2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

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2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.jpg
Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
CityBradenton, Florida
DatesNovember 1–21, 2018
Teams34
Venue(s)4 (in 1 host city)
Tournament statistics
Matches played84
Goals scored390 (4.64 per match)
Top scorer(s)Mexico José Macías
(10 goals)
2017
2020
All statistics correct as of 16 November 2018.

The 2018 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship will be the 6th edition of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship (27th edition if all eras included), the men's under-20 international football tournament organized by CONCACAF. It will be hosted at Bradenton, Florida, United States between 1–21 November 2018.

A new format was announced, removing the regional Central American and Caribbean qualifiers and guaranteeing each entrant a minimum of four competitive games.[1]

The competition will determine the four CONCACAF representatives at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.[1] It will also determine the CONCACAF teams playing at the 2019 Pan American Games men's football tournament in Lima, Peru.[2] The United States, Mexico, and Panama have qualified as of November 16, 2108.

The United States are the defending champions.

Teams[edit]

Unlike previous tournament, there was no qualification for this edition, and a total of 34 teams (out of 41 CONCACAF members) directly entered the final tournament.[1][3] Among them are all three members of the North American Football Union (NAFU), all seven members of the Central American Football Union (UNCAF), and 24 (out of 31) members of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU).

Zone Team Appearance Previous best performance Previous FIFA U-20 World Cup appearances
NAFU  Canada 23rd Champions (1986, 1996) 8
 Mexico 26th Champions (1962, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1990, 1992, 2011, 2013, 2015) 15
 United States (title holders & hosts) 24th Champions (2017) 15
UNCAF  Belize 2nd First round (1994) 0
 Costa Rica 20th Champions (1988, 2009) 9
 El Salvador 17th Champions (1964) 1
 Guatemala 19th Runners-up (1962, 1973) 1
 Honduras 19th Champions (1982, 1994) 7
 Nicaragua 9th Second round (1976) 0
 Panama 11th Runners-up (2015) 5
CFU  Antigua and Barbuda 4th First round (1980, 1986, 2017) 0
 Aruba 2nd First round (2015) 0
 Barbados 6th First round (1976, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1990) 0
 Bermuda 13th Second round (1974, 1980) 0
 Cayman Islands 1st Debut 0
 Cuba 13th Runners-up (1970, 1974) 1
 Curaçao[a] 13th Third place (1962) 0
 Dominica 1st Debut 0
 Dominican Republic 5th Second round (1976) 0
 Grenada 4th First round (1978, 1980, 1990) 0
 Guadeloupe[b] 3rd First round (1992, 2011) 0
 Guyana 3rd Second round (1984) 0
 Haiti 9th Second round (1978) 0
 Jamaica 20th Third place (1970) 1
 Martinique[b] 3rd First round (1994, 1996) 0
 Puerto Rico 8th First round (1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 2013) 0
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 3rd First round (2007, 2017) 0
 Saint Lucia 1st Debut 0
 Saint Martin[b] 1st Debut 0
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1st Debut 0
 Sint Maarten[b] 1st Debut 0
 Suriname 6th First round (1976, 1980, 1986, 1990, 2011) 0
 Trinidad and Tobago 20th Runners-up (1990) 2
 U.S. Virgin Islands 1st Debut 0
Notes
  1. ^ Includes appearances as the Netherlands Antilles.
  2. ^ a b c d Non-FIFA members and thus ineligible to play in the qualification stage.
Did not enter

Venues[edit]

Matches will be at played at four stadiums in the IMG Academy:

  • IMG Academy Stadium
  • IMG Soccer Stadium
  • IMG Soccer Complex Field #2
  • IMG Soccer Complex Field #11
Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap 
Download coordinates as: KML · GPX
Bradenton, Florida
IMG Academy
27°26′27″N 82°36′29″W / 27.4409°N 82.6081°W / 27.4409; -82.6081 (IMG Academy)
Capacity: 5,000
IMG Academy is located in the US
IMG Academy

Draw[edit]

