CONCACAF

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football[1][2] (CONCACAF /ˈkɒn.kəkæf/ KON-kə-kaf; typeset for branding purposes since 2018 as Concacaf)[3] is the continental governing body for association football in North America, which includes Central America and the Caribbean region. Three geographically South American entities — the independent nations of Guyana and Suriname and the French overseas department of French Guiana — are also members.[4] CONCACAF's primary functions are to organize competitions for national teams and clubs, and to conduct World Cup and Women's World Cup qualifying tournaments.

CONCACAF was founded in its current form on 18 September 1961 in Mexico City, Mexico, with the merger of the NAFC and the CCCF, which made it one of the then five, now six continental confederations affiliated with FIFA. Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao), Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname and United States were founding members.[5]

CONCACAF is the third-most successful FIFA confederation. Mexico dominated CONCACAF men's competition early on and has since won the most Gold Cups since the beginning of the tournament in its current format. The Mexican national team is the only CONCACAF team to win an official FIFA tournament by winning the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. While the U.S. is the only country outside Europe and South America to receive a medal in the World Cup, finishing third in 1930, they also reached the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals and the 2009 Confederations Cup final. Between them, Mexico and the U.S. have won all but one of the editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. In recent years Costa Rica and Panama have become powers in the region; in 2014, Costa Rica became the 4th CONCACAF country after the United States, Cuba, and Mexico to make the World Cup quarterfinals, while Panama became the eleventh country from the confederation to participate in the World Cup in 2018. The United States has been very successful in the women's game, being the only CONCACAF member to win all three major worldwide competitions in women's football — the World Cup (3), the Olympics (4), and the Algarve Cup (10). Canada is the only other member to win at least one of the major competitions, winning the Algarve Cup in 2016.

Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF)
Concacaf logo
CONCACAF member associations map
AbbreviationCONCACAF
Formation18 September 1961
Founded atMexico City, Mexico
TypeSports organisation
HeadquartersMiami, Florida, United States
Coordinates25°46′23″N 80°08′17″W / 25.773°N 80.138°WCoordinates: 25°46′23″N 80°08′17″W / 25.773°N 80.138°W
Region
North America, Central America and the Caribbean
Membership
41 member associations
Official language
Victor Montagliani
General Secretary
Philippe Moggio
Parent organization
FIFA
Affiliations
Websitewww.concacaf.com

Governance

CONCACAF is led by a General Secretary, Executive Committee, Congress, and several standing committees. The Executive Committee is composed of eight members — one president, three vice-presidents, three members, and one female member.[6] Each of the three geographic zones in CONCACAF is represented by one vice-president and one member. The Executive Committee carries out the various statutes, regulations, and resolutions.

Leadership

CONCACAF logo (2014–18)
Logo used until 2018

The first leader of CONCACAF was Costa Rican Ramón Coll Jaumet; he had overseen the merger between the North American Football Confederation (NAFC) and the Confederación Centroamericana y del Caribe de Fútbol (CCCF). In 1969, he was succeeded in the role by Mexican Joaquín Soria Terrazas, who served as president for 21 years.

His successor Jack Warner was the CONCACAF president from 1990 to 2011, also for 21 years. Warner was suspended as president on 30 May 2011 due to his temporary suspension from football-related activity by FIFA following corruption allegations.[7] Chuck Blazer was the General Secretary during the same period.[8]

On 20 June 2011, Jack Warner resigned from the presidency of CONCACAF, and removed himself from all participation in football, in the wake of the corruption investigation resulting from 10 May 2011 meeting of the Caribbean Football Union.[9] The vice-president of CONCACAF, Alfredo Hawit, acted as president until May 2012.[10]

In May 2012, Cayman Islands banker Jeffrey Webb was installed as President of CONCACAF. On 27 May 2015, Webb was arrested in Zurich, Switzerland on corruption charges in the U.S.

