Players from Mexico (pictured) celebrate after winning the 2013 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. (Photo: Mexsport)
MIAMI – CONCACAF confirmed Tuesday the programming for the official draw for the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship Jamaica 2015. The draw will take place on Thursday, October 30, at 1:30 PM ET, and will be streamed live via CONCACAF.com.
CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, alongside special invited guest the Honourable Damion Crawford, Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, will open the draw, which will set the groups for the Championship to be played in Kingston and Montego Bay in January.
Veterans of the 1998 Jamaican World Cup participating Reggae Boyz are also scheduled to be in attendance to help in the execution of the event.
The draw will be held at the Hilton Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica, sorting the 12 participants into two groups of six teams each.
Five pots will be utilized: three (1, 2 and 3) for the teams and two (A and B) for group position. As host, Jamaica will be seeded in position A1 and drawn from Pot 1 alongside fellow Caribbean entrants Aruba, Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago. Pots 2 and 3 will be comprised of Central American representatives and North American entrants, respectively.
The pots for the draw will therefore be designated as follows:
Pot 1 (Caribbean): Jamaica; Aruba; Cuba; Haiti; Trinidad and Tobago
Pot 2 (Central America): El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Panama
Pot 3 (North America): Canada; Mexico; United States
Pot A (Seeding for Group A): Six balls with a group positions, 1-6
Pot B (Seeding for Group B): Six balls with a group positions, 1-6
Following the drawing of Jamaica into Group A as the seeded team, the remaining teams will be drawn one by one from Pot 1. The second team drawn goes to Group B, in a position determined by the place drawn from Pot B. The third team drawn then goes to Group A, with its position drawn from Pot A – the positioning pot for that group.
The teams drawn continue to be placed in alternate groups, until the Caribbean region Pot 1 is empty. The procedure will then be repeated for regional pots 2 and 3, continuing to alternate placement of the nation drawn into Groups A and B by turn, until the balls are exhausted and groups are full.
The CONCACAF Under-20 Championship Jamaica 2015 is scheduled to be played January 9-24, 2015, in Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica. The tournament will qualify four teams directly to the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015.