The confederation for the North and Central American and Caribbean regions has rescheduled the women's under-17 championship and will resume play on June 6 at the IMG Academy, in Bradenton, FL.
MIAMI (AP)—The confederation for the North and Central American and Caribbean regions has rescheduled the women's under-17 championship and will resume play on June 6 at the IMG Academy, in Bradenton, FL. USA will host the remaining matches.
"All participating Member Associations that still have an opportunity to qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018—Haiti and Mexico from Group A and Bermuda, Canada, Costa Rica and United States from Group B—will dispute the remaining group stage matches from June 6-8," said CONCACAF's press release. "The group winners, plus the second-place finishers will advance to the semifinals to be played on June 10. The final and third place match of the competition will take place on Tuesday, June 12."
Originally scheduled to be played April 19-29, at the Estadio Nacional, in Managua, Nicaragua the women’s youth championship was postponed after three match days, due to security concerns. Concacaf announced the suspension of the remaining games in Nicaragua to guarantee the safety of the delegations, all participants and fans.
In the previous edition of the Concacaf Under-17 Women’s Championship played in Grenada in 2016, the United States won its third straight championship at this level, with a 2-1 win over Mexico in the final.
The tournament will resume on June 6 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. It will determine the region's qualifiers for the under-17 World Cup in Uruguay, which starts Nov. 13.
The defending champion United States had opened the event in Managua with a 4-0 win over Costa Rica and was scheduled to play Bermuda and Canada in the group stage.
Violent protests in Nicaragua sparked by government social security reforms have been ongoing since mid-April.