Victor Montagliani, leader of the Canadian Soccer Association, was elected as president of CONCACAF in May 2016.[11]

Current leaders

Name[12] Nation Position
Victor Montagliani  Canada President
Rodolfo Villalobos  Costa Rica Vice president
Randolph Harris  Barbados Vice president
Sunil Gulati  United States Vice president
Decio De Maria  Mexico Vice president
Philippe Moggio  France General secretary
Jurgen Mainka  United States Media and communications manager
Hugo Salcedo  United States Technical director

Corporate structure

CONCACAF is located in CONCACAF
Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas
Bridgetown, Barbados
Bridgetown, Barbados
Miami, United States
Miami, United States
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Kingston, Jamaica
Kingston, Jamaica
Locations of CONCACAF offices

CONCACAF is a non-profit company registered in Nassau, Bahamas.

The headquarters of the CONCACAF are located in Miami, United States. Previously it had been the Admiral Financial Center, George Town, Cayman Islands—the home city of former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb and prior to that, they were based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago under the presidency of Jack Warner. The administration office of CONCACAF was previously located in Trump Tower, New York when Chuck Blazer was the General Secretary.

In February 2017, a satellite office was opened in Kingston, Jamaica.[13] In July 2017, a second satellite office was opened in Guatemala City, which is shared with UNCAF,[14] and most recently another satellite office for the FIFA Caribbean Development Office[15][16] was opened in Bridgetown, Barbados' suburb of Welches.[17][18]

Members

CONCACAF has 41 member associations:[19]

  • 28 from the Caribbean
  • 7 from Central America
  • 3 from North America
  • 3 from South America
Code Association National teams Founded FIFA
affiliation
CONCACAF
affiliation
IOC
member
North American Zone (NAFU)
CAN  Canada (M, W) 1912 1913 1961 Yes
MEX  Mexico (M, W) 1927 1929 1961 Yes
USA  United States (M, W) 1913 1914 1961 Yes
Central American Zone (UNCAF)
BLZ  Belize (M, W) 1980 1986 1986 Yes
CRC  Costa Rica (M, W) 1921 1927 1961 Yes
SLV  El Salvador (M, W) 1935 1938 1961 Yes
GUA  Guatemala (M, W) 1919 1946 1961 Yes
HON  Honduras (M, W) 1935 1951 1961 Yes
NCA  Nicaragua (M, W) 1931 1950 1961 Yes
PAN  Panama (M, W) 1937 1938 1961 Yes
Caribbean Zone (CFU)
AIA  Anguilla (M, W) 1990 1996 1996 No
ATG  Antigua and Barbuda (M, W) 1928 1972 between 1961 and 1973 Yes
ARU  Aruba (M, W) 1932 1988 1986 Yes
BAH  Bahamas (M, W) 1967 1968 between 1961 and 1973 Yes
BRB  Barbados (M, W) 1910 1968 1967 Yes
BER  Bermuda[m 1] (M, W) 1928 1962 1967 Yes
BOE  Bonaire[m 2] (M, W) 1960 N/A 2014 No
VGB  British Virgin Islands (M, W) 1974 1996 1996 Yes
CAY  Cayman Islands (M, W) 1966 1992 1990 Yes
CUB  Cuba (M, W) 1924 1929 1961 Yes
CUW  Curaçao (M, W) 1921 1932 1961 No
DMA  Dominica (M, W) 1970 1994 1994 Yes
DOM  Dominican Republic (M, W) 1953 1958 1964 Yes
GUF  French Guiana[m 2][m 3] (M, W) 1962 N/A 2013 No
GRN  Grenada (M, W) 1924 1978 1978 Yes
GLP  Guadeloupe[m 2] (M, W) 1958 N/A 2013 No
GUY  Guyana[m 3] (M, W) 1902 1970 between 1969 and 1971 Yes
HAI  Haiti (M, W) 1904 1934 1961 Yes
JAM  Jamaica (M, W) 1910 1962 1963 Yes
MTQ  Martinique[m 2] (M, W) 1953 N/A 2013 No
MSR  Montserrat (M, W) 1994 1996 1996 No
PUR  Puerto Rico (M, W) 1940 1960 1964 Yes
SKN  Saint Kitts and Nevis (M, W) 1932 1992 1992 Yes
LCA  Saint Lucia (M, W) 1979 1988 1986 Yes
SMN  Saint Martin[m 2] (M, W) 1999 N/A 2013 No
VIN  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (M, W) 1979 1988 1986 Yes
SMA  Sint Maarten[m 2] (M, W) 1986 N/A 2013 No
SUR  Suriname[m 3] (M, W) 1920 1929 1961 Yes
TRI  Trinidad and Tobago (M, W) 1908 1964 1964 Yes
TCA  Turks and Caicos Islands (M, W) 1996 1998 1996 No
VIR  U.S. Virgin Islands (M, W) 1992 1998 1987 Yes

M = Men's National Team. W = Women's National Team
N/A: not applicable, not available or no answer.

