CHICAGO (July 29, 2014) – CONCACAF announced that Honduras will host the 2015 U-17 Championship with the tournament set to take place in February. The CONCACAF Championship will qualify four teams for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
The tournament will take place in the city of San Pedro Sula at Estadio Olimpico and Estadio General Francisco Morazan. Both stadiums will host group stage matches and Estadio Olimpico will host the final rounds, culminating with the final on March 14.
The field will consist of 12 teams, including five from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), four from the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) and three from North America. The format for the 2015 CONCACAF Championship has been altered to increase development and competition by playing more matches, with 33 total games over 11 match days.
The teams will be divided into two groups of six and will play a round-robin format in the group stage. The winners of each group automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup and will square off for the championship. The second- and third-place teams from each group will then be pooled into a group and reseeded. The top team will play the fourth seed, and the second- and third-seed will meet. The winner of each match will also earn a trip to Chile for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Mexico is the defending CONCACAF Champion, having won the tournament in 2013 in Panama and taking second in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Mexico won the U-17 World Cup title in 2011.
2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
Dates: Feb. 27-March 14, 2015
Location: San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Stadiums: Estadio Olímpico and Estadio General Francisco Morazán
Participating Teams: 12 (Caribbean Football Union, 5), Central American Football Union, 4), North America, 3)
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 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. The second- and third-place teams from each group are reseeded 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 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.