Format, groups announced for 2014 Caribbean
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Cuba (pictured) celebrates after winning its first Caribbean Cup title in 2012.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Caribbean Football Union revealed Monday results of the draw for the 2014 Caribbean Cup, the region’s biennial championship for national teams that doubles as a qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The 18th edition will feature 26 sides of which the top four will qualify directly to the confederation’s showpiece event next year.

Jamaica received a bye into the eight-team final round, which it will host in Montego Bay, November 9-18, and will be joined there by defending champion Cuba.

Preliminary round play, involving seven nations drawn into two groups, will be played May 28-June 4:


GROUP 1

Bonaire (host)
Montserrat
U.S. Virgin Islands

GROUP 2

Aruba (host)
British Virgin Islands
French Guiana
Turks & Caicos Islands

 

The first round, September 1-8, is comprised of four, four-team groups: 

GROUP 3

Martinique (host)
Barbados
Suriname
Group 1 winner

GROUP 4

Puerto Rico (host)
Grenada
Curacao
Group 2 winner 

GROUP 5

Antigua & Barbuda (host)
Dominican Republic
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Anguilla 

GROUP 6

St. Kitts & Nevis (host)
Dominica
Guyana
St. Lucia

 

The first- and second-place teams from each group, as well as the third-place team with the best overall record, will progress to the second round.  There, they will slot into three, four-team groups headed by hosts Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti and Guadeloupe.  Those encounters will be played October 6-13: 

GROUP 7

Trinidad & Tobago (host)
Group 5 winner
Group 6 runner-up
Best overall third place

GROUP 8

Haiti (host)
Group 6 winner
Group 3 runner-up
Group 4 runner-up

GROUP 9

Guadeloupe
Group 4 winner
Group 3 winner
Group 5 runner-up

 

The second round group winners and runners-up will advance to the final round.

This will also be the first time that the Caribbean Cup’s qualifying stages will be played during officially-sanctioned FIFA match dates, allowing national associations the latitude to include overseas players. 

Trinidad & Tobago has won the tournament on a record eight occasions.