  1. ^ Inside the North American zone, but CFU member.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Full CONCACAF member, but not a FIFA member.
  3. ^ a b c South American country or territory, but CONCACAF member.

Bonaire were promoted from an association member to a full member at the XXIX Ordinary CONCACAF Congress in São Paulo on 10 June 2014.

Teams not affiliated to the IOC are not eligible to participate in the Summer Olympics football tournament, as a result, they do not participate in the CONCACAF Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament or the CONCACAF Women's Pre-Olympic Tournament.

Membership relation

Elections at the CONCACAF Congress are mandated with a one-member, one-vote rule. The North American Football Union is the smallest association union in the region with only three members, but its nations have strong commercial and marketing support from sponsors and they are the most populous nations in the region.

The Caribbean Football Union has the ability to outvote NAFU and UNCAF with less than half of its membership. Consequently, there is a fractious relationship between members of CFU, UNCAF and NAFU. This provoked former Acting-President Alfredo Hawit to lobby for the CONCACAF Presidency to be rotated between the three unions in CONCACAF in 2011.

Trinidad's Jack Warner presided over CONCACAF for 21 years, and there was little that non-Caribbean nations could do to elect an alternative. Under Warner, the CFU members voted together as a unit with Warner acting as a party whip. It happened with such regularity that sports political commentators referred to the CFU votes as the "Caribbean bloc" vote. Warner rejected the idea in 1993 of merging several smaller nations' national teams into a Pan-Caribbean team. His reasoning was that the nations were more powerful politically when separate than when together. He commented that "being small is never a liability in this sport".[20]

Competitions

The Gold Cup and the Champions League are the two most visible CONCACAF tournaments.[19]

CONCACAF Gold Cup

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the main association football competition of the men's national football teams governed by CONCACAF, held since 1991. The Gold Cup is CONCACAF's flagship competition, and the Gold Cup generates a significant part of CONCACAF's revenue.[21]

The Gold Cup determines the regional champion of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The Gold Cup is held every two years. Twelve teams compete for the Gold Cup — three from North America, five from Central America, and four from the Caribbean. The Central American teams qualify through the Central American Cup, and the Caribbean teams qualify through the Caribbean Cup.

The winners of two successive Gold Cups (for example, the 2013 and 2015 editions) face each other in a playoff to determine the CONCACAF entrant to the next Confederations Cup. If the same team has won the Gold Cup on both relevant occasions, there will be no playoff and that team automatically qualifies for the Confederations Cup.[22]

CONCACAF Nations League

All men's national teams of member associations are to take part in the Nations League; a competition created in 2017. National teams will be placed into tiers and play matches against teams in the same tier. At the end of each season, several national teams can be promoted to the tier above or relegated to the tier below depending upon their results.

CONCACAF Champions League

The CONCACAF Champions League, originally known as the CONCACAF Champions' Cup, is an annual continental club association football competition organized by CONCACAF since 1962 for the top football clubs in the region. It is the most prestigious international club competition in North American football. The winner of the Champions League qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup. The knockout tournament spans February through April.[23]

Sixteen teams compete in each Champions League; 9 from North America, 6 from Central America, and 1 team from the Caribbean. The North American and Central American teams qualify through their national leagues or other national tournaments, while the Caribbean team qualifies through the CFU Club Championship.

The title has been won by 27 different clubs, 17 of which have won the title more than once. Mexican clubs have accumulated the highest number of victories, with 35 titles. The second most successful league has been Costa Rica's Primera División with six titles in total. The most successful club is Club América from Mexico, with seven titles; fellow Mexico side Cruz Azul is just behind with six.

