Matches in the Caribbean Football Union’s (CFU) Caribbean Cup will be played at both Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG) and Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds (SVRCG), in Antigua.
Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have been drawn in Group A of the along with French Guiana, Martinique, Cuba and the Dominica Republic. Antigua and Barbuda has been drawn in yet another group; the Benna Boys will face stiff competition from the Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors, Haiti, and Santo Domingo in the finals slated to begin on December 6 and end on December 16. Group One matches will be played on December 7, 9 and 11, all at ARG, while Group Two will be contested on December 8, 10 and 12 at SVRCG.
The four top teams will qualify for the Gold Cup, which is slated for July 2013, but the champions of the Caribbean Cup will walk away with a grand prize of US $100,000. Runners-up will take home US $75,000 with third and second places walking away with US $50,000 and US $30,000, respectively.
Fans wishing to follow live action of the competition can do so on Facebook by liking the CFU Caribbean Cup page or can follow on twitter at Caribbeancup2012#caribbeancup2012. There will also be live streaming on the matches online.
The semifinals of the competition will be played December 14 with the finals on December 16, both at SVRCG. The top four teams in the Caribbean Cup will qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the USA, starting July 7, 2013.
So far, the T&T are the most successful country with eight titles, with Jamaica second with five for a combined 13 of the 15 championships to date. Martinique and Haiti have each won the tournament once. Jamaica won the last two editions and three of the last four, with victories in 1991, 1998, 2005, 2008 and 2010.