Concacaf announced plans for its Concacaf Men’s U-20 Championship, which will not only serve as qualifying for 2023 Under-20 World Cup but also for the 2024 Olympic men's soccer competition.
The move is similar to what Conmebol does, using its U-20 championship as qualifying for the U-20 World Cup, Olympics and Pan-American Games.
The four semifinalists at the 2022 Concacaf U-20 Championship, scheduled to be played in the summer, will qualify for the 2023 Under-20 World Cup, which will be hosted by Indonesia, and the two finalists will qualify for the 2024 Olympics in France.
Previously, Concacaf has held a separate Men’s Olympic qualification tournament. Concacaf is also combining qualifying for the 2023 Women's World Cup and 2024 Olympics via one competition, the new W Championship to be played in 2022.
All teams ranked 17 and below will meet in U-20 men's qualifiers to be played Nov. 5-14 in Santo Domingo. Four group winners will advance to the Concacaf Men’s U-20 Championship knockout stage, where they will join the top 16 ranked teams. Concacaf did not reveal how the 2022 Concacaf Men’s U-20 Championship finals will unfold.
The 2018 Concacaf Men’s U-20 Championship began the group stage involving the top 16 ranked teams divided into four groups. The top three teams in each group advanced to the knockout stage, where they were joined by the four qualifiers to form a 16-team bracket.
The 2020 Concacaf Men’s U-20 Championship was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. No U-20 World Cup was held in 2021.
U.S. Soccer is currently hiring for U-20 coaches
for the men and women. Anthony Hudson
, who was hired as U-20 men's coach in January 2019, is now working as a men's national team assistant.