CONCACAF League

Sixteen clubs from Central America and the Caribbean compete in the 2017-established CONCACAF League. The winner of the competition will be awarded a place in the following year's CONCACAF Champions League.

Current title holders

Competition Champion Title Runner-up Next edition
Clubs
CONCACAF Champions League Mexico Monterrey 4th Mexico UANL 2020
CONCACAF League Costa Rica Herediano 1st Honduras Motagua 2019
CONCACAF Futsal Club Championship Costa Rica Grupo Line Futsal 1st United States Elite Futsal 2019
CONCACAF Champions League U13 United States Los Angeles FC 1st Mexico Juniors Tampico 2019
Nations Men
CONCACAF Gold Cup  United States 6th  Jamaica 2019
CONCACAF Cup  Mexico 1st  United States 2019
CONCACAF Nations League 2019–20
CONCACAF U-20 Championship  United States 2nd  Mexico 2020
CONCACAF U-17 Championship  Mexico 7th  United States 2019
CONCACAF U-15 Championship  Mexico 1st  United States ?
CONCACAF Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament  Mexico 7th  Honduras 2019
CONCACAF Futsal Championship  Costa Rica 3rd  Panama 2020
CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship  Panama 1st  Mexico 2019
Nations Women
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup  United States 8th  Canada 2022
CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship  Mexico 1st  United States 2020
CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship  United States 4th  Mexico 2020
CONCACAF Girls U-15 Championship  United States 2nd  Mexico ?
CONCACAF Women's Pre-Olympic Tournament  United States 4th  Canada 2020

CONCACAF competitions

Clubs:

Defunct

National teams:

Intercontinental:

Defunct

Defunct competitions

CONMEBOL tournaments

The following CONMEBOL tournaments have CONCACAF competitors:

National teams

Clubs

Rankings

Men's national teams

FIFA World Rankings

Rankings are calculated by FIFA.

CONCACAF FIFA Country Points +/-
1 18  Mexico 1549 Decrease 1
2 24  United States 1506 Increase 1
3 38  Costa Rica 1458 Decrease 1
4 56  Jamaica 1391 Decrease 2
5 61  Honduras 1369 Increase 2
6 71  El Salvador 1344 Increase 2
7 74  Panama 1327 Increase 2
8 78  Canada 1314 Increase 1
9 82  Curaçao 1296 Decrease 1
10 93  Trinidad and Tobago 1258 Steady
11 100  Haiti 1223 Increase 3
12 123  Antigua and Barbuda 1136 Increase 3
13 129  Nicaragua 1120 Decrease 1
14 135  Saint Kitts and Nevis 1096 Decrease 1
15 143  Guatemala 1074 Increase 6
16 152  Suriname 1045 Increase 1
17 154  Dominican Republic 1028 Steady
18 161  Barbados 996 Increase 1
19 163  Belize 994 Decrease 3
20 170  Saint Lucia 975 Increase 1
21 172  Grenada 973 Increase 1
22 174  Cuba 961 Steady
23 175  Guyana 959 Increase 2
 Bermuda 959 Increase 1
25 178  Dominica 954 Steady
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 954 Increase 2
27 181  Puerto Rico 940 Decrease 2
28 188  Aruba 909 Decrease 1
29 199  Montserrat 895 Increase 1
30 200  U.S. Virgin Islands 888 Increase 2
31 206  Cayman Islands 867 Decrease 3
 British Virgin Islands 867 Increase 1
33 208  Turks and Caicos Islands 862 Steady
34 209  Anguilla 857 Decrease 1
35 210  Bahamas 855 Steady

Last updated 4 April 2019

Top ranked men's national teams by FIFA

CONCACAF Ranking Index

The Ranking Index is calculated by CONCACAF.[24]

