Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) and Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) has announced that Puerto Vallarta, Mexico will host the 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship, scheduled to take place May 13-19.
The 2019 edition of the biannual Concacaf event, which will be held with the support of the Municipal Government of Puerto Vallarta, will have the participation of the 16 best national beach soccer teams in the region. The two best-ranked teams in the competition will also ensure qualification for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019.
"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.
The official draw to divide the participating teams into four groups will take place on April 8 live from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
In the last edition of the Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship in the Bahamas, Panama overcame Mexico in the final, to win its first Beach Soccer title.
Soccer fans are encouraged to come cheer Mexico on at the 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship games, which will be held on the IPEJAL grounds in front of Puerto Vallarta's Agustin Flores Contreras Municipal Stadium, an area typically used for world-class beach volleyball competitions, from May 13-19, 2019.
Participating teams include 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.
These 16 teams will be sorted into four groups of four teams. After round-robin play, the first and second place finishers of each group will advance to the quarterfinals. Quarterfinals winners will advance to the semifinals. Semifinal winners will automatically qualify for the tournament's final, as well as the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019.
The public is invited to come watch the competitions, which promise to be full of surprises and adrenaline for athletes and spectators alike.Source: Concacaf