St. John’s, Antigua – The Under 15 Benna Princesses learned their group opponents, in the second edition of the CONCACAF Girls Under 15 Championship. The Antigua and Barbuda Under 15 girls have been placed in Group E with Bermuda, Cayman Islands and The Bahamas. CONCACAF made the announcement on their website stating:
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today announced the Member Associations that will participate in 2016 CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ Championship, as well as the groups and schedule. The second edition of the CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship will be held in Orlando, Florida from August 9-21, 2016.
Twenty-two (22) nations from across the CONCACAF region, as well as invitee Venezuela from CONMEBOL, have signed on to participate in the tournament, designed to encourage development for youth players from across the Confederation, while promoting competition at the international level for all member associations – including those for which few opportunities have previously existed at this age level.
Scheduled to participate (in alphabetical order by region):
CFU (16): Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Santa Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, US Virgin Islands
UNCAF (3): Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua
North America (3): Canada, Mexico, United States
CONMEBOL (1): Venezuela
Teams will be divided into three groups of five teams and two groups of four teams. All of the group winners, plus the second place teams from the five-team groups, will advance to the quarterfinals.
Canada is the defending champion, after defeating Haiti 4-1 in penalties, in the title match of the 2014 edition, played in the Cayman Islands.
The Benna Princesses will open their campaign versus the Bahamas on August 11th.