JAM | May 5, 2023

Jamaica gets tough draw in 2023 CONCACAF women’s U-20 championship

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Jamaica Reggae Girlz (File Photo).

Jamaica’s Reggae Girls are drawn to play in a tough Group A of the 2023 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, which starts in three weeks.

In that group, the Jamaican Under-20 Women’s Youth National Team will face the USA, Canada and Panama. The CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship will run from May 24 to June 3 in the Dominican Republic.

The top three finishers in the tournament will advance to represent the region at the 2024 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup for which a host has yet to be named. The USA opens the competition against Panama on Wednesday, May 24 (7 p.m. ET) and will face Jamaica on Friday, May 26 (6 p.m. ET).

Group B features Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and host Dominican Republic.


DateMatch-upKickoff (ET)Venue
Wed., May. 24USA vs. Panama7 p.m.Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez
Friday, May 26USA vs. Jamaica6 p.m.Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez
Sunday, May 28USA vs. Canada6 p.m.Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez

The USA is looking to claim its record eighth CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship after winning the 2020 and 2022 editions in the Dominican Republic.

While the last two CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championships have been contested with 20 nations and required seven matches to win the tournament, the competition has returned to the original eight-team format, which features two groups of four teams each.

The top two finishers in each group advance to the semifinals and the winners of those two matches will advance to the Championship Match and qualify for the World Cup. The winner of the Third-Place Match will earn CONCACAF’s third and final berth in the World Cup.

Shaneil Buckley (right) take the lead ahead of Guatemala player during their opening Group H match at the Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship (CWU20) in the Dominican Republic (PHOTO: Concacaf.com).

The 16 tournament matches will be played at two stadiums in the Dominican Republic – Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez in Santo Domingo and Estadio Panamericano in San Cristobal. The USA will play all its matches at Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez, named after the Dominican Republic track legend who won two Olympic gold medals in the 400-metre hurdles.

The semifinals will take place on Thursday, June 1 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET while the Championship Match (6 p.m. ET) and Third-Place Match (3 p.m. ET) will take place on Saturday, June 3. The final four matches will all be played at Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez.

The top two teams in the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 rankings – the U.S. and Mexico – earned berths straight into the final tournament while the other six teams had to win their pre-qualifying groups.


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