• Tuesday Dec 13, 2016

    U-17 Draw on Tuesday in Panama City…Team Fast Facts

    The Sheraton Grand Panama (pictured) will be the location for the 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship draw on December 13, 2016, in Panama City, Panama.

    PANAMA CITY, Panama – The draw for the 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship will take place on Tuesday night at the Sheraton Grand Panama.

    The 12 participating teams will be drawn into three groups of four teams each for the competition’s 18th edition, which will be played April 21 – May 7, 2017, in Panama City, Panama, at the Estadio Maracana and the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

    It will mark the second time that Panama has been the location for the U-17 finals, following up on the first in 2013, when the host nation finished as runner-up to Mexico.

    Suriname will be the only side to make its debut in the tournament thanks to it finishing with the best record of the two third-place teams from Caribbean qualifying. 

    Also of note, Curacao is returning to CONCACAF U-17 play for the first time since 1996, when it was known as the Netherlands Antilles.

    Mexico is the two-time defending champion and owns a record six titles. 

    CONCACAF.com takes a quick glance at each of the teams before the draw:

    2017 CONCACAF UNDER-17 CHAMPIONSHIP
    Pre-Draw Fast Facts 

    Canada
    - Previous Appearances: 15 (last app. in 2015)
    - Best Finish: Runner-up-1 (2011) 

    Costa Rica
    - Previous Appearances: 15 (last app. in 2015)
    - Best Finish: Champion-1 (1994)
    - 2016 Central American Qualifying: 1st place (16 goals for, 0 goals against)

    Cuba
    - Previous Appearances: 9 (last app in 2015)
    - Best Finish: Champion-1 (1988)
    - 2016 Caribbean Qualifying: Runner-up

    Curacao
    - Previous Appearances: 5 (last app. in 1996 … all when known as the Netherlands Antilles)
    - 2016 Caribbean Qualifying: 4th place

    El Salvador
    - Previous Appearances: 13 (last app. in 2011)
    - Best Finish: Final Round Playoff-1 (1999)
    - 2016 Central American Qualifying: 3rd place 

    Haiti
    - Previous Appearances: 6 (last app. in 2015)
    - Best Finish: Final Round group winner-1 (2007 … qualified for 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup)
    - 2016 Caribbean Qualifying: Champion

    Honduras
    - Previous Appearances: 16 (last app. in 2015)
    - Best Finish: Runner-up-1 (2015)
    - 2016 Central American Qualifying: 2nd place 

    Jamaica
    - Previous Appearances: 12 (last app. in 2015)
    - Best Finish: Final Round group winner-1 (1999 … qualified for 1999 FIFA U-17 World Cup)
    - 2016 Caribbean Qualifying: 3rd place

    Mexico
    - Previous Appearances: 15 (last app. in 2015)
    - Best Finish: Champion-6 (1985, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2013, 2015)
    - FIFA U-17 World Cup Champion-2 (2005, 2011)

    Panama
    - Previous Appearances: 7 (last app in 2007)
    - Best Finish: Runner-up-1 (2013)
    - 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship host … also hosted in 2013

    Suriname
    - Previous appearances: 0
    - 2016 Caribbean Qualifying: Best 3rd place team from two, final-round groups 

    USA
    - Previous Appearances: 16 (last app. in 2015)
    - Best Finish: Champion-3 (1983, 1992, 2011)

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