2019 Summer Competitions

This summer is heating up to be a great mix of soccer competitions from around the world.  This article will give the general details of some of those competitions.

 

CONCACAF Gold Cup (Host: United States, with Costa Rica and Jamaica)

This biennial event is hosted by the USA this year, and will feature national teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean.  The defending champions, United States will look to win their 7th CONCACAF Gold Cup Title and tie Mexico’s 7 titles.  The only other national team to win a CONCACAF Gold Cup title is Canada in 2000.

16 teams will partake in the tournament which group stage on June 15.  Knockout stage quarter-finals are being held on June 29 and 30, the semi-finals on July 2 and 3 and the finals on July 7.  The 16 teams taking part are listed below in their groups.

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Mexico Costa Rica Honduras United States
Canada Haiti Jamaica Panama
Martinique Nicaragua El Salvador Trinidad and Tobago
Cuba Bermuda Curaçao Guyana

 

UEFA Nations League (Host: Portugal)

Ok this is not a full tournament, but there are four games left.  UEFA Nations League is a biennial competition where member national teams compete.  The winners of each group will automatically earn a spot in the UEFA Euro tournament.  This is the first year of the competition.  The remaining games are as follows:

Semi-final matches:

Portugal vs Switzerland  2:45 PM EST Wednesday, June 5
Netherlands vs England  2:45 PM EST Thursday, June 6

Final:

Winner of each Semi-final match will play each other  2:45 PM EST Sunday, June 9

3rd place match:

Loser of each Semi-final match will play each other  9:00 AM EST Sunday, June 9

 

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup (Host: France)

This is exciting!  This summer France will host the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup.  The United States, defending World Cup Champions, along with 23 other nations will play matches in nine different cities from June 7 to July 7.  This year marks the first year of the VAR system.

The 24 nations are broken up into groups with group play starting on June 7 and finishing on June 20.  Knockout matches begin on June 22.  The round of 16 begins on June 22 and finishes on June 25, the quarter finals from June 27 to June 29, the semi-finals on July 2 and 3 and the finals on July 7.  The 24 teams taking part are listed below in their groups.

Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E Group F
France Germany Australia England Canada United States
South Korea China Italy Scotland Cameroon Thailand
Norway Spain Brazil Argentina New Zealand Chile
Nigeria South Africa Jamaica Japan Netherlands Sweden

 

CONMEBOL Copa América (Host: Brazil)

Copa América is the longest international continental football competition in the world.  Of the 45 stagings that have taken place since 1916, only two member nations have not won the tournament.  Traditionally CONMENBOL invites two (sometimes six) teams from other outside its member nations to join the competition.  Usually those nations are from CONCACAF or the Asian Football Confederation.  Chile will look to defend their title from this years invited nations, Qatar and Japan.

The tournament begins with group stage from June 14 to June 24, and finishes with the knockout stage from June 27 to July 7.  The quarter-final matches are on June 27 to June 29, the semi-finals on July 2 and 3, and the final is on July 7 in Rio de Janerio.  The 12 teams taking part are listed below in their groups.

Group A Group B Group C
Brazil Argentina Uruguay
Bolivia Colombia Ecuador
Venezuela Paraguay Japan
Peru Qatar Chile

 

2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Host: Egypt)

Our last highlighted summer competition is the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.  This tournament started in 1957 with Egypt winning the most titles (7).  Cameroon will look to defend their title from 23 other nations competing in this tourney.  The field was dwindled down from 54 nations looking to quality, but in the end, only the host and 23 other teams qualified.

The tournament begins with group stage from June 21 to July 2, and finishes with the knockout stage from July 5 to July 17.  The round of sixteen matches are from July 5 to July 8, quarter-final matches are on July 10 and July 11, semi-finals on July 14, and the final is on July 19 in Cairo.  The 24 teams taking part are listed below in their groups.

Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E Group F
Egypt Nigeria Senegal Morocco Tunisia Cameroon
DR Congo Guinea Algeria Ivory Coast Mali Ghana
Uganda Madagascar Kenya South Africa Mauritania Benin
Zimbabwe Burundi Tanzania Namibia Angola Guinea-Bissau

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