MIAMI (July 23, 2014) – CONCACAF has announced that Jamaica will host the upcoming U-20 CONCACAF Championships in January of 2015, a tournament that will yield four qualifiers for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
The National Stadium in Kingston as well as the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Montego Bay will host group matches as the tournament switches to a new format. The final round will also be played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
The new format will feature 12 teams divided into groups of six that will play a round-robin format kicking off on January 9, with the top finisher in each group receiving an automatic bid to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and a spot in the championship match on January 24.
The second and third-place finishers in each of the two groups will then be re-seeded into a four-team table. The top seed will play the fourth seed and the second and third seeds will face off on January 24. The winners of each of those matches will also qualify for the 2015 World Cup.
In total, the tournament will have a record 33 matches over 11 match days with a triple-header on each match day. The new tournament structure is to enhance competition for the championship and increase development with more matches.
Of the 12 teams, five will come from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), four from the Central American Football Football Union (UNCAF) and three from North America. Mexico is the two-time defending U-20 CONCACAF champion, winning the title in Mexico in 2013 and in Guatemala in 2011.
CONCACAF U-20 Championships Jamaica 2015
Dates: January 9 – January 24, 2015
Location: Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica
Stadiums: National Stadium (Kingston) and Montego Bay Sports Complex
Participating Teams: 12
Caribbean Football Union: 5 Teams
North America: 3 Teams
Central American Football Union: 4 Teams
Number of teams qualifying to the FIFA World Cup: 4
Format: The twelve (12) teams shall be divided into a group stage consisting of two (2) groups (A, B) of six (6) teams each. The group winners qualify automatically for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. The second- and third-place teams from each group are re-seeded by group stage results, with the top team of the four facing the fourth-best team, and the second-best finisher facing the third-best. The winner of each of those two matches also advances to the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015.