2020 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship

The 2020 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship was the 10th edition of the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship, the biennial international youth football championship organized by CONCACAF for the women's under-20 national teams of the North, Central American and Caribbean region. The tournament was held in the Dominican Republic between 22 February and 8 March 2020.[1]

2020 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship
Tournament details
Host countryDominican Republic
Dates22 February – 8 March 2020
Teams20 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States (6th title)
Runners-up Mexico
Tournament statistics
Matches played39
Goals scored198 (5.08 per match)
Top scorer(s)Haiti Melchie Dumornay
(14 goals)
2018
2022

The final tournament is expanded from eight to 20 teams, using the same format as the 2019 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The top two teams of the tournament would have qualified for the 2021 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup (originally 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic) in Costa Rica as the CONCACAF representatives, along with Costa Rica who would have automatically qualified as hosts.[2] The U-20 Women's World Cup was initially to be co-hosted with Panama,[3] but they backed out from co-hosting due to COVID-19 concerns, due to having the highest cases and deaths in the region.[4] The fourth CONCACAF team to qualify, which would have initially been Panama, was not confirmed. However, FIFA announced on 17 November 2020 that this edition of the World Cup would be cancelled.[5]

Mexico were the defending champions but was defeated by United States in the final.

Qualified teamsEdit

The qualifying format has changed since the 2018 edition, and the teams are no longer divided into regional zones.

The 41 CONCACAF teams were ranked based on the CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Ranking as of 2018.[6] A total of 26 teams entered the tournament. The highest-ranked 16 entrants were exempt from qualifying and advanced directly to the group stage of the final tournament, while the lowest-ranked 10 entrants had to participate in the qualifying stage, where the four group winners and runners-up advanced to the round of 16 of the knockout stage of the final tournament.[7]

On 13 January 2020, CONCACAF announced that Costa Rica and Panama, who had automatically qualified for the 2021 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup as hosts, would no longer participate in the 2020 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship. As a result, the following changes to the tournament were made:[8]

Round Team Qualification Appearance Previous best performance Previous FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup appearances
Group stage   United States 1st ranked entrant 10th Champions (2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015) 9
  Mexico (title holders) 2nd ranked entrant 10th Champions (2018) 8
  Canada 3rd ranked entrant 8th Champions (2004, 2008) 7
  Haiti 4th ranked entrant 5th Third place (2018) 1
  Jamaica 6th ranked entrant 10th Fourth place (2006) 0
  Trinidad and Tobago 7th ranked entrant 9th Fourth place (2014) 0
  Honduras 8th ranked entrant 3rd Group stage (2014) 0
  Guatemala 9th ranked entrant 3rd Group stage (2010, 2012) 0
  Nicaragua 11th ranked entrant 3rd Group stage (2008) 0
  Dominican Republic (hosts) 12th ranked entrant 2nd Group stage (2004) 0
  El Salvador 13th ranked entrant 1st Debut 0
  Cuba 14th ranked entrant 4th Group stage (2008, 2010) 0
  Puerto Rico 15th ranked entrant 1st Debut 0
  Cayman Islands 16th ranked entrant 2nd Group stage (2014) 0
  Guyana Qualifying Group A winner 1st Debut 0
  Saint Kitts and Nevis Qualifying Group B winner 1st Debut 0
Knockout stage   Saint Lucia Qualifying Group A runner-up 1st Debut 0
  Grenada Qualifying Group B runner-up 1st Debut 0
  Bermuda Qualifying Group A third place 1st Debut 0
  Barbados Qualifying Group B third place 1st Debut 0

VenuesEdit

Santo Domingo San Cristóbal
Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez Estadio Panamericano
Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 2,800
 

DrawEdit

The draw for the group stage took place on 19 April 2019, 11:00 EDT (UTC−4), at the CONCACAF Headquarters in Miami. The 16 teams which entered the group stage were drawn into four groups of four teams.[7] Based on the CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Ranking, the 16 teams were distributed into four pots, with teams in Pot 1 assigned to each group prior to the draw, as follows:[9]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Following the exclusion of Costa Rica and Panama from the tournament, their vacated positions in the group stage were replaced by Guyana and Saint Kitts and Nevis respectively. Furthermore, the vacated positions in the round of 16 of Guyana and Saint Kitts and Nevis were replaced by Bermuda and Barbados respectively.[8]