Rank Team Pts +/-
1  Mexico 2,009 Steady
2  United States 1,879 Steady
3  Costa Rica 1,776 Steady
4  Honduras 1,641 Steady
5  Panama 1,558 Steady
6  Canada 1,502 Increase 1
7  Jamaica 1,473 Decrease 1
8  Guatemala 1,431 Steady
9  El Salvador 1,424 Increase 1
10  Haiti 1,392 Decrease 1
11  Trinidad and Tobago 1,335 Steady
12  Martinique 1,328 Steady
13  Cuba 1,163 Steady
14  Nicaragua 1,081 Increase 2
15  Curaçao 1,069 Decrease 1
16  French Guiana 1,069 Decrease 1
17  Guadeloupe 1,000 Steady
18  Suriname 997 Increase 1
19  Saint Kitts and Nevis 970 Decrease 1
20  Bermuda 955 Increase 3
21  Antigua and Barbuda 955 Increase 1
Rank Team Pts +/-
22  Guyana 955 Decrease 1
23  Dominican Republic 919 Decrease 3
24  Belize 828 Steady
25  Saint Lucia 826 Steady
26  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 802 Steady
27  Grenada 798 Steady
28  Bonaire 735 Steady
29  Barbados 694 Steady
30  Dominica 649 Increase 1
31  Puerto Rico 609 Decrease 1
32  Aruba 579 Steady
33  Montserrat 567 Increase 2
34  Bahamas 540 Decrease 1
35  Cayman Islands 494 Decrease 1
36  Turks and Caicos Islands 473 Steady
37  U.S. Virgin Islands 418 Steady
38  Sint Maarten 344 Increase 1
39  Saint Martin 293 Decrease 1
40  British Virgin Islands 236 Increase 1
41  Anguilla 235 Decrease 1

Last updated 1 April 2019

Women's national teams

FIFA Women's World Rankings

CONCACAF FIFA Country Points +/-
1 1  United States 2,123 Steady
2 5  Canada 2,006 Steady
3 27  Mexico 1,698 Decrease 3
4 37  Costa Rica 1,630 Decrease 3
5 53  Jamaica 1,436 Increase 11
6 54  Panama 1,433 Increase 12
7 58  Trinidad and Tobago 1,414 Decrease 6
8 73  Haiti 1,349 Decrease 1
9 80  Guatemala 1,288 Increase 73
10 88  Guyana 1,244 Decrease 2
11 93  Cuba 1,224 Decrease 5
12 102  El Salvador 1,179 Decrease 2
13 104  Puerto Rico 1,175 Decrease 1
14 105  Dominican Republic 1,169 Decrease 3
15 117  Suriname 1,113 Decrease 5
16 119  Nicaragua 1,092 Decrease 6
17 127  Saint Lucia 992 Decrease 6
18 128  Saint Kitts and Nevis 989 Decrease 6
19 129  Bermuda 987 Decrease 6
20 130  Barbados 984 Decrease 6
21 133  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 956 Decrease 6
22 136  Dominica 913 Decrease 6
23 138  Grenada 892 Decrease 6
24 140  U.S. Virgin Islands 874 Decrease 6
25 146  Antigua and Barbuda 784 Decrease 5
26 148  Curaçao 752 Decrease 5
27 150  Aruba 742 Decrease 5
 Honduras** 1,152 Steady
 British Virgin Islands** 867 Steady
 Cayman Islands** 849 Steady
 Belize** 825 Steady
 Turks and Caicos Islands* 704 Steady
 Anguilla* 697 Steady

Last updated 7 December 2018

CONCACAF Women's Ranking Index

Beach soccer national teams

Rankings are calculated by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW). Top ten, last updated 13 March 2018

CCF BSWW Country Points
1 13  Mexico 981
2 18  El Salvador 740
3 22  Panama 637
4 29  United States 484
5 35  Bahamas 365
6 43  Costa Rica 287
7 53  Guadeloupe 194
8 56  Trinidad and Tobago 186
9 70  Jamaica 110
10 73  Antigua and Barbuda 81

Club rankings

Men's Futsal

CONCACAF FIFA Country Points +/-

Women's Futsal

CONCACAF FIFA Country Points +/-

Corruption

At the CONCACAF Congress in May 2012 in Budapest, Hungary, legal counsel John P. Collins informed the members of CONCACAF of several financial irregularities. Collins revealed that Jack Warner, the former CONCACAF President, had registered the $22 million 'Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence' development in Port-of-Spain under the name of two companies that Warner owned.[25] In addition, Warner had secured a mortgage against the asset in 2007 which the CONCACAF members were also unaware of; the mortgage was co-signed by Lisle Austin, a former vice-president of CONCACAF.[25] The loan defaulted.

