Covid restrictions force early end to Caribbean Club Shield and Club Championship

August 26 – Caribbean travel restrictions and a compacted match calendar with few dates left have forced Concacaf to abandon the Caribbean Club Shield and Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship for 2020.

The competitions needed to be completed in order to qualify teams for the Scotiabank Concacaf League, scheduled to start on October 20.

The Caribbean Club Shield was originally due to take place in April in Curacao and the Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship May in the Dominican Republic. The last dates available to complete matches for qualification to the Scotiabank Concacaf League were in September but Covid-19 restrictions and the logistics around the game proved too difficult to resolve.

Concacaf said that Caribbean club qualification to the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, and the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf League, will now be determined based on performances in the group stage of the Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship, which took place in Jamaica in early February.

“As such, the top performing team in the group stage, Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM/6 pts), will qualify for the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, while the next three top performing teams in the group stage, Waterhouse FC (JAM/4 pts), Arcahaie FC (HAI/3 pts) and Cibao FC (DOM/2 pts), will qualify for the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf League,” said Concacaf.

Concacaf said it is committed to continuing to deliver club competitions in the Caribbean region and “is continuing to work with its stakeholders to plan for the resumption of its suspended competitions as soon as possible…”

“In terms of our wider club competitions calendar, the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf League is scheduled to begin on October 20th, 2020. Additionally, we continue to work on plans to resume the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League later this year to crown a regional champion and qualify them to the FIFA Club World Cup.”

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