Posted on January 18, 2012
The 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship will be played at the Domo Polideportivo in Guatemala City, Guatemala from July 2-8, the confederation announced on Wednesday.
It will mark the third time that the CONCACAF finals will be staged in Guatemala.
The Domo Polideportivo was the venue for the 2000 FIFA Futsal World Cup, 2007 Pan American Games qualifying, the 2008 CONCACAF Futsal Championship and numerous Guatemalan international friendly matches.
The competition will be comprised of eight teams, including six that progress directly to the finals. Guatemala, Cuba, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and the United States will be joined by two other qualifiers.
The Caribbean Football Union will conduct a six-team regional tournament at Polideportivo Kid Chocolate in Havana, Cuba from Feb. 17-23. The field is made up of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, St. Kitts & Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago. The team with the best record (excluding Cuba) will advance to Guatemala.
The last berth to the CONCACAF finals will be decided by a two-game playoff between Canada and El Salvador on dates to be determined.
For the first time CONCACAF will send four teams to a FIFA Futsal World Cup, which will be held in Thailand from Nov. 2-18.
The confederation has held four previous futsal qualifying competitions for FIFA tournaments. The U.S. was crowned confederation champion twice (1996, 2004), while Costa Rica (2000) and Guatemala (2008) also won championships. Cuba has finished as runner-up on each occasion.
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