Guatemala welcomes Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship

CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA, Guatemala, March 9, 2023. – The National Volleyball Federation of Guatemala welcomed the Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship to be held from March 11-19 during a press conference.

Carlos Enrique Santis Rangel, president of the National Federation, alongside other members of the organizing committee presented details of the competition that has eight participating teams who will battle for two berths to the 2025 FIVB Boys U19 World Championship.

Santis Rangel said “Guatemala has experience in hosting international events, but it’s always a challenge; I want to thank NORCECA and Guatemala’s Sport Confederation for their support in welcoming this important continental event that qualifies two teams to the world championship”.

Guatemalan team captain Adolfo Rivas and head coach Luis Fernando Castañeda were present to answer questions for the local press. Rivas indicated his team is highly motivated to play at home and Castañeda specified that 9 players are from Guatemala’s province and 3 from the Guatemala City.

Inspection visits  to the competition and training venues are scheduled for March 11, as well as a joint meeting between the NORCECA control committee and the organizing committee. Teams will go through the preliminary inquiry on March 12.

Pool-play will start on Monday 13, with the first ranked teams from each group advancing directly into the semifinals, while second and third places will play in the quarterfinal round of the event. Medal matches will be played on Saturday 18.

Matches will be streamed on Facebook Live Fnvg Voleibol Guate

Cuba was crowned champion in the past edition held in 2018 in San José, Costa Rica, facing the United States who finished second place; Puerto Rico took third place after beating Guatemala.

Boys U19 NORCECA Championship to be held in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, March 7, 2023. – The 2023 Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship will be held in Guatemala from March 11-19 at the Guatemala City Dome with eight teams competing for two berths to the 2025 FIVB U19 Boys World Championship. 

The preliminary round will kick off on March 13 with Pool A consisting of Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico and United States, while host Guatemala, alongside Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Suriname will play in Pool B.

The top ranked team from each pool will advance directly into the semifinals, while second and third ranked teams will play in the quarterfinal round of the event.

Cuba is NORCECA’s current champion and will not be in Guatemala to defend their title having won the championship on a record of five occasions, followed by United States and Puerto Rica with two titles each. Dominican Republic and Mexico have won it once. 

Cuba and United States have reached the gold medal match in the past three editions, with Cuba winning in 2018 and 2016, while USA won in 2014.

Year by year podium


Composite podium


Preliminary Round Schedule

March 13

14:00    United States v Belize

16:00    Costa Rica v Mexico

18:00    Puerto Rico v Nicaragua

20:00     Guatemala v Suriname

March 14

14:00    United States v Mexico

16:00    Costa Rica v Belize

18:00    Puerto Rico v Suriname

20:00     Guatemala v Nicaragua

March 15

14:00    Costa Rica v United States

16:00    Mexico v Belize

18:00    Suriname v Nicaragua

20:00     Guatemala v Puerto Rico