SquadsEdit

Players born on or after 1 January 2000 are eligible to compete. Each team must register a squad of 20 players, two of whom must be goalkeepers.[10]

Match officialsEdit

CONCACAF announced the appointment of the match officials on 14 February 2020.[11]

Group stageEdit

The top three teams in each group advance to the round of 16, where they are joined by the four teams advancing from the qualifying stage.

Tiebreakers

The ranking of teams in each group is determined as follows (Regulations Article 12.8):[10]

  1. Points obtained in all group matches (three points for a win, one for a draw, zero for a loss);
  2. Goal difference in all group matches;
  3. Number of goals scored in all group matches;
  4. Points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
  5. Goal difference in the matches played between the teams in question;
  6. Number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
  7. Fair play points in all group matches (only one deduction could be applied to a player in a single match):
    • Yellow card: −1 points;
    • Indirect red card (second yellow card): −3 points;
    • Direct red card: −4 points;
    • Yellow card and direct red card: −5 points;
  8. Drawing of lots.

All times are local, AST (UTC−4).[12]

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   United States 3 3 0 0 24 0 +24 9 Knockout stage
2   Dominican Republic (H) 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3 4
3   Cuba 3 1 1 1 6 10 −4 4
4   Honduras 3 0 0 3 1 24 −23 0
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host
United States  9–0  Cuba
Report
Honduras  0–7  Dominican Republic
Report

Dominican Republic  0–4  United States
Report
Cuba  6–1  Honduras
Report

Dominican Republic  0–0  Cuba
Report
United States  11–0  Honduras
Report

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Mexico 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 9 Knockout stage
2   Guyana 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6
3   Puerto Rico 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
4   Nicaragua 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Mexico  2–1  Puerto Rico
Report
Guyana  3–1  Nicaragua
Report

Puerto Rico  1–2  Guyana
Report
Nicaragua  0–4  Mexico
Report

Nicaragua  0–1  Puerto Rico
Report
Mexico  3–0  Guyana
Report

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Jamaica 3 2 1 0 11 6 +5 7 Knockout stage
2   Canada 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3   El Salvador 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3
4   Guatemala 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Jamaica  4–4  Guatemala
Report
Canada  2–0  El Salvador
Report

El Salvador  1–4  Jamaica
Report
Guatemala  0–0  Canada
Report

Guatemala  0–1  El Salvador
Report
Canada  1–3  Jamaica
Report

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Haiti 3 3 0 0 22 0 +22 9 Knockout stage
2   Trinidad and Tobago 3 2 0 1 8 7 +1 6
3   Cayman Islands 3 1 0 2 3 12 −9 3
4   Saint Kitts and Nevis 3 0 0 3 2 16 −14 0
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Trinidad and Tobago  6–0  Saint Kitts and Nevis
Report
Haiti  8–0  Cayman Islands
Report

Cayman Islands  0–2  Trinidad and Tobago
Report
Saint Kitts and Nevis  0–7  Haiti
Report

Saint Kitts and Nevis  2–3  Cayman Islands
Report
Haiti  7–0  Trinidad and Tobago
Report

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stage, if a 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 12.13).[10]

BracketEdit

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
29 February – Santo Domingo
 
 
  United States6
 
4 March – Santo Domingo
 
  Saint Lucia0
 
  United States4
 
29 February – San Cristóbal
 
  Canada0
 
  Canada6
 
6 March – Santo Domingo
 
  Cuba0
 
  United States6
 
29 February – San Cristóbal
 
  Dominican Republic0
 
  Jamaica9
 
4 March – San Cristóbal
 
  Bermuda1
 
  Jamaica1
 
29 February – Santo Domingo
 
  Dominican Republic2
 
  Dominican Republic4
 
8 March – Santo Domingo
 
  El Salvador1
 
  United States4
 
1 March – Santo Domingo
 
  Mexico1
 
  Mexico12
 
4 March – Santo Domingo
 
  Grenada1
 
  Mexico4
 
1 March – San Cristóbal
 
  Trinidad and Tobago0
 
  Trinidad and Tobago (p)3 (5)
 
