Junior Lady Lags in League B of Concacaf Girls’ U-15 Championship
Concacaf has announced that the 2022 Concacaf Girls’ U-15 Championship is scheduled to take place from July 31 to August 7 and will feature the participation of 31 Concacaf Member Associations, as well as one invited guest.
The 2022 edition of the developmental tournament will be hosted in its entirety at the Hillsborough County Tournament Sportsplex in Tampa, Florida, United States.
Based on rankings, Guyana has been placed in League B. In the coming weeks, the country will know of its precise opponents in the preliminary stage.
In a recent statement, Concacaf indicated that to ensure sporting balance and fully leverage this exceptional development opportunity for all young players, the 32 participating teams will be divided into three leagues according to their Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Ranking of May 2022.
League A (seven highest-ranked teams and guest team): Canada, Costa Rica, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States and the guest nation.
League B (next 12 best-ranked teams): Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bermuda, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago.
League C (lowest-ranked teams): Anguilla, Aruba, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos Islands and US Virgin Islands.
Within each League, the participating teams will be divided into groups of four teams each. After round-robin play, the two group winners and second-place finishers of League A will advance to the knockout stage and will play for the tournament’s championship.
For Leagues B and C, the three group winners and the best second-place finisher will advance to the semifinals of their respective League.
Furthermore, the remaining teams in each League will dispute an additional match for their final position in the competition.
With this format, each League will crown a champion and guarantee that every participating team plays a minimum of four competitive matches.
In late May, the Guyana Football Federation, through a strategic alliance with Blue Water Shipping, launched a nationwide Under-15 Girls’ Development League.
At that launch representatives of the GFF’s nine Regional Members Association were presented with equipment to run the League in their respective jurisdictions.
It is expected players that players from that league will be filtered into the Guyana squad to compete at the Championship.