2021 CONCACAF Futsal Championship

The 2021 CONCACAF Futsal Championship was the 7th edition of the CONCACAF Futsal Championship, the quadrennial international futsal championship organised by CONCACAF for the men's national teams of the North, Central American and Caribbean region. The tournament was originally scheduled to be held in Guatemala City, Guatemala between 1–10 May 2020.[1] However, on 19 March 2020, CONCACAF announced the decision to postpone the tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] On 11 February 2021, CONCACAF confirmed Guatemala as host and announced Guatemala as host and that the dates are going to be May 3–9, 2021.

2021 CONCACAF Futsal Championship
Campeonato de Futsal de CONCACAF 2021
Tournament details
Host countryGuatemala
CityGuatemala City
Dates3–9 May 2021
Teams13 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Costa Rica (4th title)
Runners-up United States
Third place Guatemala
Fourth place Panama
Tournament statistics
Matches played23
Goals scored140 (6.09 per match)
Top scorer(s)Panama Carlos Pérez (8 goals)
Best player(s)Costa Rica Milinton Tijerino
Best young playerUnited States Tomas Pondeca
Best goalkeeperCosta Rica Cesar Vargas
Fair play award Costa Rica
2016
2024

Same as previous editions, the tournament acted as the CONCACAF qualifiers for the FIFA Futsal World Cup. The top four teams of the tournament qualified for the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup (originally 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic) in Lithuania as the CONCACAF representatives.[3][4]

Costa Rica, the defending champions, won their third straight and fourth overall title. They, along with runners-up the United States, third-placed Guatemala, and fourth-placed Panama, qualified for the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

TeamsEdit

The 41 CONCACAF teams were ranked based on the CONCACAF Futsal Ranking as of February 2020.[5] A total of 20 teams originally entered the tournament. The highest-ranked 12 entrants would have advanced directly to the group stage of the final tournament, while the lowest-ranked eight entrants would have had to participate in the qualifying stage, where winners of the four matchups (played as two-game series) would have advanced to the group stage of the final tournament.[6]

On 11 February 2021, CONCACAF announced that a total of 16 teams were going to play in the tournament.[7] On 12 April 2021, CONCACAF announced that only 13 teams were going to play in the tournament.[8]

Round Rank Team Points Appearance Previous best performance Previous FIFA Futsal World Cup appearances
Group stage 1   Guatemala (hosts) 2,416 5th Champions (2008) 2008, 2012, 2016
2   Panama 2,315 5th Second place (2016) 2012, 2016
3   Costa Rica (title holders) 2,120 7th Champions (2000, 2012, 2016) 1992, 2000, 2012, 2016
4   Cuba 2,024 7th Second place (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2016
5   Mexico 1,143 7th Third place (1996) 2012
6   United States 1,046 6th Champions (1996, 2004) 1989, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2008
7   Trinidad and Tobago 980 3rd Group Stage (2004, 2008)
9   Canada 655 3rd Group Stage (2012, 2016) 1989
10   Curaçao (withdrew) 574 3rd Group Stage (1996, 2016)
11   El Salvador 389 2nd Group Stage (1996)
13   Guadeloupe[a] (withdrew) 360 1st Debut
14   Haiti 260 2nd Group Stage (2008)
Qualifying stage 15   Sint Maarten[a] (withdrew) 245 1st Debut
16   Suriname 236 3rd Group Stage (2000, 2004)
19   Saint Kitts and Nevis (withdrew) 78 2nd Group Stage (2012)
20   Nicaragua 63 2nd Group Stage (2000)
22   Puerto Rico (withdrew) 36 2nd Group Stage (2000)
32   Dominican Republic 0 1st Debut
33   French Guiana[a] (withdrew) 0 1st Debut
35   Martinique[a] (withdrew) 0 1st Debut

Championship years are in bold, hosting years are in italics

Did not enter tournament
Rank Team Points
8   Honduras 672
12   Guyana 377
17   Jamaica 101
18   Antigua and Barbuda 100
21   Belize 58
23   Anguilla 0
24   Aruba 0
Rank Team Points
25   Bahamas 0
26   Barbados 0
27   Bermuda 0
28   Bonaire[a] 0
29   British Virgin Islands 0
30   Cayman Islands 0
31   Dominica 0
Rank Team Points
34   Grenada 0
36   Montserrat 0
37   Saint Lucia 0
38   Saint Martin[a] 0
39   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0
40   Turks and Caicos Islands 0
41   U.S. Virgin Islands 0
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f Non-FIFA members and thus ineligible to play in World Cup.

