Concacaf announced Thursday that the region’s men’s representatives at the 2024 Summer Olympic Games will qualify through the 2022 Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship.
Previously, qualification has taken place through a separate Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualification tournament which commonly took place in March prior to the Summer Olympic Games.
However, to provide member associations with a better opportunity to select their best young players, the Concacaf Council has approved a new streamlined approach which will link U-20 World Cup qualification and Olympic qualification to the confederation’s regional men’s U-20 Championships, which will take place in the summer starting in 2022.
The Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship will begin with the qualifiers for 19 member associations (all ranked 17 and below in the Concacaf Men’s U-20 Rankings). The draw for the qualifiers will take place on Friday, Sept. 17 at 11 am ET. The 19 participating teams will be divided into three groups of five, and one group of four. More information on the draw is available here.
All matches of the Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Qualifiers will be played in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from Nov. 5-14, 2021.
Following the conclusion of the qualifiers, a total of 20 teams will participate at the Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship in the summer of 2022. This will include: the top four teams from the Qualifiers and the region’s top 16 ranked teams (based on the Concacaf Men’s U-20 Rankings) who receive a bye to the championship.
The 2022 Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship will qualify its semifinalists (four teams) to the Men’s U-20 World Cup Indonesia 2023 and its finalists (two teams) to the 2024 Paris Summer Olympic Games.