FOX Soccer today announced the addition of five exclusive CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) competitions to its already robust schedule of world-class events.
Added are the 2015 CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying, 2013 CONCACAF Men's Under-17 and Under-20 Championships and 2014 CONCACAF Women's Under-17 and Under-20 Championships. First up is the Men's Under-20 CONCACAF Championship in Puebla Mexico, with live coverage that begins Monday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 PM ET.
These additions, along with the CONCACAF Champions League and 2013 Gold Cup scheduled later this year, cement FOX Soccer as the preeminent U.S. destination for the region's best soccer competitions.
"We are thrilled to add five different and unique CONCACAF competitions to FOX Soccer beginning this month," said David Nathanson, Executive Vice President and General Manager of FOX Soccer. "Not only can viewers follow the U.S. Women for another exhilarating quest for a seventh consecutive FIFA World Cup appearance, but they're also able to witness many of the region's emerging young stars."
"Our expanded relationship with FOX Soccer in the United States is a tangible example of the growing popularity that our competitions are experiencing within our region", said the President of CONCACAF, Jeffrey Webb. "We are hopeful that this comprehensive coverage model will serve as the benchmark for future years."
The U.S. Men's U-20 roster includes one of the country's top emerging players, Luis Gil, a rising star in Major League Soccer (Real Salt Lake). The U-20 competition also features a Mexican side that reached the semi-finals at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. The tournament is followed by the Men's U-17 fixtures on April 6-19 in Panama. Both competitions feature twelve teams battling for the top-four spots to automatically advance to the 2013 U-17 FIFA World Cup in Turkey and U-20 FIFA World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
The Women's U-20 CONCACAF Championship takes place in March 2014 with eight squads vying for only three spots to travel to the 2014 FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup in Costa Rica. The U.S. U-20 team, which has won the competition a record three times, sports two of the country's top women's players in midfielder Samantha Mewis (UCLA) and forward Maya Hayes (Penn State). The Women's U-17 CONCACAF coverage is slated to begin later that year in May with the same storyline as three coveted spots are sought for the 2014 FIFA Women's U-17 World Cup in Canada.
The CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifiers, showcasing the U.S. Women's National Team led by 2012 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Abby Wambach, is set for 2015. It pits eight teams in the region against each other for an automatic berth to the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, scheduled for telecast on FOX Sports Media Group platforms.