CONCACAF under-20s instead of 23s to determine Olympic spots

CONCACAF said it would hold under-20 qualifying from November 5-14 this year in the Dominican Republic for nations not in its top 16 of under-20 rankings.

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: CONCACAF has eliminated its men's Olympic qualifying tournament and will instead have under-20 teams determine its representatives at the Paris Games in 2024.   -  GETTY IMAGES

CONCACAF took an unusual decision to eliminate its men's Olympic qualifying tournament and will instead have under-20 teams determine its representatives at the Paris Games in 2024.

The governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean announced its change on Thursday.

Olympics men’s football is for under-23 teams, with each nation at the tournament allowed three wild card players over the age limit.

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The United States failed to qualify for the men's Olympic tournament in 2012, 2016 and this year. Clubs do not have to release players to under-23 national teams, and several top Americans who were age-eligible already were with the senior national team.

CONCACAF said it would hold under-20 qualifying from November 5-14 this year in the Dominican Republic for nations not in its top 16 of under-20 rankings. Four teams will advance to the CONCACAF under-20 championship next summer. The semifinalists will qualify for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia in 2023, and the finalists will qualify for the Paris Olympics.

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