St. Vincent and the Grenadines Under-20 squad (green outfit) seen in photo engaging the SVG national senior squad in a local friendly at Campden Park Playing Field Tuesday August 21, 2018 (photo: Robertson S. Henry)

MIAMI, FLORIDA; THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 – The official draw for the 2018 CONCACF Under-20 Football Championships was conducted today by the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, at their headquarters, in Miami, Florida.

The 2018 edition of the Under-20 Championship is scheduled to take place from November 1 – 21, 2018, at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, with a record number of 34 CONCACAF Member Associations taking part.

Unlike the previous format, which included regional qualifiers in the Caribbean and Central America and one final championship, this year’s redesigned competition will ensure that all the participating teams have access to play more top-level football matches.

The event, which sorted the participating teams into four groups of six teams each, and two groups of five teams, was conducted by CONCACAF’s Head of National Team Competitions Carlos Fernandez.

The groups for the 2018 CONCACAF Under-20 Football Championships

As previously announced, the top six ranked teams in the newly announced CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Ranking, namely the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and El Salvador, were seeded into position 1 of Groups A, B, C, D, E and F respectively.

The remaining 28 teams were placed into five pots and drawn using a single blind system.

CONCACAF 2018 UNDER-20 SCHEDULE OF MATCHES

In the last edition of the Concacaf Under-20 Championship in Costa Rica, the United States overcame Honduras in the final, to win its first major Men’s Under-20 title.