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The history of the Concacaf Under-20 Women’s Championship
Plenty of history was made in the 2018 CU20W in Trinidad and Tobago. Not only did Mexico win their first ever title after defeating the U.S. 4-2 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw, but Haiti qualified for a first Women’s World Cup at any age level by defeating Canada 1-0 in the Third-Place match. (Photos: Allan V. Crane/ Concacaf)
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MIAMI, Florida – This Friday at 7:00 PM ET, Concacaf will be airing a re-broadcast of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship semifinal between Mexico and Canada, followed by the 2018 CUW20 Final between Mexico and the United States. Both matches will be shown on Concacaf’s Facebook and YouTube pages, plus the Concacaf App.

The history of the CU20W dates back to 2002 when eight teams convened in Trinidad and Tobago to battle for two spots to the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women’s Championship. It was the only edition in which there was not a Final, as group winners Mexico and the U.S. earned first-place finishes to advance to that year’s FIFA U19 Women’s Championship.

Two years later in 2002, Canada would not only host the eight-team tournament but they would go on to win it for the first time with a 2-1 victory over the U.S. in extra time, with both teams qualifying for the 2002 FIFA Women’s Under-19 Championship.

In 2006 it was Mexico’s turn to play host to the event and once again it was a Final that came down to the U.S. and Canada, but this time the U.S. would emerge victorious with a comeback 3-2 win. The 2006 tournament was also the first one in which three teams from Concacaf qualified for the World Cup, with Mexico claiming the third spot after defeating Jamaica in the Third-Place match.

Two years later in 2008 Mexico once again was the setting for the CU20W and Canada was able to avenge their 2006 defeat to the U.S., winning 1-0 in the Final, while Mexico won the Third-Place match to advance to the World Cup.

The 2010 CU20W was played in Guatemala for the first time and a late goal powered the U.S. to a 1-0 win over Mexico in the Final. Some history was also made as Costa Rica qualified for a first FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup after downing Canada in the Third-Place match.

The U.S. would win their second consecutive CU20W in 2012 in Panama thanks to a late rally to earn a 2-1 win against Canada in the Final. Mexico also punched their World Cup ticket with a decisive 5-0 win against the host nation.

The U.S. made it three in a row in 2014 in the Cayman Islands with a convincing 4-0 win over Mexico in the Final, while Costa Rica reached a second World Cup by scoring four goals in extra time to defeat Trinidad and Tobago, 7-3.

The CU20W returned in 2015 and once again it was the U.S. lifting the trophy after a narrow 1-0 win over Canada in the Final. Mexico also reached the World Cup by fending off a valiant challenge from Honduras, 2-0.

Plenty of history was made in the 2018 CU20W in Trinidad and Tobago. Not only did Mexico win their first ever title after defeating the U.S. 4-2 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw, but Haiti qualified for a first Women’s World Cup at any age level by defeating Canada 1-0 in the Third-Place match.

Two years later at the 2020 CU20W, the tournament expanded its field from eight to 20 teams and from the pack the U.S. emerged to lift their sixth crown with a 4-1 win over Mexico in the Final, joining 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup co-hosts Costa Rica and Panama in the tournament.

 
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