The draw for the final tournament was held on 13 September 2018, 10:00 EDT (UTC−4), at the CONCACAF Headquarters in Miami.[4] Based on the Concacaf Men's Under-20 Ranking, the top six ranked teams were seeded into position one of each group, while the remaining 28 teams were distributed in five pots as follows:[3]

Seeded teams Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5

The 34 teams were drawn into six groups: four groups of six teams and two groups of five teams. The winners from each group in the group stage advance to the qualification stage, where the six teams are divided into two groups of three teams (winners of Groups A, C and E in one group, winners of Groups B, D and F in another group). The top two teams from each group in the qualification stage qualify for the 2019 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[edit]

Players born on or after 1 January 1999 are eligible to compete. Each team must submit a provisional 35-player roster (4 must be goalkeepers) and a final 20-player roster (2 must be goalkeepers). After the completion of the group stage, a team advancing to the qualification stage may replace up to six players with those from the provisional roster.[5]

Group stage[edit]

The winners of each group in the group stage advance to the qualification stage. If the winners of a group is a non-FIFA member, the highest-ranked FIFA member in the group advances to the qualification stage (Regulations Article 12.9).[5]

Tiebreakers (both group stage and qualification stage)

Teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). The rankings of teams in each group are determined as follows (regulations Articles 12.5 and 12.8):[5]

  1. points obtained in all group matches;
  2. goal difference in all group matches;
  3. number of goals scored in all group matches;

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings are determined as followed:

  1. points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. fair play points in all group matches:
    • first yellow card: minus 1 point;
    • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points;
    • direct red card: minus 4 points;
    • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points;
  5. drawing of lots by CONCACAF.

All times are local, EDT (UTC−4) up to 3 November, EST (UTC−5) starting 4 November.[6]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States (H) 5 5 0 0 39 2 +37 15 Qualification stage
2  Suriname 5 3 0 2 18 12 +6 9
3  Puerto Rico 5 3 0 2 16 15 +1 9
4  Trinidad and Tobago 5 3 0 2 12 11 +1 9
5  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 5 1 0 4 8 15 −7 3
6  U.S. Virgin Islands 5 0 0 5 2 40 −38 0
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Trinidad and Tobago 3–2 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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Suriname 13–2 U.S. Virgin Islands
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United States 7–1 Puerto Rico
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Puerto Rico 1–5 Trinidad and Tobago
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1–2 Suriname
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U.S. Virgin Islands 0–13 United States
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3–0 U.S. Virgin Islands
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Suriname 1–2 Puerto Rico
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United States 6–1 Trinidad and Tobago
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Puerto Rico 8–0 U.S. Virgin Islands
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Trinidad and Tobago 0–2 Suriname
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0–6 United States
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Puerto Rico 4–2 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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U.S. Virgin Islands 0–3 Trinidad and Tobago
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United States 7–0 Suriname
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Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Mexico 5 4 1 0 31 2 +29 13 Qualification stage
2  Jamaica 5 4 1 0 24 3 +21 13
3  Grenada 5 2 0 3 7 14 −7 6
4  Nicaragua 5 2 0 3 4 13 −9 6
5  Aruba 5 1 1 3 6 20 −14 4
6  Saint Martin[a] 5 0 1 4 3 23 −20 1
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Non-FIFA members and thus ineligible to play in the qualification stage.
Aruba 1–1 Saint Martin
Report
Mexico 7–0 Nicaragua
Report
Jamaica 1–0 Grenada
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Grenada 0–3 Aruba
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Nicaragua 0–3 Jamaica
Report
Saint Martin 0–4 Mexico
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Grenada 5–2 Saint Martin
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Aruba 1–2 Nicaragua
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Mexico 2–2 Jamaica
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Nicaragua 2–0 Saint Martin
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Jamaica 7–1 Aruba
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Grenada 0–8 Mexico
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Nicaragua 0–2 Grenada
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Saint Martin 0–11 Jamaica
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Mexico 10–0 Aruba
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Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Honduras 5 5 0 0 30 5 +25 15 Qualification stage
2  Cuba 5 4 0 1 19 5 +14 12
3  Dominican Republic 5 3 0 2 23 10 +13 9
4  Antigua and Barbuda 5 2 0 3 10 11 −1 6
5  Belize 5 1 0 4 5 19 −14 3
6  Sint Maarten[a] 5 0 0 5 4 41 −37 0
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Non-FIFA members and thus ineligible to play in the qualification stage.
Cuba 6–1 Belize
Report
Antigua and Barbuda 6–1 Sint Maarten
Report
Honduras 7–1 Dominican Republic
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Dominican Republic 1–2 Cuba
Report
Belize 0–1 Antigua and Barbuda
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Sint Maarten 0–12 Honduras
Report