VenuesEdit

The matches were played at the Domo Polideportivo de la CDAG in Guatemala City. Before the postponement of the tournament, matches were originally also to be played at the Teodoro Palacios Flores Gymnasium.[1]

Guatemala City
Domo Polideportivo
Capacity: 7,500
 

DrawEdit

The draw for the group stage took place on 20 February 2020, 14:00 EST (UTC−5), at the CONCACAF Headquarters in Miami.[6] The 16 teams, which included the 12 which entered the group stage and the four qualifying stage matchups winners, were drawn into four groups of four teams. Based on the CONCACAF Futsal Ranking, the 12 teams which entered the group stage were distributed into three pots, with teams in Pot 1 assigned to each group prior to the draw, as follows:[9]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3

The qualifying stage matchups were determined based on the CONCACAF Futsal Ranking, with the highest-ranked team playing the lowest-ranked team, etc. The qualifying stage winners 1, 2, 3 and 4 were then placed in groups A, B, C and D respectively.

Original drawEdit

The original draw results involving the 20 teams were as follows:[10]

Group Pot 1 team Pot 2 team Pot 3 team Winner from qualifying stage
A   Guatemala   Trinidad and Tobago   Guadeloupe   Sint Maarten   Martinique
B   Panama   Mexico   Curaçao   Suriname   French Guiana
C   Costa Rica   Canada   Haiti   Saint Kitts and Nevis   Dominican Republic
D   Cuba   United States   El Salvador   Nicaragua   Puerto Rico

Following the withdrawals of Sint Maarten, Curaçao, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Puerto Rico, only 16 teams were left, so the qualifying stage was no longer necessary, and the 16 remaining teams were placed in the four groups as before as there were four teams in each group.[7] Following the withdrawals of Guadeloupe, Martinique, and French Guiana, only 13 teams were left, and as there were only two teams left in Group A, to ensure that each group had a minimum of three teams, Dominican Republic were moved from Group C to Group A.[8]

Match officialsEdit

The list of match officials were announced on 20 April 2021.[11]

SquadsEdit

Each team must register a squad of 14 players, two of whom must be goalkeepers.[12][13]

Group stageEdit

The top two teams in each group advance to the quarter-finals.

Tiebreakers

The ranking of teams in each group is determined as follows (Regulations Article 12.7):[12]

  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, CST (UTC−6).[14]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Guatemala 2 2 0 0 8 5 +3 6 Knockout stage
2   Dominican Republic 2 1 0 1 8 6 +2 3
3   Trinidad and Tobago 2 0 0 2 5 10 −5 0
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Dominican Republic  2–4  Guatemala
Gómez   14'
Domínguez   27'
Report Aguilar   3'
Sandoval   18'
Alay   19'
González   30'
Attendance: Josh Wilkens (USA), Francisco Cedeño (Panama)

Trinidad and Tobago  2–6  Dominican Republic
George   32'
Neptune   39'
Report Gómez   5'33'35'
Álvarez   25'
López   27'
Cestero   40'
Referee: Yeraldín Araya (Costa Rica), Francisco Cedeño (Panama)

Guatemala  4–3  Trinidad and Tobago
Aguilar   11'39'
Ramos   12'
Ruiz   21'
Report Benny   9'33'
Neptune   16'
Referee: Dunia Aguilera (Cuba), Francisco López (Nicaragua)

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Panama 2 2 0 0 16 5 +11 6 Knockout stage
2   Suriname 2 1 0 1 6 15 −9 3
3   Mexico 2 0 0 2 8 10 −2 0
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Suriname  1–11  Panama
Milito   5' Report Hinks   2'
Castrellón   3'16'
Del Rosario   13'27'
Ortiz   18'29'
Pérez   26'37' (pen.)37' (pen.)
Campos   36'
Referee: Reiner Solís (Cuba), José Barrera (El Salvador)

