Concacaf announced Thursday that the regional men's Olympic Qualifiers will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico, from March 18-30, 2021.
The qualifiers were initially scheduled for March 2020, but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tokyo Summer Olympic Games are currently scheduled for July 23-August 8, 2021.
The eight participating U-23 men's national teams were drawn into two groups of four at a draw event held in Guadalajara in January 2020. The US U-23s are in a group with Mexico, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, with the winners of the two semifinals qualifying for Tokyo. Canada's U-23s will face off with Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti.
For the original draw, the two seeded nations were Mexico, as current champions, and Honduras, as the nation which outperformed the six other participating nations in the previous two editions. The groups drawn in January 2020 remain in place for the rescheduled competition:
Group A: Mexico (A1), USA (A2), Costa Rica (A3) and Dominican Republic (A4)
Group B: Honduras (B1), Canada (B2), El Salvador (B3) and Haiti (B4)
After round-robin play, the first and second place finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals. The two semifinal winners will qualify for the final of this competition, and each earn a spot to represent their country at the Tokyo Summer Games.
A full schedule for the qualifying matches will be released at a later date.