CONCACAF: Under-17 Championship kicks off in Jamaica
The year 2011 is seeing a lot of action at many levels of the game all over the world. The latest tournament to begin is the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship which takes place from today in Jamaica.
The tournament sees twelve teams split into four groups of three with the top two from each going through to the quarter-finals, at which point the tournament becomes a straight knockout. The 2009 competition played in Mexico was halted after the group stages and never completed due to the outbreak of swine flu and, thus, we have no defending champion to speak of preceeding the big kick-off. The four teams that qualify for the semi-finals will qualify automatically for the FIFA U-17 World Cup which takes place in Mexico from July this year so there is a lot depending on the early rounds of the tournament.
With the tournament finishing on February 27th there is a lot of football to cram into two weeks. Here is the draw for the group stages:
GROUP A: Costa Rica; El Salvador; Haiti
GROUP B: Cuba; Panama; United States
GROUP C: Guatemala; Jamaica; Trinidad & Tobago
GROUP D: Barbados; Canada; Honduras