2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

The 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship was the 5th edition of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship (26th edition if all eras included), the men's under-20 international football tournament organized by CONCACAF. It was hosted in Costa Rica between 17 February and 5 March 2017.[1]

2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
Premundial CONCACAF Sub-20 2017 (in Spanish)
Tournament details
Host country Costa Rica
Dates17 February – 5 March 2017
Teams12 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States (1st title)
Runners-up Honduras
Tournament statistics
Matches played25
Goals scored74 (2.96 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ronaldo Cisneros (6 goals)
Best player(s) Erik Palmer-Brown
Best goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann
Fair play award Mexico

The competition determined the four CONCACAF representatives at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea. The United States, Mexico, Honduras, and Costa Rica qualified.

The tournament also determined which two Caribbean nations participate in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games.[2]

Qualification

Team Qualification Appearances Previous best performances FIFA U-20 World Cup
Participations
North American zone
 Canada Automatic 22nd Champions (1986, 1996) 8
 Mexico (TH) Automatic 25th Champions (1962, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1990, 1992, 2011, 2013, 2015) 14
 United States Automatic 23rd Runners-up (1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013) 14
Central American zone qualified through the Central America qualifying
 Costa Rica Host nation 19th Champions (1988, 2009) 8
 Honduras First place 18th Champions (1982, 1994) 6
 El Salvador Second place 16th Champions (1964) 1
 Panama[lower-alpha 1] Fourth place 10th Runner-up (2015) 5
Caribbean zone qualified through the Caribbean qualifying
 Antigua and Barbuda Group A winner 3rd First Round (1980, 1986) 0
 Bermuda Group A runner-up 12th Second Round (1974, 1980) 0
 Haiti Group B winner 8th Second Round (1978) 0
 Trinidad and Tobago Group B runner-up 19th Runners-up (1990) 2
 Saint Kitts and Nevis Best Third Place 2nd First Round (2007) 0
Notes
  1. On 28 October 2016, FIFA suspended the National Football Federation of Guatemala for political interference by the Government of Guatemala. Until the suspension is lifted, Guatemalan teams are not permitted to participate in international competitions.[3] CONCACAF had set the deadline of 20 November 2016 for the suspension to be lifted, otherwise by rule, Guatemala would be disqualified from the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, and any replacement team or revision to the tournament format would be discussed once the deadline had passed.[4] On 22 November, CONCACAF announced that Panama, fourth place in Central America qualifying, would take the place of Guatemala, third place in Central America qualifying.[5]

Venues

San José
Estadio Nacional
Estadio Nacional
Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá
Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá
9.936389°N 84.107778°W / 9.936389; -84.107778 (Estadio Nacional) 9.965427°N 84.075455°W / 9.965427; -84.075455 (Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá)
Capacity: 35,175 Capacity: 23,112

Draw

The draw took place on November 29, 2016 at 18:00 CST (UTC−6) at El Cubo, Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica, and was streamed live via CONCACAF.com.[5][6]

Different from previous tournaments, the 12 teams were drawn into three groups of four teams in the group stage. Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States were seeded into each of the three groups.

The remaining nine teams were allocated to pots 2–4 designed to ensure balanced and competitive groups weighted equally by region. They were drawn in order and placed in the group position drawn from Pots A, B and C.[5]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

The top two teams from each group in the group stage advance to the classification stage, where the six teams are drawn into two groups of three teams. The positions of each group winner and runner-up from the group stage were then drawn in group pairs, randomly into the two groups (D and E) for the classification stage.

The top two teams from each group in the classification stage qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, with the group winners also advancing to the final to decide the champions of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Squads

Each squad can contain 20 players (including two goalkeepers).

Group stage

The top two teams from each group in the group stage advance to the classification stage.

Tiebreakers (for both group stage and classification stage)

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Greater number of points in matches between the tied teams;
  2. Greater goal difference in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points);
  3. Greater number of goals scored in matches among the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal in points);
  4. Greater goal difference in all group matches;
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches;
  6. Drawing of lots.

All times are local, CST (UTC−6).

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Mexico 3 3 0 0 9 0 +9 9 Classification stage
2  Honduras 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
3  Canada 3 1 0 2 2 6 4 3
4  Antigua and Barbuda 3 0 0 3 1 9 8 0
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Honduras 1–0 Canada
Álvarez  77' Report
Mexico 3–0 Antigua and Barbuda
Cisneros  2', 45+1'
Allen  15' (o.g.)
Report

Antigua and Barbuda 1–4 Honduras
Wildin  57' Report Jar. Stevens  8' (o.g.)
Martínez  47'
Vuelto  60'
Álvarez  83'
Referee: Jafeth Perea (Panama)
Mexico 5–0 Canada
Córdova  36'
Cisneros  40', 65'
Zamudio  82'
Aguirre  90+2'
Report
Referee: Marlon Mejía (El Salvador)

Antigua and Barbuda 0–2 Canada
Report Twardek  23'
Hundal  90'
Mexico 1–0 Honduras
Cisneros  67' Report

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Panama 3 3 0 0 8 1 +7 9 Classification stage
2  United States 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 6
3  Haiti 3 1 0 2 7 8 1 3
4  Saint Kitts and Nevis 3 0 0 3 2 13 11 0
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Saint Kitts and Nevis 1–5 Haiti
Sutton  54' Report Sanon  5'
Chevreuil  24'
Campoy  48'
Désiré  86'
Damus  90+4'
United States 0–1 Panama
Report L. Ávila  37'

