Quick Bit: In the first North American youth championship since 2018, there is added significance with Summer Olympic qualification now also on the line. In addition to four berths to the 2023 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia, there are two spots in the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

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The 2022 edition of North America’s CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, which typically decides the qualifiers for the FIFA men’s Under-20 World Cup, carries even greater importance this time around.

Hosted by Honduras, the tournament will not only hand out four berths for the 2023 U-20 World Cup in Indonesia, but it will also determine the two teams to participate in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

The Olympic qualification is an added feature to this year’s tournament, removing the need for a separate Under-23 qualifying tournament in the lead-up to the Olympics, for which it is even more difficult for players to be released by their clubs to participate.

The United States are the defending champions of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, having won the last one held in 2018. The 2020 tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Americans will face a stiff challenge from the traditional regional powers in this age group, including Mexico, Canada, Honduras, Panama and Costa Rica.

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CONCACAF U20 Championship standings & schedule 2022

Four of the eight groups have already been played, wrapping up by November 2021. They featured lower-ranked nations and only the winners from those groups (Groups A-D) advanced to the Round of 16. They have already been slotted into predetermined Round of 16 matchups.

There are four more groups (Groups E-H) that will be played in Honduras, and those feature the higher-ranked nations of the region. In the case of those groups, the top three teams will advance to the Round of 16.

Group E

Nation
GP
Pts
W-D-L
GD
1. USA
1
3
1-0-0
+10
2. Cuba
1
3
1-0-0
+1
3. Canada
1
0
0-0-1
-1
4. St. Kitts & Nevis
1
0
0-0-1
-10

X = Qualified for CONCACAF U-20 Championship knockout stage

Date
Match
Time (ET)
TV & Streaming
Sat, June 18
USA 10, St. Kitts & Nevis 0
HIGHLIGHTS

Sat, June 18
Cuba 1, Canada 0
HIGHLIGHTS

Mon, June 20
St. Kitts & Nevis vs. Cuba
4 p.m.
ViX, Concacaf YT
Mon, June 20
Canada vs. USA
8:30 p.m.
TUDN, fuboTV, OneSoccer YT, Concacaf YT
Wed, June 22
Canada vs. St. Kitts & Nevis
4 p.m.
ViX, OneSoccer YT, Concacaf YT
Wed, June 22
USA vs. Cuba
8:30 p.m.
TUDN, fuboTV, Concacaf YT

Group F

Nation
GP
Pts
W-D-L
GD
Mexico
0
0
0-0-0
0
Haiti
0
0
0-0-0
0
Trinidad & Tobago
0
0
0-0-0
0
Suriname
0
0
0-0-0
0

X = Qualified for CONCACAF U-20 Championship knockout stage

Date
Match
Time (ET)
TV & Streaming
Sun, June 19
Haiti vs. Trinidad & Tobago
6 p.m.
ViX, Concacaf YT
Sun, June 19
Mexico vs. Suriname
10:30 p.m.
TUDN, fuboTV, Concacaf YT
Tues, June 21
Suriname vs. Haiti
6 p.m.
ViX, Concacaf YT
Tues, June 21
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico
10:30 p.m.
TUDN, fuboTV, Concacaf YT
Thurs, June 23
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Suriname
6 p.m.
ViX, Concacaf YT
Thurs, June 23
Mexico vs. Haiti
10:30 p.m.
TUDN, fuboTV, Concacaf YT

Group G

Nation
GP
Pts
W-D-L
GD
Panama
0
0
0-0-0
0
El Salvador
0
0
0-0-0
0
Guatemala
0
0
0-0-0
0
Aruba
0
0
0-0-0
0

X = Qualified for CONCACAF U-20 Championship knockout stage

Date
Match
Time (ET)
TV & Streaming
Sun, June 19
El Salvador vs. Guatemala
4 p.m.
TUDN, fuboTV, Concacaf YT
Sun, June 19
Panama vs. Aruba
8:30 p.m.
TUDN, fuboTV, Concacaf YT
Tues, June 21
Aruba vs. El Salvador
4 p.m.
ViX, Concacaf YT
Tues, June 21
Guatemala vs. Panama
8:30 p.m.
TUDN, fuboTV, Concacaf YT
Thurs, June 23
Guatemala vs. Aruba
4 p.m.
ViX, Concacaf YT
Thurs, June 23
Panama vs. El Salvador
8:30 p.m.
TUDN, fuboTV, Concacaf YT

Group H

Nation
GP
Pts
W-D-L
GD
1. Honduras
1
3
1-0-0
+3
2. Costa Rica
1
1
0-1-0
0
3. Jamaica
1
1
0-1-0
0
4. Antigua & Barbuda
1
0
0-0-1
-3

X = Qualified for CONCACAF U-20 Championship knockout stage

Date
Match
Time (ET)
TV & Streaming
Sat, June 18
Costa Rica 1, Jamaica 1
HIGHLIGHTS

Sat, June 18
Honduras 3, Antigua & Barbuda 0
HIGHLIGHTS

Mon, June 20
Antigua & Barbuda vs. Costa Rica
6 p.m.
TUDN, fuboTV, Concacaf YT
Mon, June 20
Jamaica vs. Honduras
10:30 p.m.
TUDN, fuboTV, Concacaf YT
Wed, June 22
Jamaica vs. Antigua & Barbuda
6 p.m.
ViX, Concacaf YT
Wed, June 22
Honduras vs. Costa Rica
10:30 p.m.
ViX, Concacaf YT

Group A (concluded Nov. 2021)

