Excerpt from Canadian Soccer Association press release, Wednesday, July 07, 2004:
Excerpt from CONCACAF press release, December 16, 2004:Canada will host Group B from May 19-23, 2005 at Jeux Canada Games Stadium in St. John, New Brunswick. Canada will be joined by Mexico, CFU Series 2 Winner, UNCAF Series 2 Winner (Honduras/Belize/Panama).
Canadian Press story, February 4/05:CONCACAF announced today that Mexico is hosting the 2005 CONCACAF Under-17 Final Round Group B, which also includes Canada, Haiti and Honduras.
Qualifying for the men's under-17 world soccer championship, a tough task at the best of times, just got harder for Canada.
Canada was scheduled to host a qualifying tournament this spring in Saint John, N.B. But CONCACAF, which governs soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, deemed the facilities unsatisfactory and moved the event to Mexico.
The young Canadians will now head south in either March or April to play Haiti, Honduras and host Mexico.
Another CONCACAF qualifier, featuring the U.S., Cuba, El Salvador and host Costa Rica, is scheduled for April 12-16 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The winner of each qualifier advances to the world championship in Peru from Sept. 15 to Oct. 2 while the runners-up meet in a home-away playoff to determine CONCACAF's third berth at the 16-team championship.
Canada's record at the under-17 world tournament is poor, qualifying for just four of the 10 previous championships and finishing last each time. Canada, which hosted the event in 1987, has not qualified since the 1995 championship in Ecuador.
The U.S., in contrast, is the only country to have qualified for all 10 championships. Brazil has won three of the last four under-17 titles.