ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – The 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship (CUW17) – the competition’s fifth edition -- opens Thursday in Grenada with a Group A doubleheader at the Grenada Athletic Stadium.
Thursday – March 3, 2016
Guatemala v Canada, 4:00 p.m. ET
Grenada v Haiti, 6:30 p.m. ET
Group B -- consisting of Costa Rica, Jamaica, the United States and defending champion Mexico – will start play on Friday at the Grenada National Stadium.
The tournament will crown the Confederation champion at this age level and qualify three teams to the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan. The top two teams from each group after round-robin play will advance to the semifinals (March 11), with the winners of those two matches earning places in the final (March 13) and the World Cup. The semifinal losers will square off in the match for third place (March 13) to determine CONCACAF’s last qualifier.
The U.S. has lifted the CU17W trophy a record two times, while Canada and Mexico have each been crowned once.
CONCACAF UNDER-17 WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Tournament Placement by Year
2008 – TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
-Runner-up: Costa Rica*
2010 – COSTA RICA
-Fourth: Costa Rica
(Trinidad & Tobago hosted 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup)
2012 – GUATEMALA
2013 – JAMAICA
(Costa Rica hosted 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup)
* qualified for the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup