CONCACAF Under-20 Championship

The CONCACAF Under-20 Championship is the second longest running international association football event in the North America, Central America and the Caribbean region, CONCACAF, and is the qualification tournament for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The format of the tournament has undergone changes over the years. The tournament proper is currently played with a first round of four round-robin groups from which the top two sides from each group advance to a single-elimination championship round.

CONCACAF Under-20 Championship
Founded1962
RegionNorth America (CONCACAF)
Number of teams35
Current champions United States (5th title)
Most successful team(s) Mexico (13 titles)
WebsiteCONCACAF
2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Results

CONCACAF Youth Tournaments era
YearHostChampionsRunners-upThird placeFourth place
1962 Panama Mexico Guatemala Netherlands Antilles Costa Rica
1964 Guatemala El Salvador Honduras Guatemala Netherlands Antilles
1970 Cuba Mexico Cuba Jamaica El Salvador
1973 Mexico Mexico Guatemala Cuba Canada
1974 Canada Mexico Cuba Trinidad and Tobago
1976 Puerto Rico Mexico Honduras United States Guatemala
1978 Honduras Mexico Canada Honduras Costa Rica
1980 United States Mexico United States
1982 Guatemala Honduras United States Costa Rica Guatemala
1984 Trinidad and Tobago Mexico Canada El Salvador United States
1986 Trinidad and Tobago Canada United States Trinidad and Tobago Cuba
1988 Guatemala Costa Rica Mexico United States Cuba
1990 Guatemala Mexico Trinidad and Tobago United States Guatemala
1992 Canada Mexico United States Canada Honduras
1994 Honduras Honduras Costa Rica Canada El Salvador
1996 Mexico Canada Mexico United States Costa Rica
FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament era
The format of the tournament was changed beginning with the 1998 tournament and ending with the 2007 tournament. In the five tournaments during that time the top eight teams in the region were divided into two groups of four, each group hosted by a separate nation, and the top two sides from each group qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. There was no championship round within the CONCACAF region. The tournament served solely to qualify the four allotments given to CONCACAF by FIFA for the U-20 World Cup.
YearHostChampionsRunners-up
1998 Guatemala (Group A) United States Costa Rica
Trinidad (Group B) Mexico Honduras
2001 Canada (Group A) Costa Rica United States
Trinidad (Group B) Canada Jamaica
2003 Panama (Group A) Panama Mexico
United States (Group B) Canada United States
2005 Honduras (Group A) United States Panama
United States (Group B) Canada Honduras
2007 Panama (Group A) United States Panama
Mexico (Group B) Mexico Costa Rica
CONCACAF U-20 Championship era
Beginning with the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup tournament, the CONCACAF region returned to a championship-style tournament in which all four semifinalists qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. [1] The reintroduction of a championship round was done to reinvigorate the competition.
YearHostChampionsRunners-upThird placeFourth place
2009 Trinidad and Tobago Costa Rica United States Honduras Trinidad and Tobago
2011 Guatemala Mexico Costa Rica Guatemala Panama
2013 Mexico Mexico United States El Salvador Cuba
The competition changed its format in 2015. The two group winners would secure a place in the final and the U-20 World Cup, the groups' second and third placed teams would compete in a repechage play-off to determine the qualifiers for the U-20 World Cup. The number of guaranteed games per team was increased from 2 to 5 and the semi-final stage was removed.
YearHostChampionsRunners-upPlay-off winners
2015 Jamaica Mexico Panama United States Honduras
The competition changed its format again in 2017. A second group stage was added, with the winners and runners-up of this stage qualifying for the U-20 World Cup and the winners securing a place in the final.
YearHostChampionsRunners-upGroup runners-up
2017 Costa Rica United States Honduras Mexico Costa Rica
2018 United States United States Mexico Honduras Panama

Winners by country

Team Titles Runners-up
 Mexico 13 (1962, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1990, 1992, 2011, 2013, 2015) 3 (1988, 1996, 2018)
 United States 2 (2017, 2018) 6 (1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013)
 Honduras 2 (1982, 1994) 3 (1964, 1976, 2017)
 Canada 2 (1986, 1996) 2 (1978, 1984)
 Costa Rica 2 (1988, 2009) 2 (1994, 2011)
 El Salvador 1 (1964)
 Guatemala 2 (1962, 1973)
 Cuba 2 (1970, 1974)
 Panama 1 (2015)
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 (1990)

Note: no titles or runners-up between 1998 and 2007.

Participating nations

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • SF – Semifinals[lower-alpha 1]
  • 5th – Fifth place[lower-alpha 2]
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • GS – Group stage
  • R1 – First round (1st Group stage)
  • R2 – Second round (2nd Group stage)
  • q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •      Hosts
  •    – Did not qualify
  •  ×  – Did not enter
  •  ×  – Withdrew before qualification
  •     Withdrew/Disqualified after qualification
  •     Team did not exist
  •     Not part of CONCACAF
Team
1962
(9)

1964
(9)

1970
(5)

1973
(6)

1974
(12)

1976
(15)

1978
(13)

