NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After a successful year in 2017, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) announced the championship will return to Nashville for the 2019 games.
The Concacaf Gold Cup is the premier regional soccer championship that names the best national team in North, Central America and the Caribbean.
Nissan Stadium hosted a sold out game when U.S. played Panama in 2017. It became the most attended soccer match in Tennessee history.
More than 40,000 tickets were sold before the Gold Cup match started, but sales eventually surpassed 47,000.
The 2019 Gold Cup will feature three first-time hosts in the U.S. territory: Complete groups and schedule, including selection of dates and assignment of matches for the knockout round and the awarding of the Final, will be announced next year.
According to the press release, six of the 16 national teams scheduled to participate have qualified for next year’s tournament, those being the countries that participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hexagonal qualifier round: Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States, in alphabetical order.
Canada, Mexico and the United States automatically qualify for the Gold Cup in representation of North America.
The additional participating nations in the 2019 Gold Cup will qualify through Concacaf Nations League Qualifier competition, to be played in September, October, and November of 2018, and March of 2019.