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Jamaica learn Beach Championship schedule

Published:Monday | December 26, 2016 | 12:35 AM
Burrell

MIAMI, Florida, (CMC):

Nine Caribbean Football Union teams taking part in the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship to be staged in Nassau, Bahamas, from February 20 to 26 next year, now know their schedule.

The regional governing body and Beach Soccer Worldwide disclosed the full schedule of matches recently, which also includes Barbados, a late replacement for Guatemala, which is currently prohibited by FIFA, football’s world governing body, from taking part in international competition.

All but three of the CFU teams will take to the sand on the opening day of the tournament with the hosts bringing the curtain down against Guyana in the night cap match.

Earlier in the day, Barbados get things rolling, when they face Canada, followed by an all-CFU contest between Trinidad & Tobago and Antigua & Barbuda, then Jamaica vs Belize, Mexico vs Guadeloupe and the United States vs United States Virgin Islands.

The Championship will include a field of 16 teams. During the first four days, teams will contest a round-robin format in four groups of four teams each, as selected at the official draw for the competition held last October in Miami.

Group A consists of Bahamas, Jamaica, Belize and Guyana, with Group B comprising Mexico, Barbados, Canada and Guadeloupe.

Group C includes the United States, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and the United Virgin Islands, with Group D formed by El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama and Turks & Caicos Islands.

The winner and runner-up from each group will advance to the quarterfinals, while the third- and fourth-placed teams from each group will also participate in positioning matches over the final three match dates.

The champion and the runner-up of the competition will join host Bahamas as the three CONCACAF representatives at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup to be staged two months later in the same venue.

MATCH SCHEDULE

Monday, February 20, 2017
Barbados vs Canada
Trinidad & Tobago vs Antigua & Barbuda
Jamaica vs Belize
Mexico vs Guadeloupe
United States vs United States Virgin Islands
Bahamas vs Guyana

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Costa Rica vs Panama
El Salvador vs Turks & Caicos Islands
Guadeloupe vs Barbados
Canada vs Mexico
Guyana vs Jamaica
Belize vs Bahamas

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
United States Virgin Islands vs Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos Islands vs Costa Rica
Panama vs El Salvador
Belize vs Guyana
Antigua & Barbuda vs United States
Bahamas vs Jamaica

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Canada vs Guadeloupe
Antigua & Barbuda vs United States Virgin Islands
Panama vs Turks & Caicos Islands
Mexico vs Barbados
El Salvador vs Costa Rica
United States vs Trinidad & Tobago

Friday, February 24, 2017

Minor Quarter-finals
4B vs 4D
4A vs 4C
3B vs 3D
3A vs 3C

Major Quarter-finals
TBD vs TBD Quarterfinal 1
TBD vs TBD Quarterfinal 2
TBD vs TBD Quarterfinal 3
TBD vs TBD Quarterfinal 4

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Minor Semi-finals

Loser Minor quarter-final 2 vs Loser Minor quarter-finals 1

Winner Minor quarter-final 2 vs Winner Minor quarter-finals 1

Loser Minor quarter-final 4 vs Loser Minor quarter-finals 3

Winner Minor quarter-final 4 vs Winner Minor quarter-finals 3

Major Semi-finals

Loser Major quarter-final 2 vs Loser Major quarter-finals 1

Loser Major quarter-final 4 vs Loser Major quarter-finals 3

Winner Major quarter-final 2 vs Winner Major quarter-finals 1

Winner Major quarter-final 4 vs Winner Major quarter-finals 3

Sunday, February 26, 2017 – Final Playoffs

Minor Playoff

Loser Minor semi-final 2 vs Loser Minor semi-finals 1

Major Playoff

Winner Minor semi-final 2 vs Winner Minor semi-finals 1

Minor Consolation Playoff

Loser Minor semi-final 4 vs Loser Minor semi-finals 3

Major Consolation Playoff

Winner Minor semi-final 4 vs Winner Minor semi-finals 3

Minor Consolation Final

Loser Major semi-final 2 vs Loser Major semi-finals 1

Major Consolation Final

Winner Major semi-final 2 vs Winner Major semi-finals 1

Consolation Final

Loser Major semi-final 4 vs Loser Major semi-finals 3

Grand Final

Winner Major semi-final 4 vs Winner Major semi-finals 3