2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

The 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship was an association football tournament that took place from 9 to 24 January 2015 in Jamaica. It determined the four CONCACAF teams that would participate at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.[1]

2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
Campeonato Sub-20 de CONCACAF (in Spanish)
2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.png
Tournament details
Host countryJamaica
Dates9–24 January
Teams12 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Mexico (13th title)
Runners-up Panama
Third place Honduras
 United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played33
Goals scored102 (3.09 per match)
Top scorer(s)Mexico Hirving Lozano
United States Romain Gall
(5 goals each)
Best player(s)Panama Luís Pereira
Best goalkeeperPanama Jaime De Gracia
Fair play award United States
2013
2017

QualificationEdit

Team Qualification Appearances Previous best performances FIFA U-20 World Cup
Participations
North American zone
  Canada Automatic 21st Champions (1986, 1996) 8
  Mexico (TH) Automatic 24th Champions (1962, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1990, 1992, 2011, 2013) 13
  United States Automatic 22nd Runners-up (1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013) 13
Central American zone qualified through the Central America qualifying
  Panama First place 9th Fourth place (2011) 4
  El Salvador Second place 15th Champions (1964) 1
  Honduras Third place 17th Champions (1982, 1994) 5
  Guatemala Fourth place 18th Runners-up (1962, 1973) 1
Caribbean zone qualified through the Caribbean qualifying
  Jamaica Host 19th Third Place (1970) 1
  Trinidad and Tobago Group A winner 18th Runners-up (1990) 2
  Cuba Group A runner-up 12th Runners-up (1970, 1974) 1
  Haiti Group B winner 7th Second Round (1978) 0
  Aruba Group B runner-up 1st 0

Note: no titles or runners-up between 1998 and 2007.
Bold indicates that the corresponding team was hosting the event.

VenuesEdit

In March 2014, Enrique Sanz invited nations to bid for the hosting rights of the tournament. The deadline for submissions was 14 April 2014.[2] On 23 July, it was announced that Jamaica would be the host nation.[3]

Kingston Montego Bay
Independence Park Montego Bay Sports Complex
Capacity: 35,000 Capacity: 7,000
 

New formatEdit

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. For this tournament, there was two groups of six teams, each team played a minimum of five games and the competition had a total of 33 matches. CONCACAF stated that the new format would aid development and competition.[3]

The knockout phase, which included eight matches, comprised four quarter finals, two semi-finals, a third-place playoff and a final games was replaced with two playoff games and a final.

DrawEdit

The draw took place on 30 October at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica.[4]

On 28 October 2014, CONCACAF announced the procedure of the draw.[5] The 12 teams were divided into three differing pots:

Pot Teams
Pot 1 (Caribbean)
Pot 2 (Central America)
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 Jamaica were assigned to position A1. Teams were grouped according to the order in which they were drawn, the odd numbered drawn teams were assigned a position from Pot A (Group A) and the even numbered draws were assigned a position from Pot B (Group B).[5]

SquadsEdit

Only players born on or after 1 January 1995 were eligible to play in the tournament. Each participating national association were required to provide a provisional list of 20-30 players to CONCACAF before 10 December 2014, and a final 20-man selection was required by 30 December 2014.[6]

Group stageEdit

All times local: UTC−05:00.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Panama 5 5 0 0 9 0 +9 15 Final and 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup
2   United States 5 3 1 1 12 2 +10 10 Playoff stage
3   Guatemala 5 3 1 1 6 2 +4 10
4   Trinidad and Tobago 5 1 1 3 7 7 0 4
5   Jamaica (H) 5 0 2 3 2 7 −5 2
6   Aruba 5 0 1 4 1 19 −18 1
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host
Aruba  0–4  Panama
Report Díaz   19'51'
Zorrilla   30'
Samms   36'
United States  1–1  Guatemala
Carter-Vickers   59' Report Ruiz   90'
Jamaica  2–2  Trinidad and Tobago
Smith   68'
Flemmings   90+4'
Report Andrews   7'
Corbin   15'

Trinidad and Tobago  5–1  Aruba
Mitchell   3'78' (pen.)
Andrews   16'
Corbin   29' (pen.)
Muckette   58'
Report Homoet   90+2'
Panama  1–0  United States
Small   78' Report
Jamaica  0–1  Guatemala
Report Robles   27'

Guatemala  2–0  Trinidad and Tobago
Watson   25' (o.g.)
Portillo   88'
Report
Aruba  0–8  United States
Report Gall   16'23' (pen.)32'
Spencer   18'
Thompson   26'
Hyndman   30'
Jamieson   48'
Moreno   84'
Jamaica  0–2  Panama
Report Samms   56'
Díaz   86'

Panama  1–0  Trinidad and Tobago
Murillo   78' Report
Guatemala  2–0  Aruba
Estrada   42'
Bordon   60'
Report
Jamaica  0–2  United States
Report Gall   33' (pen.)70' (pen.)

