CHICAGO (May 22, 2009) – The qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF region for the 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will take place June 17-21 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The tournament was originally scheduled for April 29-May 3 but was postponed due to concerns over the outbreak of the H1N1 virus in Mexico.
Six teams from CONCACAF will play in two groups of three, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the tournament semifinals on Saturday, June 20. The semifinal winners will represent CONCACAF at the 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup from Nov. 16-22 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The U.S. was drawn into Group B of the tournament, along with Costa Rica and Bahamas. Group A consists of defending champion and host Mexico, El Salvador and Canada. The U.S. will kick off the tournament against Bahamas at 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday, June 17, and will close out the group at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 19, against Costa Rica. The semifinals, along with the match for fifth place, will be held on Saturday, June 20, and the two finalists will face off on Sunday, June 21.
The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team has competed in three out of four Beach Soccer World Cups. The U.S. competed in the inaugural event in 2005 in Brazil, before returning to the country for the 2006 and 2007 editions of the tournament. After missing out on the World Cup in 2008, the U.S. will look to qualify for the 2009 tournament, which will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for the first time.
CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Groups
|Group A||Group B|
|El Salvador||Costa Rica|
CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship Schedule
|Group B||June 17||USA vs. Bahamas||5 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|Group A||June 17||Mexico vs. Canada||6:15 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|Group B||June 18||Costa Rica vs. Bahamas||5 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|Group A||June 18||El Salvador vs. Canada||6:15 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|Group B||June 19||USA vs. Costa Rica||5 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|Group A||June 19||Mexico vs. El Salvador||6:15 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|Fifth Place||June 20||Third Place A vs. Third Place B||3 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|Semifinal||June 20||First Place B vs. Second Place A||4:15 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|Semifinal||June 20||First Place A vs. Second Place B||5:30 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|Third Place||June 21||Loser SF1 vs. Loser SF 2||4:15 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|
|Chamionship||June 21||Winner SF 1 vs. Winner SF 2||5:30 p.m. CT||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico|