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Guanajuato, Mexico, announced as host for the 2024 Concacaf Men’s U-20 Championship

  • In July 2024, the cities of Irapuato and Celaya will welcome the best young players from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.
  • Twelve men’s U-20 national teams will compete for the regional title and four available spots at the 2025 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • Official draw is scheduled for April 2024.

Miami, FL (Monday, February 26, 2024) – Concacaf has announced that the cities of Irapuato and Celaya, in the State of Guanajuato, Mexico, will host the 2024 Concacaf Men’s U-20 Championship. The World Cup qualifying competition will take place from July 19 to August 4 and will feature the participation of the twelve best Concacaf U-20 men’s national teams.

“The Concacaf Men’s U-20 Championship is a very important competition for the continued development of the best young players in our region. It provides them with a platform to compete with the best in Concacaf, and to qualify to play on the global stage at a  FIFA U20 World Cup,” said Concacaf General Secretary Philippe Moggio. “We are very excited to work hand in hand with the Mexican Football Federation, the Government of Guanajuato, and all local stakeholders, to offer the participating national teams and fans an unforgettable tournament,” added Moggio.

“I reiterate my pride that Celaya and Irapuato are hosting a sporting event of this level. I am sure that the fans of these cities will know how to welcome international visitors and that, above all, they will enjoy this great event, showing that the Mexican fans are the best in the world,” said the President of the Mexican Football Federation, Ivar Sisniega.

The 2024 Concacaf U-20 Championship will begin with a group stage of 12 teams, including the six highest-ranked teams according to the Concacaf U-20 Rankings, and six that will qualify through a qualifying phase. The six best-ranked teams are: the United States (1), Honduras (2), Mexico (3), Panama (4), Costa Rica (5), and the Dominican Republic (6).

At the conclusion of the group stage, where each team will play three games, the top two finishers in each group and the two best third places will advance to the quarterfinals.

The knockout stage will include eight teams, starting with the quarterfinals, followed by the semifinals and final, where the new regional champion will be crowned. In addition, the four semifinalists of the tournament will guarantee their participation in the 2025 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The competition’s 25 matches will be divided into two venues, Estadio Sergio León Chávez in Irapuato and Estadio Miguel Alemán Valdés in Celaya.

The official draw, where the 12 participating teams will be divided into three groups of four, will take place in April 2024, at the Confederation headquarters in Miami, FL.

For more information on the qualifying phase, which is being played from February 23 to March 2, between 27 teams, click here.

Tournament details

Dates: July 19 to August 4, 2024

Venues and stadiums (2): Estadio Sergio León Chávez, Irapuato, Mexico, and Estadio Miguel Alemán Valdés, Celaya, Mexico.

Countries participating in the group stage (12 and in ranking order): United States (1), Honduras (2), Mexico (3), Panama (4), Costa Rica (5), Dominican Republic (6) and the six winners of the qualifying phase.

Number of teams that will qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2025: 4 (semifinalists)


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