CONCACAF U-15s kick off again in Cayman

The Cayman Islands will host the second annual CONCACAF Boys’ Under-15 Championship next August.  

This development tournament, which was the first of its kind in the CONCACAF region last year, was extremely well received in 2013 with 22 teams vying for the championship in Grand Cayman.  

Next year’s participation is expected to increase to 32 teams, meaning that over 80 percent of CONCACAF’s membership will compete. 

“This is promising news for our region, as we can see a growing interest in football development from 2013,” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb. “The U-15 tournaments are especially important as those young players have an opportunity to build a foundation for their country’s youth leagues and represent their nations at international events. It also enables the football community to start scouting for new talent at an earlier age.” 

Besides the inaugural Boys’ U-15 Championship, Cayman hosted the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in January and, two months ago, the inaugural CONCACAF Girls’ U-15 Championship with the first ever international games being played in Cayman Brac. 

Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden is once again delighted that CONCACAF has selected Cayman to host a big tournament. “The Boys U-15 tournament was a tremendous success,” he said. “Our boys did us proud then and with the early notification of this expanded tournament, I look forward to the local team being well prepared to compete next year.  

“I trust this exciting news will also be welcomed by the players, fans, and the community at large, and I am particularly pleased to hear that there will be matches played in Cayman Brac.” 

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Cayman’s best young footballers get another chance next August. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD