CONCACAF NEWS — September 5, 2012 at 12:18 am

Twenty-five teams set for Caribbean Cup




KINGSTON, Jamaica – Twenty-five teams will vie for the biennial Caribbean Cup title and four berths in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, starting September 5 with a doubleheader in Martinique.

Montserrat will face Suriname before Martinique plays the British Virgin Islands in Stade En Camee in Riviere-Pilote in Group 3, with subsequent matches on September 7 and September 9.

Group 1 in Haiti with Bermuda, Puerto Rico and Saint- Martin will be played September 7-11 in Port-au-Prince while Group 4 in Bridgetown, Barbados, is set for September 23-27 with the host country, Aruba, Dominica and the Dominican Republic.

Two other first-round groups will have St. Kitts hosting Anguilla, Trinidad & Tobago and French Guyana in Group 5 October 10-14, with Group 2 in St. Lucia and also involving Curacao, Guyna and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Dates have not been set for Group 2.

The winners and runners-up from Groups 1-3 as well as the best runner-up from Group 4 or Group 5 will advance to a second, three-group round in late October, when Grenada, Guadeloupe and Cuba will join the fray.

The top two teams from each second-round group will qualify for the Caribbean Cup finals set for December 3-15 along with two-time defending champion Jamaica and host Antigua & Barbuda.

CFU Caribbean Cup
Group 1
At Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Bermuda, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Saint-Martin
Friday, September 7
Bermuda vs. Puerto Rico
Haiti vs. Saint-Martin

Sunday, September 9
Puerto Rico vs. Saint-Martin
Haiti vs. Bermuda

Tuesday, September 11
Saint-Martin vs. Bermuda
Haiti vs. Puerto Rico

Group 2
At Gros Islet, St. Lucia
Curacao, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Schedule TBA

Group 3
At Riviere-Pilote, Martinique
British Virgin Islands, Martinique, Montserrat, Suriname
Wednesday, September 5
Montserrat vs. Suriname
Martinique vs. British Virgin Islands

Friday, September 7
British Virgin Islands vs. Suriname
Martinique vs. Montserrat

Sunday, September 9
British Virgin Islands vs. Montserrat
Martinique vs. Suriname

Group 4
At Bridgetown, Barbados
Aruba, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic
Sunday, September 23
Aruba vs. Dominican Republic
Barbados vs. Dominica

Tuesday, September 25
Dominica vs. Aruba
Barbados vs. Dominican Republic

Thursday, September 27
Dominican Republic vs. Dominica
Barbados vs. Aruba

Group 5
At Basseterre, St. Kitts
St. Kitts & Nevis, Anguilla, Trinidad & Tobago, French Guyana
October 10-14
Complete schedule TBA

Group 6
At St. George’s, Grenada
Grenada, Group 1 winner, Group 2 winner, Group 4 or 5 runner-up
October 20-24

Group 7
At Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe, Group 3 winner, Group 4 winner, Group 1 runner-up
October 23-27

Group 8
At  Trinidad
Cuba, Group 5 winner, Group 2 runner-up, Group 3 runner-up

At Antigua & Barbuda
December 3-15
Group A
Antigua & Barbuda, Group 6 winner, Group 8 winner, Group 7 runner-up
Group B
Jamaica, Group 7 winner, Group 6 runner-up, Group 8 runner-up

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