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Well, it looks like the CSA is improving a little with a press release about the U-20 camp and the news of the uSA and Panama qualification. We'll have another camp in february (no games announced).

Men’s U-20 Team

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Canada’s U-20 team closes camp in Florida; United States, Panama qualify for FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada

OTTAWA (ONTARIO) – Canada’s U-20 World Cup team has wrapped up a successful training session in Sunrise, FL while two more countries have qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The United States and Panama finished one-two in CONCACAF’s Group A qualification tournament which took place Jan. 17-21 in Panama.

The 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup will be hosted by Canada this summer in six Canadian cities: Victoria, Burnaby, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal. The tournament, which takes place Jun. 30 to Jul. 22, is set to be the largest single-sport event in Canadian history.

“At this time of year, our camps are mostly about hard work to prepare our players physically for the coming months,” says Canada U-20 World Cup coach Dale Mitchell. “The camps also allow us to assess new players who may not have had an opportunity with us in the past.

The boys have worked hard during December and January and will continue to do so in our February camp before our focus shifts to the Scotland series in March.”

Canada had 20 players in their camp from Jan. 10-22 in Sunrise, FL. Most of the players invited to this camp came from North American-based teams. Along with their daily training sessions, the Canadians also scrimmaged with the United States U-20 team (just before they headed off for their qualification tournament) and with the Canadian men’s senior team (who are in the midst of their Jan. 15-25 training camp in Florida).

As for Canada’s potential opponents at this summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup, 12 other countries have already booked their tickets for the event. The United States and Panama are the latest two additions after they qualified through the CONCACAF Group A tournament in Panama. Two more CONCACAF countries will qualify for the tournament through a Group B tournament in México from Feb. 21-25.

The other upcoming qualifications are taking place in the Congo (African Youth Championships from Jan. 21-Feb. 4), Paraguay (CONMEBOL qualifiers from Jan. 7-27), and New Zealand (OFC qualifiers from Jan. 21-31). A full list of the countries that have qualified and the remaining qualification groups can be found at the FIFA.com website (http://www.fifa.com/en/comp/U20M2007/tournament/0,4829,U20M-2007-21,00.html).

Once all of the qualifications have been completed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the official draw to seed the 24 countries into six separate groups will take place on Mar. 3 in Toronto, ON.

Media accreditation for the official draw will be conducted through the Canadian Soccer Association website (www.canadasoccer.com) starting in early February.

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