CONCACAF on Tuesday confirmed the participating clubs, dates and venues for the Confederation’s two Caribbean club competitions taking place in 2022, the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship (CCCC) and CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield (CCCS).
CONCACAF said the two regional tournaments, for professional and amateur clubs respectively, are part of the Confederation’s club competitions structure and qualify teams to the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) and Scotiabank CONCACAF League (SCL).
In total, four Caribbean clubs will advance to Confederation wide club competitions, including three for the 2022 SCL and one for the 2023 SCCL.
“On behalf of Concacaf I would like to express my gratitude to the Football Federations of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic for partnering with the confederation to host these important Caribbean club competitions,” said CONCACAF General Secretary, Philippe Moggio.
“The Caribbean Club Championship and CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield are fantastic tournaments, which showcase the best of Caribbean club football as the clubs strive to qualify for continental club competition,” he added. “We look forward to these important matches in April and May.”
CONCACAF said the 2022 CCCC will take place in the Dominican Republic between May 13 and May 25, 2022.
The six participating clubs, all of which have qualified via their domestic professional leagues, are (in alphabetical order by member association): Atlético Vega Real (DOM), Cibao FC (DOM), Arcahaie FC (HAI), Violette Athletic Club (HAI), Cavalier SC (JAM) and Waterhouse FC (JAM).
CONCACAF said the competition will commence with a group stage (two groups of three teams each).
After round-robin play from May 13-17, the first and second place finishers will advance to the semifinals, CONCACAF said.
It said the semifinals will be played on May 20, followed by the final and third Place Match on May 22.
The champion of the 2022 CCCC will qualify for the 2023 SCCL, while the second and third place finishers will participate in the 2022 SCL, CONCACAF said.
Additionally, provided the 2022 CCCS Champion fulfills the CONCACAF Regional Club Licensing criteria required to participate in the SCL, an additional play-in match will be disputed on May 24, between the fourth-place finisher of the 2022 CCCC and the 2022 CCCS Champion, CONCACAF said.
It said the winner of this match will claim the last spot for Caribbean clubs in the 2022 SCL.
CONCACAF said the 2022 CCCS will take place in Puerto Rico, between April 15 to 24, 2022.
The competition will feature 13 clubs from 13 Caribbean member associations who are working with CONCACAF towards a long-term vision to professionalize the club game across the region.
The 13 participating clubs are (in alphabetical order by member association): Deportivo Nacional (Aruba), SV Real Rincon (Bonaire), Scholars International SC (Cayman Islands), CRKSV Jong Holland (Curaçao), Southeast FC (Dominica), AS Gosier (Guadeloupe), Golden Lion (Martinique), Bayamon FC (Puerto Rico), Platinum FC (St. Lucia), Junior Stars FC (St. Martin), Flames United SC (Sint Maarten), Inter Moengo Tapoe (Suriname) and SWA Sharks FC (Turks and Caicos Islands).
CONCACAF said the tournament will kick off with a Group Stage (three groups of three and one group of four).
After round-robin play from April 15-19, CONCACAF said the four group winners will advance to the semifinals.
The semifinal matches will be played on April 22, followed by the final and 3rd Place Match Sunday, April 24, CONCACAF said.