Belize 4–2 Sint Maarten
Report
Antigua and Barbuda 0–3 Dominican Republic
Report
Honduras 3–1 Cuba
Report

Dominican Republic 12–1 Sint Maarten
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Belize 0–4 Honduras
Report
Cuba 3–0 Antigua and Barbuda
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Dominican Republic 6–0 Belize
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Sint Maarten 0–7 Cuba
Report
Honduras 4–3 Antigua and Barbuda
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Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Panama 5 5 0 0 17 3 +14 15 Qualification stage
2  Canada 5 3 0 2 10 6 +4 9
3  Guadeloupe[a] 5 3 0 2 9 8 +1 9
4  Dominica 5 2 0 3 5 14 −9 6
5  Saint Kitts and Nevis 5 1 0 4 7 10 −3 3
6  Martinique[a] 5 1 0 4 4 11 −7 3
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Non-FIFA members and thus ineligible to play in the qualification stage.
Saint Kitts and Nevis 0–1 Martinique
Report
Panama 4–0 Guadeloupe
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Canada 4–0 Dominica
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Guadeloupe 1–2 Canada
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Dominica 3–2 Saint Kitts and Nevis
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Martinique 1–5 Panama
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Dominica 2–1 Martinique
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Saint Kitts and Nevis 2–3 Guadeloupe
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Panama 2–1 Canada
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Guadeloupe 2–0 Martinique
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Canada 1–2 Saint Kitts and Nevis
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Dominica 0–4 Panama
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Guadeloupe 3–0 Dominica
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Martinique 1–2 Canada
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Panama 2–1 Saint Kitts and Nevis
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Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Costa Rica 4 4 0 0 14 0 +14 12 Qualification stage
2  Haiti 4 3 0 1 9 1 +8 9
3  Saint Lucia 4 2 0 2 3 8 −5 6
4  Barbados 4 0 1 3 1 8 −7 1
5  Bermuda 4 0 1 3 0 10 −10 1
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Haiti 1–0 Saint Lucia
Report
Costa Rica 5–0 Bermuda
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Bermuda 0–4 Haiti
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Barbados 0–2 Costa Rica
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Saint Lucia 2–1 Barbados
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Costa Rica 1–0 Haiti
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Saint Lucia 1–0 Bermuda
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Haiti 4–0 Barbados
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Barbados 0–0 Bermuda
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Saint Lucia 0–6 Costa Rica
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Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  El Salvador 4 3 0 1 7 5 +2 9 Qualification stage
2  Guatemala 4 2 1 1 10 5 +5 7
3  Curaçao 4 2 0 2 10 10 0 6
4  Cayman Islands 4 1 1 2 8 11 −3 4
5  Guyana 4 1 0 3 7 11 −4 3
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Guatemala 4–0 Guyana
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El Salvador 2–1 Curaçao
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Curaçao 1–3 Guatemala
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Cayman Islands 1–3 El Salvador
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Guyana 2–3 Cayman Islands
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El Salvador 2–1 Guatemala
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Guyana 3–4 Curaçao
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Guatemala 2–2 Cayman Islands
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Cayman Islands 2–4 Curaçao
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Guyana 2–0 El Salvador
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Qualification stage[edit]