Panama  1–0  Guatemala
Díaz   65' Report
United States  1–0  Trinidad and Tobago
Jamieson   78' Report
Jamaica  0–0  Aruba
Report

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Mexico 5 4 1 0 18 3 +15 13 Final and 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup
2   Honduras 5 3 1 1 11 9 +2 10 Playoff stage
3   El Salvador 5 2 2 1 9 8 +1 8
4   Cuba 5 1 1 3 5 17 −12 4
5   Canada 5 1 0 4 8 11 −3 3
6   Haiti 5 0 3 2 7 10 −3 3
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Mexico  9–1  Cuba
Díaz   1'20'
Martínez   6'65' (pen.)
Lozano   37'40'
Ramírez   42'47'
Márquez   70'
Report Sanamé   3'
Honduras  2–2  El Salvador
Róchez   6' (pen.)
Elis   28'
Report Barahona   84'
Villavicencio   90' (pen.)
Haiti  1–3  Canada
Désiré   29' Report Hamilton   11'18'
Petrasso   70' (pen.)

Canada  0–2  Mexico
Report Lozano   30'
Pineda   90+2'
Cuba  0–3  Honduras
Report Elis   60'
Suazo   65'
Benavidez   83'
El Salvador  1–1  Haiti
Villavicencio   27' Report Désiré   89' (pen.)

El Salvador  3–2  Canada
Pérez   43'
Villavicencio   77'
Hernández   90+4'
Report Boakai   47'
Froese   79'
Mexico  3–0  Honduras
Díaz   15' (pen.)
Lozano   31'
Guzmán   89'
Report
Haiti  2–2  Cuba
Fernander   57'
Cherenfant   79'
Report Caballero   28'
Torres   90+2'

Cuba  2–1  Canada
López   5'40' Report Farmer   53'
El Salvador  1–3  Mexico
Moreno   89' Report Ramírez   62'
Díaz   65'
Lozano   68' (pen.)
Haiti  2–3  Honduras
Désiré   40'69' Report Elis   5'
Chirinos   38'
Róchez   72'

Cuba  0–2  El Salvador
Report Barahona   57'87'
Honduras  3–2  Canada
Róchez   23'83'
Castillo   68'
Report Bustos   19'
Hamilton   41'
Haiti  1–1  Mexico
Saint-Vil   53' Report Laínez   39'

Final stageEdit

In the final stage, if a match was level at the end of normal playing time, extra time was played (two periods of fifteen minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner.[6]

Playoff stageEdit

The second-and third-place teams from each group were 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.

Seed Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 A   United States 5 3 1 1 12 2 +10 10
2 A   Guatemala 5 3 1 1 6 2 +4 10
3 B   Honduras 5 3 1 1 11 9 +2 10
4 B   El Salvador 5 2 2 1 9 8 +1 8
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Guatemala  1–2  Honduras
Álvarez   74' Report Chirinos   39'
Elis   56'

United States  2–0  El Salvador
Spencer   37'
Arriola   68'
Report

Honduras and the United States qualified to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

FinalEdit

Panama  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Mexico
Escobar   73' (pen.) Report Martínez   50'
Penalties
Díaz  
Escobar  
Samms  
Small  
2–4   Martínez
  Díaz
  Aguirre
  Robles

Both Mexico and Panama qualified to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

AwardsEdit

Golden Ball
Golden Boot

The award was shared.[7]

  •   Romain Gall
  •   Hirving Lozano
Golden Glove
Fair Play Award
Best XI

Top goal scorersEdit

Players with three or more goals:[8]

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals

Final RankingEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1   Mexico 6 4 2 0 19 4 +15 14 Champions
2   Panama 6 5 1 0 10 1 +9 16 Runners-up
3   United States 6 4 1 1 14 2 +12 13 Won in
Qualifying Round
4   Honduras 6 4 1 1 13 10 +3 13
5   Guatemala 6 3 1 2 7 4 +3 10 Lost in
Qualifying Round
6   El Salvador 6 2 2 2 9 10 −1 8
7   Trinidad and Tobago 5 1 1 3 7 7 0 4 Eliminated in
Group stage
8   Cuba 5 1 1 3 5 17 −12 4
9   Canada 5 1 0 4 8 11 −3 3
10   Haiti 5 0 3 2 7 10 −3 3
11   Jamaica (H) 5 0 2 3 2 7 −5 2
12   Aruba 5 0 1 4 1 19 −18 1
Source: CONCACAF.com
(H) Host

Note: Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-out are counted as draws.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup: Qualifiers". fifa.com. Archived from the original on 6 June 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Costa Rica podría ser sede de un torneo juvenil de CONCACAF". Federación Costarricense de Fútbol. 27 March 2014. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Jamaica Set to Host CONCACAF Under-20 Championships in January". CONCACAF.com. 23 July 2014. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Under-20 Championship draw held in Montego Bay". CONCACAF.com. 30 October 2014. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014.
  5. ^ a b "U-20 Championship draw Thursday in Montego Bay". CONCACAF.com. 28 October 2014. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  6. ^ a b "2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship Regulations". CONCACAF (via issuu.com). 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d "TSG announces CU20 Best XI, Awards". CONCACAF. 25 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 October 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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