Jamaica learn World Cup qualifying path for 2021 U-20 World Cup
Jamaica's Under-20 men’s national team learned its first step of qualifying for the 2021 World Cup in Indonesia, as Concacaf held a group-stage draw on Wednesday for the Concacaf Under-20 Championship.
The young Reggae Boyz are drawn in Group E alongside Costa Rica, the US and St Kitts & Nevis, and the top three teams will advance to a single-elimination knockout tournament. Twelve teams from Groups E through H will advance to that phase, as will four group-stage winners from another tournament that features 17 participating countries ranked from 17-41.
The final stage of the competition (round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal and final) will be played in a single match elimination format, with the semifinalist qualifying to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup Indonesia 2021.
Jamaica's only appearance at an Under-20 World Cup came in 2001 in Argentina. The last Concacaf Under-20 Championship was in 2018 in the United States and Jamaica were eliminated despite not losing a game.
Concacaf stated that the host countries for each of the rounds and further scheduling details will be publicized at a later date.
Below are all four groups for the top-seeded tournament:
GROUP E – USA, Costa Rica, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis
GROUP F – Mexico, El Salvador, Canada, Aruba
GROUP G – Panama, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname
GROUP H – Honduras, Cuba, Guatemala, Antigua & Barbuda