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Haiti - Football : CONCACAF launches the League of Nations
07/03/2018 10:40:41

Haiti - Football : CONCACAF launches the League of Nations
Since Monday all football leaders of the Confederation of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) converge on Florida where four days of meetings await them for big changes in the competitions of the zone.

In order to raise the level of the game in the zone and bring it closer to that of the powerful confederations of Europe, UEFA, Concacaf launches this year the League of Nations whose objective is to put an end to the disparity of activities between the 41 national teams that make up the confederation against the powerful federations such as Mexico, the USA, Costa Rica, among others, who play at least 8 to 10 matches per season while the majority only play 2 to 3 matches every two to four years at World Cup or Gold Cup playoffs, because they are not solicited in FIFA windows. A situation detrimental to all football in the Confederation.

By giving the opportunity to all countries to play, the gap will be reduced and everyone will benefit, better, the CONCACAF is aware of having among its members very rich countries, even the richest of the world which brings the largest contribution in terms of sponsors. By pooling these resources into unique packages, more money will come to support members who can not generate them individually. This League of Nations, will give all the Federations the opportunity to play at least 4 times a year and thus to progress.

The League of Nations will begin in September and will play its matches in the windows of FIFA and to avoid unbalanced matches the member countries of CONCACAF will be divided into 3 divisions A, B and C. Group A is supposed to bring together the strongest nations and the team will be chosen according to a Concacaf-specific ranking based on the results achieved by national teams since 1990, as not all member countries are members of FIFA.

This Wednesday, the suspense is to know which football team will be in division A, B or C. If the ranking was based on that of FIFA Haiti would have been assured to be in division 1 (Group A) but in a ranking Concacaf is more uncertain, because by entering the results since 1990 Haiti is likely to be misclassified, because between 1990 and 2000 Haiti was at the tail of football International.

This Wednesday in the draw we will know where we are classified. But whether Haiti is in Group A or B, our Grenadiers will have to work hard to stay at a higher level and be fighting so as not to be relegated, because their future ranking will also depend on their qualification for the 2019 Gold Cup, eventually the possible continental Copa 2020 (Copa america) and the 2022 World Cup.

In addition to the quality of the players, the conditions of eligibility are strict to evolve in the Group A requiring a modern stadium, HD lighting and also minimum capacity of reception of the stadium in spectators, hotels, planes, medical services etc... The problem, it is that Haiti is the only potential country of the groups A and B to have difficulties to answer all these criteria with the exception of the quality of our players. A huge challenge for our country that has the potential and does great things when it has financial resources but in the absence of these resources, is too often unable to meet or even train properly its players.

BF/ HaitiLibre

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