CHICAGO (Nov. 18, 2011) – The CONCACAF Under-20 and Under-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournaments will both take place next spring in Central American countries. The Under-20 tournament will take place in Panama from March 1-11, while the Under-17 tournament will be hosted by Guatemala from May 2-13.
The eight-team U-20 tournament will be played at Panama City's Estadio Rommel Fernandez, with the top three teams advancing to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Uzbekistan. As the host, Panama will compete in the championship along with the U.S., Canada, Guatemala and three teams from the Caribbean, which will be decided in the Final Stage of Caribbean Football Union qualifiers at the beginning of the year.
The U-17 tournament will be played at the Cementos Progreso Stadium in Guatemala City. The finalists and third-place match winner will qualify for the 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup which will take place from Sept. 22-Oct. 13 in Azerbaijan. The U.S. and Guatemala are joined by Canada, Mexico, and three teams from the Caribbean and one team from Central America that are still to be determined.
The Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago will face off from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3 to decide the three Caribbean qualifiers. The Central American qualifier will be decided on Dec. 11 between El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.
The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will be looking to qualify for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup after failing to make the tournament the last time out despite out-scoring its opposition 38-0 during the qualifying event in Costa Rica. The USA fell in penalty kicks to Canada in the semifinal. At the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals but fell to Nigeria in penalty kicks.