at what needs to happen in the next little bit for us to be able to monetize this and execute it in a timely fashion," he said.

"From a football and technical side for me it is a no-brainer, but now the next evolution is the business side of it. But at the congress we want to finalize the technical side of it."

The new UEFA league means that top teams in CONCACAF will have little or no opportunities for friendly games against European opposition.

"What people need to realize is that the world of friendlies is going to change, with Europe changing to the Nations League, it is going to get harder to get friendlies," said Montagliani who believes that will be no great loss.

"The truth of the matter is that a lot of the friendlies our nations play, including the bigger nations, are a waste of time, let’s be honest, a lot of them are not quality. You are better off playing a game that actually means something (even) against an opponent, that on paper anyway, may not be as good," he said.

CONCACAF is expected to have a three-nation bid to host the 2026 World Cup, involving Mexico, Canada and the United States, and the expansion of that tournament to 48 teams means the region will get six automatic slots in the finals.

"We need to develop our own competition in our region to make everybody better and then you need to do it at club level as well to raise the standards of our professional leagues and the clubs in them. This is the only way that our countries will get better -- it’s not about playing friendlies against England," he said.

Montagliani said all nations in the region, including the U.S. and Mexico, would have to play in the competition.

"Once this is an official competition it is not like you will have a choice to opt-out," he said.


http://www.reuters.com/article/us-soccer-americas-league-idUSKBN1791QA

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Apr 10 17 10:00 PM

Blue Lou wrote:
"The truth of the matter is that a lot of the friendlies our nations play, including the bigger nations, are a waste of time, let’s be honest, a lot of them are not quality. You are better off playing a game that actually means something (even) against an opponent, that on paper anyway, may not be as good," he said.

Hmm.  This is the opposite of the sentiment expressed by some of the European media regarding the competition fixtures e.g. England-Lithuania and Germany-San Marino compared to "prestige friendlies" such as England-Germany.

Then again, the USA or Mexico could field a B team in their CONCACAF League matches against minnows while simultaneously playing friendlies against more commercial opponents.

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