Sun, Jun

T&T to know Concacaf Beach Soccer rivals Monday.

This country will find out its opponents for the 2021 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship in Alajuela, Costa Rica in May when the confederation stages in live draw from 11am on Monday.

Twelve nations will contest the early stage of the qualifiers, namely Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, T&T, Turks and Caicos Islands and the USA.

For the group stage, the 12 participating teams will be divided into three groups of four teams each.

After a round-robin play-off between May 17-19, the first and second-place finishers in each group, and the two best third-place finishers will advance to the knockout stage.

The knockout stage will begin with the quarterfinal matches on May 21, followed by the semifinals on May 22.

In addition to qualifying for the competition’s final, the two semifinal winners will earn a spot in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Russia 2021. The final is scheduled for May 23.

T&T reached the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Championship in 2015, 2017 and 2019. Mexico is the defending Champions. The T&T will be under the supervision of former Barcelona and Spanish beach football star Ramiro Amarelle.

The 43-year old Amarelle, is expected to officially take up his appointment later this month, after arriving on local soil last week.

He will be joined by assistant coach and analyst Jaime Paz in a few days while Maria Gordo, another assistant and mental coach, is already in T&T undergoing quarantine at the Home of Football in Balmain, Couva.

All three coaches will serve for the preparation phase, as well as for the Concacaf Qualifiers, which takes place at the Complejo Deportivo FEDEFUTBOL Plycem, in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Amarelle is also a FIFA instructor and advisor and holds a UEFA Pro License coaching badge.

The rest of the T&T team’s technical staff comprises Ryan Augustine (player/assistant coach), Dr Jason Pilgrim (athletic trainer), Dr Oba Gulston (manager) and Yuri Chapman (assistant manager/kitman).