Concacaf cancels U-17 and U-20 championships
Concacaf has announced the cancellation of both its Under-17 and Under-20 youth championships in light of FIFA’s recent announcement to shutter the FIFA U-17 and U-20 Men’s World Cups, scheduled to take place in Peru and Indonesia later this year.
The U-20 tournament was originally scheduled to be held in Honduras between June 20 and July 5, 2020. However, following the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic the tournament was initially pushed forward to later this year. The U-17 competition suffered a similar fate.
With the spread of the virus continuing to affect safety concerns and travelling ability, FIFA announced the decision to cancel both tournaments last week. With the Concacaf tournaments serving as qualifiers for the World Cups, the confederation decided to follow suit. As part of the decision, FIFA announced the next editions will be held in 2023 at the venues that were to host the 2021 editions of the tournaments.
Jamaica (1999, 2011), Trinidad and Tobago (2001, 2007), Haiti (2007, 2019) and Cuba (1989, 1991) are the Caribbean teams to have qualified for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup editions. At the Under-20 level, Trinidad and Tobago (1991, 2009), Jamaica (2001) and Cuba (2013) have qualified to the finals. (Sportsmax)