Jamaica departs for U20 World Cup qualifiers

By October 31, 2018

Jamaica opens its U20 World Cup qualifying campaign against Grenada on November 2 at the IMG Soccer Stadium in Florida. The tournament is set to run from November 1-21.

The tournament will be contested by a record 34 teams divided into four groups of six and two groups of five. Jamaica will play in Group B and are down to play against Nicaragua on November 4, Mexico on November 6, Aruba on November 8 and St. Martin on November 10.

Jerome Waite will be in charge of Jamaica’s squad that is comprised of Jeadine White, St. Michael Edwards, Jamoi Topey, Nicque Daley, Kaheem Paris, Kimani Gibbons, Maliek Howell, Damani Osei, Trey Bennett, Nathan Thomas, Tevin Rochester, Javian Brown, Jeremy Verley, Leonardo Fogarthy, Tyreek Magee, Tajay Griffiths, Casseam Priestly, Leonardo Jibbison, Shandel Senior and Ricardo McIntosh.

The contingent departed Jamaica for the United States on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, US Virgin Islands USA, Suriname and Puerto Rico will play in Group A.

Honduras, Cuba, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Republic, Belize and Sint Maarten play in Group C.

Panama, Canada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique are in Group D.

Costa Rica, Haiti, Bermuda, St. Lucia and Barbados are in Group E.

El Salvador, Guatemala, Curacao, Guyana, and Cayman Islands will contest Group 7.

Unlike the previous format, which included regional qualifiers in the Caribbean and Central America and one final championship, this year’s redesigned competition ensures that all the participating teams have access to play more top-level football matches.

After an initial group phase, the six group winners will advance to the qualification stage, where they will be divided into two groups of three teams. The two group winners plus the second-place finishers of the qualification stage will qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup scheduled for Poland 2019.

Additionally, the two group winners will advance to the tournament’s final to determine the regional champion.

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