Twelve teams contest the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, three from North America (Canada, Mexico and the United States), four from Central America and five from the Caribbean. The tournament was increased from eight to 12 teams for the 2011 event, and with Mexico selected to host the 2011 Under-17 World Cup, its berth was reallocated to Central America.
CONCACAF staged the championship, initially as an under-16 event, from 1983 through 1996 in a single country to crown a winner, but altered the format beginning in 1999 as a two-group competition strictly to qualify teams for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The tournament, which qualifies four teams for the U-17 World Cup, returned to a championship at a single venue for the 2009 event, in Tijuana, Mexico.
Year Venue Champion
1983 Trinidad & Tobago United States
Year Venue(s) World Cup qualifiers
1985 Mexico Costa Rica, *Mexico, ^United States
1987 Honduras #Canada, *Mexico, United States
1988 Cuba Canada, *Cuba, United States
1991 Trinidad & Tobago Cuba, *Mexico, United States
1992 Cuba Canada, Mexico, *United States
1994 El Salvador Canada, *Costa Rica, United States
1996 Trinidad & Tobago Costa Rica, *Mexico, United States
1999 El Salvador, Jamaica Jamaica, Mexico, United States
2001 Honduras, United States Costa Rica, #Trinidad & Tobago, United States
2003 Canada, Guatemala Costa Rica, Mexico, United States
2005 Costa Rica, Mexico Costa Rica, Mexico, United States
2007 Honduras, Jamaica Costa Rica, Haiti, Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago, United States
2009 Mexico +Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, United States
2011 Jamaica Canada, Jamaica, #Mexico, Panama, *United States
*Champion (no title awarded 1999-2007)
+No title awarded; semifinals and finals cancelled due to influenza outbreak
^United States qualified for the 1985 U-17 World Championship as the 1983 CONCACAF champion
#World Cup host