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Record number of Countries to compete in qualifying rounds

Posted on 12 November 2003 in CONCACAF

CONCACAF will have a record number of National Associations competing in next year's qualifying events for respective FIFA World Championships in Futsal and Women's Under-19 competitions.

In the Women's Under-19, 23 National Associations will participate in next year's CONCACAF qualifying stages that will advance two teams to the 2004 FIFA World Championship in Thailand.

This will be the second time in history that CONCACAF has staged a qualifying event for the U-19 World Championship. In 2001, 18 teams began the road, which culminated in an eight-team event for the Final Round in Trinidad & Tobago 2002.

The 2004 CONCACAF U-19 qualifying rounds commence with preliminary competitions, from 15 January – 31 March, that will determine the seven nations to join the host, Canada in the Final Round of qualification.

The Canadian Soccer Association plans to stage the 2004 event at both Ottawa's Frank Clair Stadium and Montreal's McGill University Molson Stadium from 28 May – 6 June 2004, subject to a CONCACAF Venue Inspection later this week.

No stranger to staging a U-19 Women's competitions, Canada was the venue for the inaugural FIFA U-19 World Championship in 2002. Canada reached the final, but lost a 1:0 decision to the USA in ‘golden goal' extra time.

In Futsal, A total of 21 countries have submitted their applications to compete in the CONCACAF Futsal qualifying rounds. Preliminary zonal competitions scheduled to run from 1 March – 30 April 2004. This number of nations is more than double the number of participants in the equivalent event four years ago.

At the conclusion of the 2004 preliminary qualifying stage, seven teams will join the host, Costa Rica, in Final Round of qualification (to be completed by 31 July 2004). These eight teams will compete for just two CONCACAF berths to the FIFA World Championship, to be held later in the year in Chinese Taipei.

CONCACAF has staged two Futsal qualifiers for the FIFA World Championships in 1996 and 2000. Six teams participated in the 1996 CONCACAF event in Guatemala that was won by the USA. Four years later, eight squads took part in the tournament in Costa Rica, which was claimed by the host.

Confirmed National Associations for 2004 CONCACAF Women's U-19 Qualification
Anguilla
Bahamas
British Virgin Islands
Canada *
Cayman Islands
Costa Rica
Dominica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Puerto Rico
Saint Lucia
St. Vincent and The Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad & Tobago
USA
US Virgin Islands

* Final Round Host

Confirmed National Associations for 2004 CONCACAF Futsal Qualification
Canada
Costa Rica *
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Netherlands Antilles
Panama
Puerto Rico
St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos Islands
USA
US Virgin Islands

* Final Round Host

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