Panama 4–0 Saint Kitts and Nevis
Andrade  39'
L. Ávila  48'
R. Ávila  57' (pen.), 65'
Report
Referee: Henry Bejarano (Costa Rica)
United States 4–1 Haiti
Lennon  28' (pen.), 53', 58'
de la Torre  52'
Report Dede  15'
Referee: Valdin Legister (Jamaica)

Panama 3–1 Haiti
R. Ávila  12' (pen.), 73' (pen.)
L. Ávila  88'
Report Désiré  36'
United States 4–1 Saint Kitts and Nevis
Lennon  16'
Lewis  20'
Saucedo  35', 41'
Report Martin  77'

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  El Salvador 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6 Classification stage
2  Costa Rica (H) 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6
3  Trinidad and Tobago 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4  Bermuda 3 0 1 2 3 6 3 1
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Bermuda 1–1 Trinidad and Tobago
Lowe  69' Report St. Hillaire  23'
Referee: Erick Miranda Galindo (Mexico)
Costa Rica 0–1 El Salvador
Report Domínguez  65'

El Salvador 3–1 Bermuda
Domínguez  21'
Castillo  65'
Rivera  67'
Report Burchall  75'
Referee: Melvin Matamoros (Honduras)
Costa Rica 1–0 Trinidad and Tobago
Leal  54' Report
Referee: Kevin Morrison (Jamaica)

El Salvador 1–2 Trinidad and Tobago
Contreras  50' Report Mitchell  47'
St. Hillaire  72'
Referee: Erick Miranda Galindo (Mexico)
Costa Rica 2–1 Bermuda
Tyrell  43' (o.g.)
Leal  50'
Report Lowe  26'

Classification stage

The top two teams from each group in the classification stage qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, with the group winners also advancing to the final to decide the champions of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 6 Final and 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
2  Mexico 2 1 0 1 6 2 +4 3 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
3  El Salvador 2 0 0 2 2 8 6 0
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
United States 1–0 Mexico
Palmer-Brown  29' Report
Referee: Melvin Matamoros (Honduras)

Mexico 6–1 El Salvador
Antuna  10', 16', 89'
Ayala  17' (o.g.)
Aguirre  33'
Cisneros  78' (pen.)
Report Castillo  65'
Referee: Henry Bejarano (Costa Rica)

United States 2–1 El Salvador
Sabbi  18'
Williamson  25'
Report Márquez  35'
Referee: Jafeth Perea (Panama)

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Honduras 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 6 Final and 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
2  Costa Rica (H) 2 0 1 1 2 3 1 1 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
3  Panama 2 0 1 1 1 3 2 1
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Panama 0–2 Honduras
Report Vuelto  6'
Álvarez  81'

Honduras 2–1 Costa Rica
Maldonado  49'
Grant  70'
Report Reyes  47'
Referee: Erick Miranda Galindo (Mexico)

Panama 1–1 Costa Rica
Hinestroza  57' Report Leal  9'

Final

If the final is level at the end of 90 minutes, no extra time is played and the match is decided by a penalty shoot-out.

United States 0–0 Honduras
Report
Penalties
Lennon
Craft
Sabbi
De La Torre
Acosta
5–3 Álvarez
Martínez
Grant
Flores
Referee: Henry Bejarano (Costa Rica)

Awards

Winners

 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Winners 

United States
First title

Individual awards

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.[7]

Golden Ball
Golden Boot
Golden Glove
Fair Play Award

Best XI

Goalscorers

6 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal
  • Vashami Allen (playing against Mexico)
  • Jarmarlie Stevens (playing against Honduras)
  • Tehvan Tyrell (playing against Costa Rica)
  • Walter Ayala (playing against Mexico)

Source: CONCACAF.com[8]

Qualification for international tournaments

Qualified teams for FIFA U-20 World Cup

The following four teams from CONCACAF qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[9]

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1
 United States3 March 201714 (1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2015)
 Honduras1 March 20176 (1977, 1995, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2015)
 Mexico1 March 201714 (1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015)
 Costa Rica3 March 20178 (1989, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2011)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

Qualified teams for Central American and Caribbean Games

The competition was used to decide the two teams from the Caribbean Football Union which would qualify for the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. As none of the five Caribbean teams reached the classification stage, all teams were ranked by their group stage performance.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Trinidad and Tobago 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games
2  Haiti 3 1 0 2 7 8 1 3
3  Bermuda 3 0 1 2 3 6 3 1
4  Antigua and Barbuda 3 0 0 3 1 9 8 0
5  Saint Kitts and Nevis 3 0 0 3 2 13 11 0
Source: CONCACAF

References

  1. Benavides, Evelyn (22 April 2016). "Costa Rica Named Host for 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship". CONCACAF. Archived from the original on 30 April 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  2. "SISTEMAS DE CLASIFICACIÓN" (PDF). Baq2018.com. 6 October 2016. p. 67. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  3. "Suspension of the Guatemala Football Association". FIFA. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  4. "Deadlines Set for FEDEFUT". CONCACAF.com. 9 November 2016.
  5. "Field Set and Official Draw Confirmed for CONCACAF Under-20 Championship Costa Rica 2017". CONCACAF. 22 November 2016. Archived from the original on 23 November 2016.
  6. "Draw Determines Groups and Schedule for Under-20 Championship 2017". CONCACAF.com. 29 November 2016. Archived from the original on 2017-12-13. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  7. "TSG announces CU20 Best XI, Awards". CONCACAF.com. March 8, 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  8. "CONCACAF Under-20 Championship — Statistics". CONCACAF.com. Archived from the original on 2017-10-30. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  9. "CONCACAF quartet set for Korea Republic". FIFA.com. 4 March 2017.
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