The top two teams of each group in the qualification stage qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, with the winners of each group also advancing to the final to decide the champions of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States (X) 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 3 Final and 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
2  Honduras 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
3  Costa Rica (Y) 2 0 1 1 1 5 −4 1
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2018. Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Qualification stage tiebreakers
(X) Qualified for FIFA U-20 World Cup; (Y) Cannot reach final, but can still qualify for FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Honduras 1–1 Costa Rica
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United States 4–0 Costa Rica
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Honduras v United States
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Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Mexico (X) 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3[a] Final and 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
1  Panama (X) 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3[a] 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
3  El Salvador (E) 2 0 0 2 0 2 −2 0
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2018. Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Qualification stage tiebreakers
(E) Eliminated; (X) Qualified for FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Fair play points: Mexico −1, Panama −1.
Panama 1–0 El Salvador
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Mexico 1–0 El Salvador
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Panama v Mexico
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Final[edit]

In the final, if the match is level at the end of 90 minutes, extra time is played, and if still tied after extra time, the match is decided by a penalty shoot-out (Regulations Article 12.10).[5]

Group G winnervGroup H winner
Report

Goalscorers[edit]

There have been 390 goals scored in 84 matches, for an average of 4.64 goals per match. Players highlighted in bold are still active in the competition.

10 goals

7 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Qualification for international tournaments[edit]

Qualified teams for FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

The following four teams from CONCACAF qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[7]

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA U-20 World Cup1
 Mexico 16 November 2018 15 (1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
 Panama 16 November 2018 5 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2015)
 United States 16 November 2018 15 (1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017)
TBD 19 November 2018
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Qualified teams for Pan American Games[edit]

The tournament will be used to determine the four teams from CONCACAF which qualify for the 2019 Pan American Games men's football tournament. The top team from each of the three zones will qualify, with the fourth team to be determined by CONCACAF at a later date.[2]

Team Zone Qualified on Previous appearances in Pan American Games2
 Jamaica CFU 10 November 2018 4 (1971, 1975, 1999, 2007)
TBD NAFU 19 November 2018 or 21 November 2018
TBD UNCAF 19 November 2018 or 21 November 2018
TBD TBD TBD
2 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Controversy[edit]

Cuban defectors[edit]

Twelve of the Cuban players (Arturo Hector Godoy, Bruno Manuel Rendon Cardoso, Christopher Yoel Llorente Fernandez, Danny Echeverria Diaz Frank Leidam Nodarse Chavez, Geobel Perez Oquendo, Josue Vega Alvarez, Juan Manuel Andreus Milanes, Omar Perez Ramirez Omar Proenza Calderon, Rivaldo Ibarra Thompson, Rolando Aldahir Oviendo Valdez and Yandri Romero Clark.) opted to stay in United States following the team's exit from the competition.[8]

Visa issues[edit]

Octavio Rodríguez, the assistant coach of the Guatemalan staff team and four players; Carlos Orellana (Guastatoya), Carlos Monterroso (Municipal), Nelso Iván García (Communications) and Luis Francisco Estrada (Siquinalá) were denied visas to participate in the tournament.[9] A further seven players from Honduras were also denied visas.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Concacaf to Host Record Number of Teams in November for Its Redesigned Under-20 Championship". concacaf-web-prod.corebine.com. CONCACAF. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Qualification System manual" (PDF). www.panamsports.org/. Pan American Sports Organization. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Draw Confirmed for the 2018 Concacaf Men's Under-20 Championship". CONCACAF.com. 14 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Draw Reveals Groups for the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship". CONCACAF.com. 13 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d "2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Regulations" (PDF). CONCACAF.
  6. ^ "Schedule" (PDF). CONCACAF.com.
  7. ^ "CONCACAF trio secure tickets to Poland 2019". FIFA.com. 17 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Doce futbolistas del equipo Cuba sub-20 se quedan en Estados Unidos". CiberCuba (in Spanish). 12 November 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Patojos sin visa a pocos días del Premundial Sub 20 de CONCACAF | La Red". La Red (in Spanish). 18 October 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Embajada de Estados Unidos niega la visa a siete jugadores de Honduras - Diez - Diario Deportivo". Diez - Diario Deportivo (in Spanish). 2 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.

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