Beach Soccer groups drawn

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football has made the draw for the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship El Salvador 2015.

It kicks off on March 28 and the two top teams will qualify for the Beach Soccer World Cup finals in the Bahamas in two years’ time.

Group A includes host El Salvador, along with Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Belize.

Group B contains Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Guadeloupe and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Group C features the defending champions USA, along with the Bahamas, Barbados and Antigua & Barbuda. Group D is composed of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The top two teams of each group will advance to the quarterfinals.

The Estadio de Fútbol Costa del Sol, located on the stretch of coastline known as the Costa de Sol, will play host to all of the matches of the championship, including the championship match on Apr. 4.

As well as the regional title, the 16 participating teams are battling for one of two places in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015 tournament, in July.

The U.S. is the defending champion, having claimed the title in Nassau, Bahamas two years ago.

CONCACAF has invested in its beach soccer presence with a number of development initiatives. Cayman is investing too and held a tournament at Public Beach last summer that went well. Mexico and the US have traditionally been strong beach soccer nations having played at multiple World Cups.

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