U-13 CONCACAF Champions League Tournament Is Set
Concacaf announced today that Costa Rica will host the 2019 Concacaf Under-13 Champions League. The competition is set to take place August 10-17, 2019.
The 2019 edition of Concacafâ€™s youngest age tournament, to be played at the Costa Rican Football Federation, in San Jose, will be disputed in two stages, between 16 clubs. The tournament will kick off with a group phase. After round-robin play, the top two finishers in each group will advance directly to the round of 16, while the remaining clubs will continue play for final placement.
â€śWe are proud to host the Scotiabank Concacaf Under-13 Champions League for the first time in Costa Rica. Scotiabank has been a partner of Concacaf since 2014 and has played a major role in our efforts to grow club football,â€ť said Concacaf General Secretary Philippe Moggio. â€śThis tournament provides an opportunity for youth teams from around the region to play in a competition with high international standards.â€ť
The participating clubs for the 2019 Concacaf Under-13 Champions League are (in alphabetical order by Association): Montreal Impact (CAN), Vancouver Whitecaps (CAN), Club Comunicaciones FC (GUA), Mount Pleasant Academy (JAM), Pioneros de Cancun (MEX), Rayados Victoria (MEX), Chapulineros de Oaxaca (MEX), Guerreros de Coahuila (MEX), Managua FC (NCA), ADFA Santa Ana (SLV), San Juan Jabloteh (TRI) and Philadelphia Union (USA). The two participating clubs from the host nation, as well as the Panamanian and Honduran representatives will be confirmed at a later date, once their local championships conclude.
An official draw to sort the participating clubs into the groups for the first stage will take place on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The live event will be held at 6:30 pm ET, at CF Monterrey stadium, in Monterrey, Mexico, ahead of the return leg final of the Champions League between Tigress UANL vs. CF Monterrey. Fans will be able to follow all the action through Concacaf.com.
In the previous edition of the Concacaf Under-13 Champions League, hosted at the Mexican Football Federation Headquarters in Toluca, Mexico, Los Angeles FC topped Juniors Tampico 2-0 in the final, becoming the first team from the United States to win the competition.