1980
(18)
Total
North American Football Union (NAFU) members
 Canada × × × 4th QF R2 2nd SF 5
 Mexico 1st GS 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 8
 United States × GS × × QF 3rd R2 2nd 5
Central American Football Union (UNCAF) members
 Costa Rica 4th × × × GS × 4th GS 4
 El Salvador GS 1st 4th × × R1 R2 GS 6
 Guatemala 2nd 3rd × 2nd GS 4th × QF 6
 Honduras GS 2nd × × × 2nd 3rd SF 5
 Nicaragua GS GS × GS GS R2 × × 5
 Panama GS GS × × × × × × 2
Caribbean Football Union (CFU) members
 Antigua and Barbuda ? × × × × GS 1
 Barbados × × × R1 × GS 2
 Bermuda 5th × QF R1 R1 QF 5
 Cuba × × 2nd 3rd 2nd × × QF 4
 Dominican Republic × × × GS R2 R1 GS 4
 Grenada R1 GS 2
 Haiti GS × × × × × R2 × 2
 Jamaica GS 3rd × GS R1 × GS 5
 Netherlands Antilles 3rd 4th × GS × R1 R1 QF 6
 Puerto Rico × × × GS R1 R1 GS 4
 Suriname × × × × × R1 × GS 2
 Trinidad and Tobago × × × 3rd R2 R2 GS 4
Notes
  1. The third-place match was not played in 1980.
  2. 1970 was played as a round-robin tournament between five teams.

Overall statistics

As of 2017.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Mexico 11686191129768229219
2  United States 10762182721593122169
3  Honduras 825113181537776129
4  Canada 924617291749866129
5  Costa Rica 784514191747995126
6  Guatemala 8127153988117−2976
7  El Salvador 6825142910096472
8  Trinidad and Tobago 7420213389126−3765
9  Panama 31176847351254
10  Cuba 531812235273−2153
11  Jamaica 6411153857119−6243
12  Netherlands Antilles 41106253697−6126
13  Bermuda 3584234681−3520
14  Haiti 2445152653−2715
15  Suriname 145092027−710
16  Nicaragua 2626181483−6910
17  Guyana 9207620−144
18  Antigua and Barbuda 8125723−164
19  Dominican Republic 1420121059−494
20  Martinique 6105618−123
21  Barbados 1611141446−323
22  Puerto Rico 161015579−742
23  Saint Kitts and Nevis 301236−31
24  Aruba 5014119−181
25  Grenada 8017532−271
26  Curaçao 200215−40
27  Guadeloupe 4004312−90
28  Belize 3003317−140

Qualifications by country

Number of FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifications by country.

NationNo.Qualifying years
 United States161981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
 Mexico161977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
 Costa Rica91989, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2017
 Canada81979, 1985, 1987, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
 Honduras81977, 1995, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2015, 2017, 2019
 Panama62003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019
 Trinidad and Tobago21991, 2009
 Jamaica12001
 Guatemala12011
 El Salvador12013
 Cuba12013

FIFA U-20 World Cup performances

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R2 – Round 2
  • R1 – Round 1
  •      – Hosts
  • q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
Team
1977

1979

1981

1983

1985

1987

1989

1991

1993

1995

1997

1999

2001

2003

2005

2007

2009

2011

2013

2015

2017

2019

2021
Total
 CanadaR1R1R1R2R1QFR1R18
 Costa RicaR1R1R1R2R2R14thR2R29
 CubaR11
 El SalvadorR11
 GuatemalaR21
 HondurasR1R1R1R1R1R1R1R18
 JamaicaR11
 Mexico2ndR1R1R1QFQFQFR2QFR1QF3rdR2R1QFR116
 PanamaR1R1R1R1R1R26
 Trinidad and TobagoR1R12
 United StatesR1R1R14thQFR2R2R2QFR2QFR1R1QFQFQF16

Player awards

Year MVP Lead Goalscorer Best Goalkeeper Fair Play Award Source
2009 Randy Edwini-Bonsu

Josué Martínez
Roger Rojas (3 goals)

[2]
2011 Joel Campbell (6 goals) [3]
2013 Antonio Briseño Amet Ramírez (4 goals) Richard Sánchez  El Salvador [4]
2015 Luís Pereira Hirving Lozano
Romain Gall (5 goals)
Jaime De Gracia  United States [5]
2017 Erik Palmer-Brown Ronaldo Cisneros (6 goals) Jonathan Klinsmann  Mexico [6]

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Country Year(s) U-20 Goals
1José Alvarado El Salvador19946
1Joel Campbell Costa Rica20116
1Ronaldo Cisneros Mexico20176
4Jewison Bennet Costa Rica19945
4Orvin Cabrera Honduras19945
4Steve Green Jamaica19945
4David Xausa Canada19945
4Hirving Lozano Mexico20155
4Romain Gall USA20155
10Ryan Gyaki Canada20054
10Freddy Adu USA2005–20074
10Ulises Dávila Mexico20114
10Cecilio Waterman Panama20114
10Amet Ramírez Panama20134
10Jonel Désiré Haiti20154
10Alberth Elis Honduras20154
10Bryan Róchez Honduras20154
10Alejandro Díaz Mexico20154
10Ismael Díaz Panama20154

Title winning coaches

Year Name
2009 Rónald González Brenes
2011 Juan Carlos Chávez
2013 Sergio Almaguer[7]
2015 Sergio Almaguer
2017 Tab Ramos

See also

References

  1. CONCACAF.com – Trinidad & Tobago to stage CONCACAF U-20 Championship in March Archived 2009-01-01 at the Wayback Machine – 2008-11-11
  2. "Technical Report – 2009 Tournament" (pdf). concacaf.com. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  3. "Technical Report – 2011 Tournament" (pdf). issuu.com. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  4. "Technical Report – 2013 Tournament" (PDF). concacaf.com. Archived from the original (pdf) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  5. "TSG announces CU20 Best XI, Awards". concacaf.com. 25 January 2015.
  6. "TSG announces CU20 Best XI, Awards". CONCACAF. Archived from the original on 2017-03-12. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  7. "Under 20s – Men". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-01-25.
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