Caribbean Earns Soccer U-20 World Cup Qualifying Spots

Several Caribbean nations kept their hopes alive of making it to soccer’s Under-20 World Cup in 2021 by topping qualifying groups in regional play which ended last month.

The Dominican Republic and Barbados secured first-place finishes in their respective groups to advance to the Caribbean, Central and North America (CONCACAF) round and a chance to qualify for the World Cup.

Host Dominican Republic clinched top spot in Group B after defeating Grenada 1-0. Barbados won Group D following a 3-0 victory over Cayman Islands in Puerto Rico.

Guadeloupe also qualified for the CONCACAF round after beating host Curacao 1-0 in Group C. Central American nation Nicaragua won Group A.

The four group winners will join other nations to play in groups at the CONCACAF final round of qualifiers in Honduras, June 20 to July 5. Several Caribbean nations, including Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, will play in a group tournament if they can advance to the final CONCACAF round, from which the World Cup finalists will be decided.

The next edition of FIFA’s U-20 World Cup will be held in Indonesia.