Mexico  4–5  Suriname
Paniagua   5'33'
Soltero   6'
Atri   9'
Report Sastromedjo   12'
Maatrijk   16'
Doesburg   18'
Sánchez   25' (o.g.)
Pita   39'
Referee: Ahmed Almahamid (Cuba), Joel Cuba (Nicaragua)

Panama  5–4  Mexico
Hinks   3'
Pérez   13'29'39' (pen.)
Castrellón   33'
Report Paniagua   11'
Limón   12'
Vences   20'
Atri   35'
Referee: Carlos González (Guatemala), Adrián Martínez (Cuba)

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Costa Rica 2 2 0 0 12 1 +11 6 Knockout stage
2   Canada 2 1 0 1 5 7 −2 3
3   Haiti 2 0 0 2 2 11 −9 0
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Haiti  0–7  Costa Rica
Report Cabalceta   2'4'20'
Cordero   19'
Tijerino   23'38'
Guevara   37'
Referee: Carlos González (Guatemala), Brenda Valdez (Cuba)

Canada  4–2  Haiti
Graham   33'
Bennett   37'
Mlah   40'
Dicko-Raynauld   40'
Report Monfort   16'
Syla   20'
Referee: Dunia Aguilera (Cuba), Óscar González (Guatemala)

Costa Rica  5–1  Canada
Guevara   5'
Garro   6'35' (pen.)
Rodríguez   8'
Vargas   20'
Report Bennett   35'
Referee: Jorge Flores (El Salvador), Israel Dávila (Guatemala)

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   United States 3 2 1 0 9 5 +4 7 Knockout stage
2   El Salvador 3 2 1 0 8 4 +4 7
3   Nicaragua 3 1 0 2 8 10 −2 3
4   Cuba 3 0 0 3 4 10 −6 0
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Cuba  1–4  Nicaragua
Moratón   32' Report Downs   17'
Kripp   29'
Marrero   32' (o.g.)
Zepeda   38'
Referee: Ronny Castro (Costa Rica), Josué Molina (Costa Rica)
United States  1–1  El Salvador
Maciel   28' Report Muñoz   19'
Referee: Diego López (Costa Rica), Ricardo Lay (Panama)

El Salvador  2–1  Cuba
Solís   27'
Sandoval   32'
Report Castillo   13'
Referee: Christopher Grabas (Canada), Manual Rosario (Dominican Republic)
Nicaragua  2–4  United States
Corea   33'
Luna   35'
Report Klepal   5'31'
Buenfil   18'
Pondeca   40'
Referee: Francisco Rivera (Mexico), Erick Coello (Honduras)

El Salvador  5–2  Nicaragua
Gómez   18'
Díaz   19'
Chávez   26'
Contreras   34'37'
Report Kripp   18'
Salinas   30'
Referee: Roberto López (Panama), Diego Molina (Costa Rica)
Cuba  2–4  United States
Marrero   4'
Castillo   23'
Report Escobar   12'20'33'
Gonzalez   40'
Referee: Ronny Castro (Costa Rica), Ricardo Lay (Panama)

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary.

BracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
7 May – Domo Polideportivo
 
 
  Panama (p)1 (4)
 
8 May – Domo Polideportivo
 
  Canada1 (3)
 
  Panama1
 
7 May – Domo Polideportivo
 
  Costa Rica3
 
  Costa Rica12
 
9 May – Domo Polideportivo
 
  Suriname1
 
  Costa Rica3
 
7 May – Domo Polideportivo
 
  United States2
 
  United States2
 
8 May – Domo Polideportivo
 
  Dominican Republic0
 
  United States (p)2 (5)
 
7 May – Domo Polideportivo
 
  Guatemala2 (4) Third place match
 
  Guatemala (p)3 (4)
 
9 May – Domo Polideportivo
 
  El Salvador3 (3)
 
  Panama2
 
 
  Guatemala (a.e.t.)3
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Winners qualify for 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

United States  2–0  Dominican Republic
Araujo   3'
Pondeca   27'
Report
Referee: Yeraldín Araya (Costa Rica), Diego Molina (Costa Rica)

