Cayman Islands national men’s Under-20 footballers will soon be competitive again after a long hiatus as one of the 21 teams to contest the biennial Caribbean Football Union 2014 tournament for that age group.
Players like Matthew Suberan, David Connolly, Jamaal Seymour (all Cayman Athletic) and Wesley Robinson (Bodden Town) are likely to get a call-up. Nineteen teams play group matches before meeting Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in the final round.
Cayman face St. Kitts and Nevis in Curacao on July 30 in Group 5, then play the hosts on Aug. 1 and are matched with Anguilla two days later.
Group 1 matches start on Wednesday in Pedro Marrero, Cuba with games between the hosts, Barbados, Martinique and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Group 2 games are in Estadio Panamericano, Dominican Repulic and the other teams are Gaudeloupe, Bermuda, Antigua and Barbuda and Bermuda.
Group 3 involves Haiti as hosts against Suriname, St. Lucia, and Turks and Caicos. Group 4 is in Aruba and the other teams are Dominica and Grenada.
The final round is set to be played in Trinidad and Tobago from Sept. 10-19 with Jamaica entering as well.
The five top teams from each group and the best overall second placed team will contest the 2014 championship.
This tournament is the official qualifier in the Caribbean Zone for both the CONCACAF Men’s U-20 Championship and the FIFA Men’s U-20 World Cup.