Jamaica to host CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship
The 2013 Women’s Under-17 Championship of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) will begin 30 October in Montego Bay, Jamaica, featuring eight teams from across the region, with two bids to the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2014 on the line.
The entire tournament will be played in Montego Bay, which recently hosted the 2011 Men’s Under-17 Championship. The competition kicks off on 30 October, and concludes with the championship match on 9 November.
“We are looking forward to returning to Jamaica, this time for the 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship, showcasing the best of the region’s young talent in the women’s game,” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.
“We know the 2014 FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup in Costa Rica will be a tremendous success, and we are anxious to see which two teams from our Confederation join the hosts in that competition.”
Defending champion the United States returns in search of a third regional title. The US is joined by 2010 CONCACAF champion Canada and Mexico, a two-time FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup participant.
In addition to the three North American teams are host Jamaica, Central American qualifiers El Salvador and Guatemala, and two more Caribbean nations to be determined next month.
The competition follows the same format as in past years, with two-four team groups producing two semi-finalists each. The tournament’s two finalists will earn a berth to the 2014 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, joining CONCACAF Member Association Costa Rica.