CONCACAF draw will sort U-20 women out for new year

Another big football tournament is being hosted in the Cayman Islands in January, following the 22-team CONCACAF Under-15 tournament in August.  

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football holds the draw and logo unveiling for the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship 2014 Cayman Islands on Tuesday at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach. 

The draw will sort the eight finalists into two groups of four and will be presided over by CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb and conducted by general secretary Enrique Sanz. 

The participating teams, besides the Cayman Islands, are Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States and all will have reps at the draw for the championship, to be played Jan. 9-19.  

The teams are vying to join hosts Canada at the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup. Cayman have a good chance not just because they are hosting it, but because the nucleus of the side includes players that were so successful with the U-17 side that did so well in the World Cup qualifiers a few years ago.  

Webb said: “As a confederation we are proud to be the center of international women’s football in 2014 and 2015, when we will be hosts to all of FIFA’s official Women’s World Cup events in 17 months. These global events will help accelerate the development of women’s football in our region.” 

CONCACAF will host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica for a month starting in March, followed by the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada in August and culminating with the FIFA Women’s World Cup from June 6 to July 5 the following year.