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Team 758 to Compete in Group A of CNL Championships

Saint Lucia National Senior Men’s Football Team will compete in Group A of the CONCACAF Nations League –since they were promoted to League B of the competition.

CONCACAF personnel recently conducted the official draw for the third edition of the Concacaf Nations League (CNL).

The live event, in Miami, on May 16 was hosted by sports anchor Carmen Boquin and included the participation of Concacaf General Secretary Philippe Moggio, as well as former players Gonzalo Romero (Guatemala), Maylee Atthin-Johnson (Trinidad and Tobago), and Wendy Acosta (Costa Rica).

The 2023/24 CNL will be played in a three-League format (A, B, and C), with the region’s 41 men’s senior national teams distributed into the Leagues according to the results of the 2022/23 CNL.

Following the Draw, for the CONCACAF Nations League 2023 – 24, Saint Lucia was promoted to League B and was placed in Pot 3 alongside Puerto Rico, Montserrat, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Saint Lucia is now placed in Group A.

League B features 16 teams divided into four groups of four teams. Each team will play every other team in their group, home and away, for a total of six matches per team (three at home and three away).

The groups are as follows:

Group A: Guadeloupe, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Sint Maarten.
Group B: Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Montserrat and Barbados.
Group C: French Guiana, Bermuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Belize.
Group D: Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, and Puerto Rico.

Notably, League A has been expanded to include 16 teams (up from 12) and a new quarterfinal round has been created to include more direct elimination matches that will qualify teams for continental summer competitions.

The 2023/24 CNL Group Stage will be played during the official FIFA Match Windows in September, October and November. For League A, the new Quarterfinals will be played in November.

The 2023/24 CNL Finals, where the third CNL champion will be crowned, will take place at a venue to-be-announced in March 2024.

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