The path is now set for Canada’s Men’s U-20 Team towards the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 as the draw for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship took place on Thursday.
Canada will play out of Group B in the 12-team tournament alongside Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, and Haiti in a group based in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Four FIFA U-20 World Cup spots will be awarded in the competition. The new tournament format sees the teams divided up into two groups of six with both group winners winning FIFA U-20 World Cup berths while advancing to the tournament final with the second and third placed teams in each group will play-off for the other two berths.
“It’s a difficult group with teams of great pedigree,” said Head Coach Rob Gale, who will be leading Canada into his first CONCACAF U-20 Championships as Head Coach. “It looks as if teams could all take points off each other in this challenging five games in nine days format.”
Canada opens the competition on Saturday 10 January against Haiti. Two days later they’ll take on CONCACAF powerhouses Mexico. After that, the team has two days off before its game against El Salvador on 15 January.
It’s back to Caribbean opposition on 19 January when Canada takes on Cuba before wrapping up the group stage on 22 January against Honduras. All of Canada’s games will be played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
“We are pleased to be in Montego Bay and Canada teams have enjoyed success here in recent years so we hope to emulate that,” said Gale. “It will be a great challenge but terrific experience for our young lads in their continued development with team Canada.”
The tournament final and playoff games take place on Sunday 25 January.