April 1 – Puerto Vallerta in Mexico will be the venue for the Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship, scheduled to take place May 13-19.
The 16-team championship will qualify both finalists for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019. That competition is scheduled for November 19-December 1.
“We are very excited to bring the seventh edition of the Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship to Puerto Vallarta,” said Concacaf General Secretary Philippe Moggio. “This will be the fourth time that this great destination stages a top tournament that serves as springboard for Beach Soccer development, while providing fans with an opportunity to witness the passion, dynamic style and outstanding performances of the best from our region.”
The teams will compete in four groups of four teams. After round-robin play, the first and second place finishers of each group will qualify for the quarterfinals.
Teams competing are: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States and US Virgin Islands
“Bringing a World Cup qualifying competition to Mexico is very relevant, in many aspects, including the support to our local teams, the promotion of a tourist destination that offers great attractions such as Puerto Vallarta and this modality of the most popular sport in our country, without leaving aside the economic benefits and the quality of the sport that promotes healthy coexistence among Mexican families,” said the Mexican Football Federation President Yon de Luisa.
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