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  • About the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship

    The CONCACAF Under-20 Championship is a biennial tournament that determines a champion and the Confederation’s qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.  It provides the perfect platform for those performers on the cusp of transitioning to full international football.

    As CONCACAF’s second oldest competition, the Under-20 Championship was launched in 1962 with Panama as host and Mexico capturing the first of its record 12 titles.

    The tournament has been contested 24 times under various formats.  From 1962-1974, before the introduction of the FIFA World Youth Championship (eventually becoming known as the FIFA U-20 World Cup), it was a non-World Cup qualifying event.

    Since 1976, the competition acted as qualifier for the 1977 FIFA World Youth Championship and has done so ever since.  It has crowned a champion each time it was played with the exception of five occasions from 1998-2007, when the final round was split into two groups of four and was played in two different countries.

    In 2009, the final round reverted back to a competition consisting of two groups contested in a single country to decide a winner.  Two years later, the field was expanded to 12 teams (four groups of three teams each).

    For 2015, in a bid to favor development and competition, the format was modified once again.  The 12 participants have been split into two groups of six, increasing the number of guaranteed games for each participant to five, up from two in the previous editions.  The top team from each group after round-robin play advances to the World Cup, and the second and third place nations from each group advance to the final day knockout phase, with the chance to dispute one of a pair of play-in matches which will determine CONCACAF's other two World Cup spots. 

    CONCACAF UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP
    Hosts, Champions & FIFA U-20 World Cup Qualifiers
    (all FIFA U-20 World Cup Qualifying competitions unless indicated otherwise) 

     CONCACAF Under-20 Champions
    YearHostChampion
    1962 Panama Mexico
    1964 Guatemala El Salvador
    1970 Cuba Mexico
    1973 Mexico Mexico
    1974 Canada Mexico
    World Cup Qualifiers
    1976 Puerto Rico Honduras, Mexico*
    1978 Honduras Canada, Mexico*
    1980 United States Mexico*, United States
    1982 Guatemala Honduras*, Mexico**, United States^
    1984 Trinidad and Tobago Canada, Mexico*
    1986 Trinidad and Tobago Canada*, United States
    1988 Guatemala Costa Rica*, United States^
    1990 Guatemala Mexico*, Trinidad and Tobago
    1992 Canada Mexico*, United States
    1994 Honduras Costa Rica, Honduras*
    1996 Mexico Canada*, Costa Rica, Mexico, United States
    1998 Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, United States
    2001 Canada, Trinidad and Tobago Canada, Costa Rica, Jamaica, United States
    2002 Panama, United States Canada, Mexico, Panama, United States
    2005 Honduras, United States Canada, Honduras, Panama, United States
    2007 Mexico, Panama Canada**, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, United States
    2009 Trinidad and Tobago Costa Rica*, United States, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago
    2011 Guatemala Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico*, Panama
    2013 Mexico Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico*, United States

    * Champion
    ** As FIFA U-20 World Cup host, did not participate in CONCACAF Under-20 Championship.
    ^ United States progressed to FIFA U-20 World Cup following the disqualification of Honduras and Mexico in CONCACAF Under-20 Championships of 1982 and 1988, respectively.

     


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