Collins also revealed that CONCACAF, despite most of its income coming from the United States, had not paid any tax to the Internal Revenue Service since at least 2007 and had never filed a return in the United States.[26] Although CONCACAF is a registered non-profit organization in the Bahamas and headquartered in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, they have an administration office in New York, and BDO and CONCACAF invited the IRS to investigate potential liabilities. It is thought that CONCACAF may have to pay up to $2 million plus penalties.

Chuck Blazer stated that a full financial audit into CONCACAF by New-York based consultancy BDO was delayed due to the actions of Jack Warner and his personal accountant, and the accounts could not be "signed off" as a consequence.[26]

In addition, Blazer is to sue CONCACAF for unpaid commission of sponsorship and marketing deals which he had made in 2010 during his time as General Secretary.[25] Blazer received a 10% commission on any deal that he made on behalf of CONCACAF.[27]

The Bermuda FA asked members of CONCACAF to lobby FIFA to remove Blazer from his position on the FIFA Executive Committee. Blazer suggested that it was less to do with financial irregularities and more for his role in the removal of Jack Warner in the Caribbean Football Union corruption scandal: "I spent 21 years building the confederation and its competitions and its revenues and I'm the one responsible for its good levels of income . . . I think this is a reflection of those who were angry at me having caused the action against Warner. This is also a reaction by people who have their own agenda."[27]

Jack Warner presided over CONCACAF for 21 years. Warner was one of the most controversial figures in world football. Warner was suspended as president on 30 May 2011 due to his temporary suspension from football-related activity by FIFA following corruption allegations.[7] A power struggle developed at CONCACAF following the allegations against Warner. The allegations against Warner were reported to the FIFA Ethics Committee by Chuck Blazer, the secretary general of CONCACAF. The acting president of CONCACAF, Lisle Austin, sent Blazer a letter saying he was "terminated as general secretary with immediate effect".[28] Austin described Blazer's actions as "inexcusable and a gross misconduct of duty and judgement" and said the American was no longer fit to hold the post.[29] The executive committee of CONCACAF later issued a statement saying that Austin did not have the authority to fire Blazer, and the decision was unauthorized.[28] On 20 June 2011, Jack Warner resigned from the presidency of CONCACAF, all posts with FIFA, and removed himself from all participation in football, in the wake of the corruption investigation resulting from 10 May 2011 meeting of the Caribbean Football Union.[9] The vice-president of CONCACAF, Alfredo Hawit, acted as president until May 2012.[10]

Indicted CONCACAF individuals

Several CONCACAF officials have been indicted.[30][31]

Name Nationality FIFA position CONCACAF position Regional or national position Status Ref.
Chuck Blazer  United States Former General Secretary Guilty plea [30][31]
Alfredo Hawit  Honduras Vice-President President Arrested [32]
Eduardo Li  Costa Rica member-elect of executive committee member of executive committee President of the
Costa Rican Football Federation
Arrested [30][31]
Costas Takkas  Cayman Islands Attaché to the President Former General Secretary of the
Cayman Islands Football Association
Arrested [30][31]
Daryan Warner  Trinidad and Tobago 
 Grenada
Son of Jack Warner Guilty plea [30][31]
Daryll Warner  Trinidad and Tobago 
 United States
former development officer Son of Jack Warner Guilty plea [30][31]
Jack Warner  Trinidad and Tobago Former Vice President former President former Minister of National Security Bailed [33]
Jeffrey Webb  Cayman Islands Vice President President President of the
Cayman Islands Football Association
Bailed [30][31]

Hall of fame

Source:[34]

  1. ^ a b c Inducted in 2015
  2. ^ a b c d Inducted in 2013

Team of the Century

The CONCACAF Team of the Century was announced as part of the festivities associated with the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.[35]

