Trinidad & Tobago will host the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in March, 2009.
The event will qualify four teams for the U-20 World Cup in Egypt, September 25-October 16, 2009
Two groups of four teams will produce a winner and a runner-up from each group; those four teams will represent CONCACAF in Egypt.
Group A will begin play in Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago on March 6, the first of six consecutive days of round-robin play that also will be staged in Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya, Trinidad. The semifinals will be played March 13 in Macoya with the championship and third-place match March 15 in Marvin Lee.
Six teams already have qualified for the CONCACAF U-20s. Canada
and the United States
will be joined by host Trinidad
and Central American sides Costa Rica
and El Salvador
. The Caribbean Football Union will stage the finals of its qualifying event November 18-22 in Aruba, with the winner advancing automatically and the runner-up facing Honduras, the third-place finisher in Central American qualifying, for the final berth.
The last U-20 World Cup was of course held in Canada in 2007.
Canada has participated in eight of 16 FIFA U-20 World Cups, including each of the last four. At UAE 2003, Canada reached the quarter-final stage before losing 1:2 to Spain on a golden goal. Along with a pair of CONCACAF U-20 championships (1986 and 1996), Canada also finished first in Group A of the 2001 CONCACAF Under-20 Qualification Tournament.