CONCACAF U15s will give local tourism a mighty kick

A regional international youth football tournament soon will be held in Grand Cayman, which organisers hope will be a tremendous boost for island’s sports tourism industry.  

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football has announced the countries for the inaugural CONCACAF Under-15 Championship in the Cayman Islands from 14 to 25 August. 

Twenty-two nations from across the region will participate in an initiative of CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, who wants to strengthen the game at youth level among the confederation membership. 

“We are proud to host such an impressive number of our member associations for this inaugural under-15 tournament, which will give the confederation’s younger stars the chance to demonstrate their talents on a larger pan-regional stage,” Webb said. “It is our belief that supporting youth football by every possible means is fundamental to the widespread development of our sport across the region and the world. Through this tournament we hope to take an important further step toward assuring substantial opportunity for all of our confederation’s youth.” 

Besides the Cayman Islands, participating teams include Aruba, the Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Maarten, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago and the US Virgin Islands. 

The competition will be held in three venues in Grand Cayman, with teams set to be divided into various groups. The top sides will qualify for a knockout round, which will yield the regional champion. 

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Cayman’s best U-15 players will be in the CONCACAF tournament. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD
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