CONCACAF Under-17 Championship draw produces groups, schedule

The draw for the 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship was conducted at the Sheraton Grand Panama in Panama City, Panama, on December 13, 2016. (Photo: FEPAFUT)

PANAMA CITY, Panama – CONCACAF conducted Tuesday the draw for the 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship at the Sheraton Grand Panama.

The draw, which determined the groups and match schedule for the tournament that will be played in Panama and kicks off on April 21, 2017, was opened with welcoming remarks from Pedro Chaluja, FIFA Council Member and Panamanian Football Federation President, and Central American Football Union (UNCAF) General Secretary Mario Monterrosa.  The event was conducted with the assistance of the current Panama international Felipe Baloy and Jorge Dely Valdes, the Panama U17 head coach who guided the side at two World Cups. 

Host Panama was seeded into Group A and will face Honduras, Curacao and Haiti.  Group B seed Costa Rica was joined by Canada, Cuba and Suriname, while two-time defending champion Mexico was sorted with El Salvador, Jamaica and the United States.

The competition will be played at the Estadio Maracana and the Estadio Rommel Fernandez under a new format, which consists of a group stage, a classification phase and a final.

Under the structure -- designed to increase the number of meaningful, competitive matches for all teams -- the top two teams from play in Groups A, B, and C will advance to the Classification Stage, where the Confederation’s four tickets to the World Cup at this level will be determined in round-robin play among two groups of three teams each.  The top two teams of each of the two Classification Stage groups will qualify as CONCACAF representatives to the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.  Tthe Classification Stage group winners will advance to the final on Sunday, May 7. 

For the draw, the Participating Member Associations were ranked and separated into four pots. Mexico, as current CONCACAF Under-17 Champions was seeded in position C1. Costa Rica, as the best-ranked CONCACAF team in the last edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup (excluding the regional champion and the host) was placed in position B1 and Panama as host, earned position A1. 

The remaining teams, from pots 2-4, were drawn in order and placed in the group position drawn from Pots A, B and C. The positions of each group winner and runner-up from the group stage were then drawn in group pairs, randomly into the two groups (D and E) for the Classification Stage. 

CONCACAF Under-17 Championship Panama 2017 Groups 

Group A

Group B
Costa Rica

Group C
El Salvador

CONCACAF Under-17 Championship Panama 2017 - Classification Stage Group Positions

Group D
Group B runner-up
Group A runner-up
Group C winner

Group E
Group B winner
Group A winner
Group C runner-up

CONCACAF Under-17 Championship Panama 2017 Match Schedule

Friday, April 21, 2017
Curacao vs Haiti
Panama vs Honduras

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Cuba vs Suriname
Costa Rica vs Canada

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Jamaica vs USA
Mexico vs El Salvador

Monday, April 24, 2017
Honduras  vs Curacao
Panama vs Haiti

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Canada vs Cuba
Costa Rica vs Suriname 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
El Salvador vs Jamaica
Mexico vs USA

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Honduras  vs Haiti
Panama vs Curacao

Friday, April 28, 2017
Canada vs Suriname
Costa Rica vs Cuba

Saturday, April 29, 2017
El Salvador vs USA
Mexico vs Jamaica

Monday, May 1, 2017
Group B runner-up vs Group A runner-up
Group B winner vs Group A winner 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Group A runner-up vs Group C winner
Group A winner vs Group C runner-up

Friday, May 5, 2017
Group B runner-up vs Group C winner
Group B winner vs Group C runner-up

Sunday, May 07, 2017 -- Final
Group D winner vs Group E winner


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