THE Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) has confirmed the programming for the official draw for the Under-17 Championships Honduras in 2015.
The draw will take place on Monday 8, and will be streamed live via CONCACAF.com.
The draw will sort the twelve qualified nations set to participate in the championship into two groups of six teams for the tournament, scheduled for the Estadio Francisco Morazan and Olympic Stadium in San Pedro Sula, from February 27 – March 14.
Five pots will be utilized: three (1, 2 and 3) for the teams and two (A and B) for group position. As host, Honduras will be seeded in position A1 and drawn from Pot 1 alongside three fellow Central American entrants: Costa Rica, Panama and the winner of a playoff, scheduled for January, between El Salvador and Guatemala.
Pots 2 and 3 will be comprised of Caribbean representatives and North American entrants, respectively.
The pots for the draw will therefore be designated as follows – Pot 1 (Central America): Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, UNCAF 3 (El Salvador or Guatemala); Pot 2 (Caribbean): Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago; Pot 3 (North America): Canada, Mexico, United States; Pot A (Seeding for Group A): Six balls with a group positions, 1 – 6, Pot B (Seeding for Group B): Six balls with a group positions, 1-6
Following the drawing of Honduras into Group A as the seeded team, the remaining teams will be drawn one by one from Pot 1. The second team drawn goes to Group B, in a position determined by the place drawn from Pot B. The third team drawn then goes to Group A, with its position drawn from Pot A – the positioning pot for that group. The fourth team drawn from the Central America pot is in turn placed in Group B.
The procedure will then be repeated for regional pots 2 and 3, continuing to alternate placement of the nation drawn into Groups A and B by turn, until the balls are exhausted and groups are full.