St Vincent and the Grenadines’ male Under-20 footballers have been drawn in Group C of the CONCACAF qualifiers, set for the Dominican Republic, November 5 to 14.
The Vincentians will contest the group, alongside Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Barbados and Montserrat.
St Vincent and the Grenadines will open their quest on November 8 versus Puerto Rico and face Barbados on November 10. On November 12, St Vincent and the Grenadines entertain Bermuda and close off against Montserrat on November 14.
The other groups are Group A, which involves Curacao, Grenada, Dominica, Saint Maarten and the British Virgin Islands, while the Dominican Republic, Belize, St Lucia, Saint Martin and Anguilla are lodged in Group B. Occupying Group D are Nicaragua, Guyana, Cayman Islands and the US Virgin Islands.
The four group winners will advance to the 2022 CONCACAF Under-20 championships, joining the top 16 ranked teams.
The ranked teams are the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada, Honduras, Panama, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis, Aruba, Suriname, Cuba, Antigua and Barbuda, El Salvador and Guatemala.
They will be divided into four groups of four, with the three top teams in each group making it to the elimination stage. All knock-out stage matches will be played in a single match direct elimination format.
The two finalists will qualify for the FIFA Men’s Under-20 World Cup Indonesia 2023 and the 2024 Paris Summer Olympic Games. The two losing semi-finalists will also guarantee their participation in the FIFA Men’s Under-20 World Cup Indonesia 2023