6 March – Santo Domingo
 
  Puerto Rico3 (4)
 
  Mexico (p)1 (4)
 
1 March – San Cristóbal
 
  Haiti1 (2)
 
  Haiti12
 
4 March – San Cristóbal
 
  Barbados0
 
  Haiti3
 
1 March – Santo Domingo
 
  Guyana0
 
  Guyana2
 
 
  Cayman Islands0
 

Round of 16Edit

Jamaica  9–1  Bermuda
Report

United States  6–0  Saint Lucia
Report

Canada  6–0  Cuba
Report

Dominican Republic  4–1  El Salvador
Report

Haiti  12–0  Barbados
Report

Mexico  12–1  Grenada
Report

Trinidad and Tobago  3–3 (a.e.t.)  Puerto Rico
Report
Penalties
5–4

Guyana  2–0  Cayman Islands
Report

Quarter-finalsEdit

Jamaica  1–2  Dominican Republic
Report

United States  4–0  Canada
Report

Haiti  3–0  Guyana
Report

Mexico  4–0  Trinidad and Tobago
Report

Semi-finalsEdit

Winners qualified for 2021 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

United States  6–0  Dominican Republic
Report

Mexico  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Haiti
Report
Penalties
4–2

FinalEdit

United States  4–1  Mexico
Report

WinnersEdit

 2020 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship 
 
United States
6th title

GoalscorersEdit

There were 198 goals scored in 39 matches, for an average of 5.08 goals per match.

14 goals

13 goals

9 goals

7 goals

6 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Qualified teams for FIFA U-20 Women's World CupEdit

The following three teams from CONCACAF would have qualified for the 2021 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup before the tournament was cancelled, including Costa Rica who would have qualified automatically as hosts. The fourth CONCACAF team to qualify for the 2021 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, which would initially have been co-hosts Panama (which had pulled out of hosting), was not confirmed.

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup1
  Costa Rica 20 December 2019[13] 2 (2010, 2014)
  United States 6 March 2020[14] 9 (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018)
  Mexico 6 March 2020[14] 8 (2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

AwardsEdit

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.[15]

Golden Ball
Golden Boot
Golden Glove
Fair Play Award
Best XI

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dominican Republic Named Host for 2020 Concacaf Women's Under-20 Championship". CONCACAF.com. 19 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Bureau of the FIFA Council decisions on FIFA events". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 12 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Costa Rica and Panama to host FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2020". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 20 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Costa Rica 'ready to host the entire tournament' as Panama bows out as U-20 Women's World Cup host". The Tico Times. 26 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Update on FIFA Club World Cup 2020 and women's youth tournaments". FIFA.com. 17 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Concacaf Women's Under-20 Ranking". CONCACAF.com.
  7. ^ a b "Draw complete for 2019 Concacaf Women's Under-20 Championship". CONCACAF.com. 22 April 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Concacaf Announces Changes to the 2020 Concacaf Women's Under-20 Championship". CONCACAF.com. 13 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Official draw – 2019 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship". CONCACAF.com.
  10. ^ a b c "2020 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship Regulations" (PDF). CONCACAF.
  11. ^ "Match Officials Appointed for 2020 Concacaf Women's Under-20 Championship". CONCACAF.com. 14 February 2020.
  12. ^ "2020 Match Schedule" (PDF). CONCACAF.
  13. ^ "Costa Rica and Panama to host FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2020". FIFA.com. 20 December 2019.
  14. ^ a b "USA and Mexico seal FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup berths". FIFA.com. 7 March 2020.
  15. ^ "2020 Concacaf Women's Under-20 Championship individual awards". CONCACAF.com. 8 March 2020.

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