2020 Con­ca­caf U13 Cham­pi­ons League can­celled

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

SCOTIABANK AND the Con­fed­er­a­tion of North, Cen­tral Amer­ica and Caribbean As­so­ci­a­tion Foot­ball (Con­ca­caf ) an­nounced that the Con­ca­caf Scotiabank Un­der-13 Cham­pi­ons League, set to be played in Au­gust in Toluca, Mex­ico, will not take place in 2020.

The health and wel­fare of ev­ery­one in­volved in foot­ball is a pri­or­ity for Con­ca­caf and Scotiabank, and this de­ci­sion has been made with that firmly in mind.

Both or­gan­i­sa­tions will con­tinue mon­i­tor­ing and fol­low­ing the guide­lines from gov­ern­ments and pub­lic health au­thor­i­ties and will jointly dis­cuss po­ten­tial foot­ball de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties for this age group, which could take place in the fu­ture.

“Given the cur­rent pub­lic health sit­u­a­tion, and the un­cer­tainty about when it will be safe for youth sports to re­sume, Con­ca­caf and Scotiabank have de­cided that the Con­ca­caf Scotiabank Un­der-13 Cham­pi­ons League will not take place in 2020,” said Con­ca­caf Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Philippe Mog­gio.

“Since 2014, this event has be­come an im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment plat­form that fos­ters tal­ent, while pro­mot­ing the val­ues of re­spect, team­work, in­clu­sion and pas­sion for the game. We look for­ward to de­liv­er­ing this tour­na­ment next year and wel­com­ing youth teams from across the re­gion to this com­pet­i­tive and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.”

YOUNGEST AGE TOUR­NA­MENT

The Con­ca­caf Scotiabank Un­der-13 Cham­pi­ons League (SCCLU13), which is the con­fed­er­a­tion’s youngest age tour­na­ment, has been hosted in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions of Con­ca­caf, in­clud­ing the Mex­i­can Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (FMF). The com­pe­ti­tion fea­tures 11 par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries from the re­gion, in­clud­ing Canada, Costa Rica, El Sal­vador, Guatemala, Hon­duras, Ja­maica, Mex­ico, Nicaragua, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States.

“Through­out this pan­demic, the health and safety of our em­ploy­ees, cus­tomers and com­mu­ni­ties have been cen­tral to all of our de­ci­sion-mak­ing at Scotiabank. We have been a proud sup­porter of the U-13 Cham­pi­ons League for five years, and we hope that host­ing this event in 2021 will put us in a bet­ter po­si­tion to take care of our youth and our com­mu­ni­ties,” said Mike Ta­sevski, vice-pres­i­dent of global spon­sor­ships at Scotiabank.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the pa­tience and col­lab­o­ra­tion of all the par­tic­i­pants and part­ners in­volved in this im­por­tant com­pe­ti­tion,” Ta­sevski added.

The sixth edi­tion will be held from Au­gust 7-14, 2021, at the FMF head­quar­ters in Toluca, Mex­ico. The play-offs will re­sume in 2021, con­sid­er­ing the Un­der-13 is an age-based tour­na­ment, to pre­serve the play­ers’ sport­ing merit. Given the on­go­ing un­cer­tainty about when foot­ball can re­sume in our re­gion, the con­fed­er­a­tion has also made the de­ci­sion to sus­pend the 2020 Con­ca­caf Girls’ Un­der15 Cham­pi­onship and 2020 Con­ca­caf Men’s Un­der-17 qual­i­fiers. The three youth com­pe­ti­tions were orig­i­nally set to take place in Au­gust 2020.

The Mount Pleas­ant Foot­ball Club rep­re­sented Ja­maica at the 2019 stag­ing of the Scotiabank Un­der-13 Cham­pi­ons League in Costa Rica.

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