Panama  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Canada
Ortiz   20' Report Bennett   27'
Penalties
Milord  
Castrellón  
Pérez  
Del Rosario  
Maquensi  
4–3   Belguendouz
  Leconte
  Renaud
  Rodriguez
  Bennett
Referee: Carlos González (Guatemala), Jorge Flores (El Salvador)

Costa Rica  12–1  Suriname
Cordero   7' (pen.)15'
Benali   7' (o.g.)
Rodríguez   7'8'40'
Cubillo   26'
Gamboa   27'35'37'
Fonseca   31'
Cabalceta   39'
Report Esajas   17'
Referee: Josh Wilkens (USA), José Barrera (El Salvador)

Guatemala  3–3 (a.e.t.)  El Salvador
Ramos   34'
Alvarado   40'46'
Report Contreras   19'
Martínez   28'
Sandoval   47'
Penalties
Alay  
Santizo  
Aguilar  
Ramos  
Alvarado  
4–3   Solís
  Muñoz
  Sandoval
  Aguilar
  Martínez
Referee: Roberto López (Panama), Ricardo Lay (Panama)

Semi-finalsEdit

Panama  1–3  Costa Rica
Pérez   20' Report Gómez   32'34'
Cabalceta   34'
Referee: Josh Wilkens (USA), Francisco Rivera (Mexico)

United States  2–2 (a.e.t.)  Guatemala
Gonzalez   8'
Reget   46'
Report Ramos   21'
Santizo   44'
Penalties
Mattos  
Maciel  
Klepal  
Gonzalez  
Ventura-Junior  
Sobreira  
Buenfil  
5–4   Alay
  Santizo
  Aguilar
  Ramos
  Alvarado
  Ruiz
  Campaignac
Referee: Ronny Castro (Costa Rica), Jorge Flores (El Salvador)

Third place matchEdit

Panama  2–3 (a.e.t.)  Guatemala
Ortiz   31'
Pérez   36' (pen.)
Report Alvarado   3'
Enríquez   32'
Campaignac   49'
Referee: Yeraldín Araya (Costa Rica), José Barrera (El Salvador)

FinalEdit

Costa Rica  3–2  United States
Gómez   12'19'
Cordero   14'
Report Gonzalez   6'
Reget   16'
Referee: Carlos González (Guatemala), Roberto López (Panama)

Qualified teams for FIFA Futsal World CupEdit

The following four teams from CONCACAF qualified for the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA Futsal World Cup1
  United States 7 May 2021[15] 5 (1989, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2008)
  Panama 7 May 2021 2 (2012, 2016)
  Costa Rica 7 May 2021 4 (1992, 2000, 2012, 2016)
  Guatemala 7 May 2021 4 (2000, 2008, 2012, 2016)
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:[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Guatemala Named Host for 2020 Concacaf Futsal Championship". CONCACAF.com. 23 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Concacaf Statement on Additional Tournament Suspensions". CONCACAF. 19 March 2020.
  3. ^ "FIFA Futsal World Cup 2020 – slot allocation" (PDF). FIFA.com. 14 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Bureau of the FIFA Council decisions on FIFA events". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 12 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Concacaf Futsal Ranking". CONCACAF.com.
  6. ^ a b "2020 Concacaf Futsal Championship Draw Set for February 20". CONCACAF.com. 12 February 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Concacaf confirms Guatemala as host for 2021 Concacaf Futsal Championship". aroundtherings.com. 11 February 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Updates to 2021 Concacaf Futsal Championship". concacaf.com. 12 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Official Draw – 2020 CONCACAF Futsal Championship". youtube.com.
  10. ^ "Draw Reveals Groups and Schedule for 2020 Concacaf Futsal Championship". CONCACAF.com. 20 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Officials Appointed for 2021 Concacaf Futsal Championship". CONCACAF. 20 April 2021.
  12. ^ a b "2020 CONCACAF Futsal Championship Regulations" (PDF). CONCACAF.
  13. ^ "2021 Concacaf Futsal Championship final rosters confirmed". CONCACAF. 28 April 2021.
  14. ^ "2021 CONCACAF Futsal Championship Match Schedule" (PDF). CONCACAF.
  15. ^ "USA book first World Cup ticket since 2008". FIFA.com. 7 May 2021.
  16. ^ "Tijerino, Perez among award winners at CFC". CONCACAF. 10 May 2021.

External linksEdit