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CONCACAF executive report

Posted on 12 May 2009 in CONCACAF

CONCACAF, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, announced several decisions Monday night after its executive meeting. Of note, Guatemala (U-20) and Costa Rica (U-17) were approved as host nations for next year's women's youth championships while Honduras was awarded an additional spot within CONCACAF Champions League.

Belize loses its spot in 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League because it failed to meet the minimum standards for an adequate stadium. According to tournament regulations, teams must be capable of playing their home games within their own country in facilities that meet minimum requirements with regard to field, lighting, changing rooms and fan amenities. CONCACAF had allowed for a one-year grace period for teams to meet the standards.

Honduras already qualifies its Apertura (opening) and Clausura (closing) winners to CONCACAF Champions League. The team with the next most total points from both seasons will earn the third (new) Honduran position in the confederation championship. CD Marathon has already qualified for 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League after winning the Honduran League's Apertura championship.

Both 2010 women's youth championships will be hosted within Central America next year. The 2010 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship will be hosted by Guatemala in January while the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship will be hosted by Costa Rica in March.

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