Soca Warriors to battle Haiti in January for historic Copa America Centenario spot

Panama vs. Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago vs. Haiti to determine CONCACAF’s final two entrants

Trinidad and Tobago players during the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015.
Thursday 29 October 2015

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today announced details of the two play-in matches for the final two berths in the historic Copa América Centenario, to be played in the United States from June 3-26, 2016.

The two matchups – Panama vs. Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago vs. Haiti – will be played as a double header on Friday 8 January 2016, at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, Panama.

The winner of each match will advance to the Copa América Centenario 2016.

The competition is a celebration of the centenary of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and Copa America and is to be the first Copa América hosted outside South America.

Soca Warriors to battle Haiti in January for historic Copa America Centenario spot

The tournament will be held as part of an agreement between CONMEBOL and CONCACAF as a special edition of Copa América – 45th since its inception in 1916 between the usual four-year cycle – and will feature an expanded field of 16 teams, an increase from the usual 12, with ten teams from CONMEBOL and six teams from CONCACAF.

CONCACAF Gold Cup champions Mexico, 2013 Gold Cup champions and hosts United States, reigning Central American Cup champions Costa Rica and Caribbean Cup Champion Jamaica have already secured their places in the event.

The four play-off contenders set to compete in Panama earned their places in the play-in matches by virtue of their performances at the 2015 Gold Cup. Cuba, Haiti, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago were all quarterfinalists. Panama earned the right to host the play-in event as the best finisher of the group, advancing to the semi-finals and eventually finishing in third place.

The U.S.-hosted Copa América Centenario was originally announced in May 2014, when it was determined the reigning UNCAF and CFU champion, as well as Mexico and the United States, would represent the CONCACAF region, along with two additional teams to be determined via play in matches after a ranking of the best finishers from the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. That procedure was confirmed last week, along with the final details of the Copa América Centenario in the United States.