Guyana U-17s advance directly to 2022 Concacaf Women’s Championship

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The Draw for the 2022 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship was conducted in Miami, Florida, on Thursday, revealing the groups for next year’s tournament, which will take place from April 23 to May 8, 2022 in the Dominican Republic.

Guyana has received a bye and will advance directly to the knockout round of the Championship.

The Guyanese recently finished as the best-ranked second placed team among the three groups in the qualification competition at the IMG Academy in Florida.

Guyana, playing in Group B, had a mixed bag of results- a draw, a loss and a victory- ending with six points, which were good enough to secure their passage to the next round, based on a weighted points system.

Also through to the knockout phase are St. Kitts and Nevis (Group A), Curacao (Group B) and Honduras (Group C), who topped their respective group in the qualification tournament.

Format

The Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship will be disputed in two rounds, beginning with a 16-team group stage. After round-robin play, the top three teams in each group will advance to the knockout stage joining the four best teams from Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Qualifying.

The results of Thursday’s Draw are as follows:

Group E: Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, Nicaragua

Group F: Canada, Jamaica, Bermuda, Dominican Republic

Group G: United States, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Grenada

Group H: Haiti, Guatemala, El Salvador, Cuba

The knockout stage of the competitions (round-of-16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, third place match and final) will all be played in a single match direct elimination format.

At the conclusion of the event, the champion, runner-up and third place finisher will qualify for the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India in October.

The United States is the current champion (fourth title overall) of the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 following a 3-2 win over Mexico in the 2018 Final.

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