  1. GK — Antonio Carbajal (Mexico)
  2. DF — Marcelo Balboa (USA)
  3. DF — Gilberto Yearwood (Honduras)
  4. DF — Bruce Wilson (Canada)
  5. DF — Gustavo Pena (Mexico)
  6. MF — Ramon Ramirez (Mexico)
  7. MF — Magico Gonzalez (El Salvador)
  8. MF — Tab Ramos (USA)
  9. FW — Julio Cesar Dely Valdes (Panama)
  10. FW — Hugo Sanchez (Mexico)
  11. FW — Hernan Medford (Costa Rica)

President's award

2013
2015

World Cup participation

Legend
  •  1st  – Champion
  •  2nd  – Runner-up
  •  3rd  – Third place[38]
  •  4th  – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R16 – Round of 16 (since 1986: knockout round of 16)
  • GS – Group stage (in the 1950, 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages, this refers to the first group stage)
  • 1S – First knockout stage (1934–1938 Single-elimination tournament)
  •    — Did not qualify
  •     — Did not enter / withdrew / banned
  •     — Hosts

World Cup results

Only eleven CONCACAF members have ever reached the FIFA World Cup since its inception in 1930, six of them accomplishing the feat only once. No team from the region has ever reached the final at the World Cup, but the United States reached the semifinals in the inaugural edition, for which they were awarded third place. CONCACAF members have reached the quarterfinals five times: Cuba in 1938, Mexico as hosts in 1970 and 1986, the United States in 2002, and most recently, Costa Rica in 2014. Jamaica is the smallest country to ever win a World Cup match, by virtue of their 2–1 victory over Japan in 1998.

The following table shows the CONCACAF representatives at each edition of the World Cup, sorted by number of appearances:

Team Uruguay
1930
Italy
1934
France
1938
Brazil
1950
Switzerland
1954
Sweden
1958
Chile
1962
England
1966
Mexico
1970
Germany
1974
Argentina
1978
Spain
1982
Mexico
1986
Italy
1990
United States
1994
France
1998
South Korea
Japan
2002
Germany
2006
South Africa
2010
Brazil
2014
Russia
2018
Qatar
2022
Canada
Mexico
United States
2026
Total inclusive
WC Qual.
 Mexico GS GS GS GS GS GS QF GS QF R16 R16 R16 R16 R16 R16 R16 16 19
 United States 3rd R16 GS GS R16 GS QF GS R16 R16 10 20
 Costa Rica R16 GS GS QF GS 5 16
 Honduras GS GS GS 3 14
 El Salvador GS GS 2 13
 Cuba QF 1 13
 Haiti GS 1 14
 Canada GS 1 14
 Jamaica GS 1 12
 Trinidad and Tobago GS 1 14
 Panama GS 1 11
Total 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 3 4 3 TBD TBD 42

World Cup hosting

CONCACAF nations have hosted the FIFA World Cup three times.

The 1970 FIFA World Cup took place in Mexico, the first World Cup tournament to be staged in North America, and the first held outside Europe and South America. Mexico was chosen as the host nation in 1964 by FIFA's congress ahead of the only other submitted bid from Argentina.[39] The tournament was won by Brazil. The victorious team led by Carlos Alberto, and featuring players such as Pelé, Gérson, Jairzinho, Rivelino, and Tostão, is often cited as the greatest-ever World Cup team.[40][41][42][43] They achieved a perfect record of wins in all six games in the finals.[44] Despite the issues of altitude and high temperature, the finals produced attacking football which created an average goals per game record not since bettered by any subsequent World Cup Finals.[45][46][47] The 1970 Finals attracted a new record television audience for the FIFA World Cup[48] and, for the first time, in colour.[49][50]

In 1986, Mexico became the first country to host the FIFA World Cup twice when it stepped in to stage the 1986 FIFA World Cup after the original host selection, Colombia, suffered financial problems.[39] Colombia was originally chosen as hosts by FIFA in June 1974. However, the Colombian authorities eventually declared in November 1982 that they could not afford to host the World Cup because of economic concerns. Mexico was selected on 20 May 1983 as the replacement hosts, beating the bids of Canada and the United States, and thereby became the first nation to host two World Cups. This second World Cup in Mexico came 16 years after the first one in 1970.

