2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

The 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship was a scheduled age-restricted international association football tournament organised by CONCACAF. The competition was used to determine the four CONCACAF representatives at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. The competition was hosted by Honduras.[1]

2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Tournament details
Host countryHonduras
CitySan Pedro Sula
Dates27 February – 15 March
Teams12 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Mexico (6th title)
Runners-up Honduras
Third place Costa Rica
 United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played33
Goals scored113 (3.42 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ronaldo Córdoba
(6 goals)

Qualified teams

Team Qualification Appearances Previous best performances FIFA U-17 World Cup
Participations
North American zone
 Canada Automatic 15th Runners-up (2011) 6
 Mexico (TH) Automatic 15th Champions (1985, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2013) 11
 United States Automatic 16th Champions (1983, 1992, 2011) 14
Central American zone qualified through the Central America qualifying
 Honduras Host 16th Fourth place (1983, 1985, 1987, 2013) 3
 Costa Rica Triangular 1 winner 15th Champions (1994) 8
 Panama Triangular 2 winner 7th Runners-up (2013) 2
 Guatemala Repechage playoff winner 10th Quarterfinals (2013) 0
Caribbean zone qualified through the Caribbean qualifying
 Haiti Group A winner 6th Final round group winner (2007) 1
 Saint Lucia Group A runner-up 2nd Group stage (1988) 0
 Jamaica Group B winner 12th Final round group winner (1999) 2
 Cuba Group B runner-up 9th Champions (1988) 2
 Trinidad and Tobago Best third place 13th Runners-up (1983) 2

Note: no titles or runners-up between 1999 and 2007.
Bold indicates that the corresponding team was hosting the event.

Venues

New format

Previously there were four groups of three teams during the group stage of the competition, each team played a minimum of two games and the previous format had a total of 20 matches. As from 2015 there will be two groups of six teams, each team will play a minimum of five games and the competition will have a total of 33 matches. CONCACAF stated that the new format would aid development and competition.[1]

The knockout phase, which included eight matches, consisted of four quarterfinals, two semifinals, a third-place playoff and a final, has been replaced with two playoff games and a final.

Draw

The draw took place on 8 December at the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Cortés, Honduras.[2]

On 2 December 2014, CONCACAF announced the procedure of the draw.[3] The 12 teams were divided into three differing pots:

Pot Teams
Pot 1 (Central America)
Pot 2 (Caribbean)
Pot 3 (North America)
Pot A (Seeding for Group A)Six balls with a group positions, 1-6
Pot B (Seeding for Group B)Six balls with a group positions, 1-6

Prior to the draw, hosts Honduras were assigned to position A1. The remaining teams in Pot 1 were drawn, alternating between groups A and B. Teams were assigned a position from Pot A (Group A) or Pot B (Group B). After all teams had been drawn from Pot 1, the draw proceeded (continuing to alternate between Groups A and B) to Pot 2, then Pot 3.[3]

Squads

Only players born on or after 1 January 1998 are eligible to play in the tournament. Each participating national association must provide a provisional list of 20-30 players to CONCACAF 30 days before their first match. A final 20-man selection must be provided upon arrival in the venue.[4]

Group stage

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Honduras (H) 5 3 2 0 9 4 +5 11 Final and 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup
2  Jamaica 5 3 1 1 9 5 +4 10 Playoff stage
3  United States 5 3 1 1 13 4 +9 10
4  Guatemala 5 1 1 3 7 9 2 4
5  Cuba 5 0 4 1 4 9 5 4
6  Trinidad and Tobago 5 0 1 4 4 16 12 1
First match(es) will be played on 27 February 2015. Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host.

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Mexico 5 3 2 0 13 3 +10 11 Final and 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup
2  Canada 5 3 1 1 10 6 +4 10 Playoff stage
3  Costa Rica 5 3 1 1 13 5 +8 10
4  Panama 5 3 0 2 15 7 +8 9
5  Haiti 5 1 0 4 6 17 11 3
6  Saint Lucia 5 0 0 5 4 23 19 0
First match(es) will be played on 28 February 2015. Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Final stage

In the final stage, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, penalty shoot-out is used to determine the winner (no extra time is played).[4]

Playoff stage

The second-and third-place teams from each group are re-seeded by group stage results, with the best team facing the fourth-best team, and the second-best team facing the third-best team.

Ranking of second and third-placed teams

Seed Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 A  United States 5 3 1 1 13 4 +9 10
2 B  Costa Rica 5 3 1 1 13 5 +8 10
3 B  Canada 5 3 1 1 10 6 +4 10
4 A  Jamaica 5 3 1 1 9 5 +4 10
First match(es) will be played on 27 February 2015. Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Because all four teams finished with the same number of points and not all of them faced each other, the first playoff tiebreaker used for reseeding was goal differential in all group matches. Because two teams were tied on goal differential, the No. 3 and 4 seeds were determined based on total goals scored in the tournament.[5] This resulted in both third-place teams being ranked ahead of both second-place teams.

Costa Rica 3−0 Canada
Hernández  18'
Reyes  27'
Sakiki  74' (o.g.)
Report

United States 0−0 Jamaica
Report
Penalties
Pulisic
Gallardo
Barbir
Zendejas
Nelson
Velela
5−4 Nelson
Hinds
Hammond
Senior
Talbott
Marshall

Costa Rica and the United States qualified for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Final

Honduras 0−3 Mexico
Report Magaña  7'
Zamudio  15'
Torres  50'

Both Honduras and Mexico qualified for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Top goal scorers

Players with three or more goals:[6]

References

  1. "Honduras to Host CONCACAF Under-17 Championship in 2015". CONCACAF.com. July 29, 2014. Archived from the original on August 3, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  2. "Draw Determines Groups and Schedule for CONCACAF Under-17 Championship Honduras 2015". CONCACAF.com. December 8, 2014. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  3. "Official Draw Confirmed for the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship Honduras 2015". CONCACAF.com. 2 December 2014. Archived from the original on 11 January 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  4. "2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship Regulations". CONCACAF (via issuu.com). 2 December 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  5. http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2015/03/12/22/14/150312-u17mnt-sunday-playoff-rel
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-10. Retrieved 2015-03-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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