Nation
GP
Pts
W-D-L
GD
1. Curacao-X
4
12
4-0-0
+21
2. Grenada
4
9
3-0-1
+12
3. British V.I.
4
6
2-0-2
-9
4. Sint Maarten
4
3
1-0-3
-8
5. Dominica
4
0
0-0-4
-16

X = Qualified for CONCACAF U-20 Championship Round of 16

Group B (concluded Nov. 2021)

Nation
GP
Pts
W-D-L
GD
1. Dominican Rep-X
4
10
3-1-0
+10
2. Saint Lucia
4
8
2-2-0
+6
3. Belize
4
7
2-1-1
+7
4. Saint Martin
4
1
0-1-3
-10
5. Anguilla
4
1
0-1-3
-13

X = Qualified for CONCACAF U-20 Championship Round of 16

Group C (concluded Nov. 2021)

Nation
GP
Pts
W-D-L
GD
1. Puerto Rico-X
3
6
2-0-1
+4
2. St. Vincent & Grenadines
3
6
2-0-1
+2
3. Bermuda
3
6
2-0-1
-2
4. Barbados
3
0
0-0-3
-4

X = Qualified for CONCACAF U-20 Championship Round of 16

Group D (concluded Nov. 2021)

Nation
GP
Pts
W-D-L
GD
1. Nicaragua-X
3
9
3-0-0
+13
2. Cayman Islands
3
4
1-1-1
+2
3. Guyana
3
4
1-1-1
-1
4. U.S. Virgin Islands
3
0
0-0-3
-14

X = Qualified for CONCACAF U-20 Championship Round of 16

Round of 16

In the Round of 16, the winners of Groups E-H will face the teams that qualified from Groups A-D. The other Round of 16 matchups will see second-place and third-place teams face off.

Date
Match
Time (ET)
TV & Streaming
Sat, June 25
R16 #1: E1 vs. Nicaragua
TBD
TBD
Sat, June 25
R16 #2: H2 vs. F3
TBD
TBD
Sat, June 25
R16 #3: E2 vs. G3
TBD
TBD
Sat, June 25
R16 #4: H1 vs. Curacao
TBD
TBD
Sun, June 26
R16 #5: G1 vs. Dominican Rep.
TBD
TBD
Sun, June 26
R16 #6: F2 vs. H3
TBD
TBD
Sun, June 26
R16 #7: G2 vs. E3
TBD
TBD
Sun, June 26
R16 #8: F1 vs. Puerto Rico
TBD
TBD

Quarterfinals

All matches from the quarterfinal stage takes place at the Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula.

Date
Match
Time (ET)
TV & Streaming
Tues, June 28
QF1: R16 #1 winner vs. R16 #2 winner
TBD
TBD
Tues, June 28
QF2: R16 #3 winner vs. R16 #4 winner
TBD
TBD
Wed, June 29
QF3: R16 #5 winner vs. R16 #6 winner
TBD
TBD
Wed, June 29
QF4: R16 #7 winner vs. R16 #8 winner
TBD
TBD

Semifinals

All four semifinalists qualify for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Date
Match
Time (ET)
TV & Streaming
Fri, July 1
QF1 winner vs. QF2 winner
TBD
TBD
Fri, July 1
QF3 winner vs. QF4 winner
TBD
TBD

Final

Both finalists qualify for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Date
Match
Time (ET)
TV & Streaming
Sun, July 3
SF1 winner vs. SF2 winner
TBD
TBD

CONCACAF U20 Championship TV, live streams

Dates: June 18 through July 3
Matches: 39 total matches (group stage & knockouts)
TV channel: TUDN (in USA)
Streams: fuboTV (in USA for TUDN matches), ViX (in USA), Concacaf YouTube (USA & Canada), OneSoccer YouTube (in Canada)

USA: Select matches from the competition will be televised in the USA on TUDN. Those matches will also be streamed on fuboTV.

The rest of the matches not televised by TUDN will be streamed by Univision streaming platform ViX. CONCACAF’s YouTube channel will also carry every game.

Canada: Fans can watch the Canada Under-20 men’s team matches on OneSoccer’s YouTube channel. All the other matches in the competition will be on CONCACAF’s YouTube channel.

What’s at stake at CONCACAF U20 Championship 2022

This tournament doubles as the CONCACAF qualification event for both the 2023 FIFA men’s Under-20 World Cup and the 2024 Summer Olympics.

CONCACAF will send two participants to the 2024 Summer Olympics and four participants to the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The total number of qualifiers for each event makes things straightforward: The four semifinalists of the 2022 CONCACAF U-20 Championship will head to the World Cup in 2023 and the two finalists will be the only two nations to play in the Olympics the following year in Paris.

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Why the U-20 championship will determine Olympic qualification

Previously, CONCACAF held a separate U-23 tournament dedicated to determine Olympic qualification, and it took place in March prior to the start of the Summer Olympics. This competition involved Under-23 players because Olympic soccer is an Under-23 tournament (so as not to compete with the popular FIFA World Cup).

Often, since that tournament did not fall within an official FIFA international window, players were not released by their clubs, resulting in weakened teams. For players who were not necessarily prevented from traveling by their club, it still forced them to choose between club or country, resulting in difficult decisions.

The event couldn’t simply be moved to the summer after the European season, because there were players who featured in leagues that played through the summer like MLS, which is on a February to November schedule.

To alleviate the scheduling conflict, CONCACAF scrapped its Olympic qualifying event for Under-23 players, and instead folded it into the Under-20 Championship tournament. The fact that the Under-20 competition involves younger players than the Under-23 tournament makes it more likely that players are permitted to participate by their clubs, since their age sees them feature less often.

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