The United States won the right to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup, defeating bids from Brazil and Morocco.[51] The vote was held in Zurich on 4 July 1988, and only took one round with the United States bid receiving a little over half of the votes by the Exco members.[51] FIFA hoped that by staging the world's most prestigious football tournament there, it would lead to a growth of interest in the sport – one condition FIFA imposed was the creation of a professional football league; Major League Soccer, starting in 1996. The U.S. staged a hugely successful tournament, with average attendance of nearly 69,000 breaking a record that surpassed the 1966 FIFA World Cup average attendance of 51,000 thanks to the large seating capacities the American stadiums provided for the spectators in comparison to the smaller venues of Europe and Latin America. To this day, the total attendance for the final tournament of nearly 3.6 million remains the highest in World Cup history, despite the expansion of the competition to 32 teams at the 1998 World Cup.[52][53]

Canada, Mexico, and the United States have won the bidding to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, competing against a Moroccan bid.[54]

Women's World Cup results

The following table shows the CONCACAF representatives at each edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, sorted by number of appearances.

Team China
1991
Sweden
1995
United States
1999
United States
2003
China
2007
Germany
2011
Canada
2015
France
2019
Total inclusive
WC Qual.
 United States 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st q 8 8
 Canada GS GS 4th GS GS QF q 7 8
 Mexico GS GS GS 3 8
 Jamaica × × q 1 8
 Costa Rica GS 1 8
Total 1 2 3 2 2 3 4 3 14

Other international tournaments

FIFA Confederations Cup

Team 1992
Saudi Arabia
1995
Saudi Arabia
1997
Saudi Arabia
1999
Mexico
2001
South Korea
Japan
2003
France
2005
Germany
2009
South Africa
2013
Brazil
2017
Russia
Total
 Canada × GS 1
 Mexico 3rd GS 1st GS 4th GS 4th 7
 United States 3rd 3rd GS 2nd 4
Total 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 12

Copa América

Mexico has finished runners up twice and 3rd place three times at the Copa América making El Tri the most successful non-CONMEBOL nation. The US national team have reached the semifinal stage in the South American tournament twice, followed by Honduras who have reached it once. Costa Rica has reached the quarter finals twice.

FIFA Futsal World Cup

Nation 1989
Netherlands
1992
Hong Kong
1996
Spain
2000
Guatemala
2004
Chinese Taipei
2008
Brazil
2012
Thailand
2016
Colombia
Years
 Canada R1 1
 Costa Rica R1 R1 R1 R2 4
 Cuba R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 5
 Guatemala R1 R1 R1 R1 4
 Mexico R1 1
 Panama R2 R1 2
 United States 3rd 2nd R1 R2 R1 5
Nations 2 2 2 3 2 3 4 4

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

1995
Brazil
(8)
1996
Brazil
(8)
1997
Brazil
(8)
1998
Brazil
(10)
1999
Brazil
(12)
2000
Brazil
(12)
2001
Brazil
(12)
2002
Brazil
(8)
2003
Brazil
(8)
2004
Brazil
(12)
2005
Brazil
(12)
2006
Brazil
(12)
2007
Brazil
(16)
2008
France
(16)
2009
United Arab Emirates
(16)
2011
Italy
(16)
2013
French Polynesia
(16)
2015
Portugal
(16)
2017
The Bahamas
(16)
Total Participations
 Bahamas R1
11th
1/19
 Canada R1
7th
QF
7th
QF
7th
3/19
 Costa Rica R1
15th
R1
16th
2/19
 El Salvador R1
14th
R1
14th
4th QF
6th
4/19
 Mexico 2nd R1
11th
QF
8th
R1
15th
R1
13th
5/19
 Panama R1
14th
1/19
 United States 2nd 4th 3rd R1
7th
QF
6th
QF
7th
QF
5th
R1
8th
R1
10th
R1
10th
R1
13th
R1
13th
R1
10th
13/19

See also

Resolutions

Awards:
  • CONCACAF Awards — In November 2013, CONCACAF announced that they would create annual awards for the best players, coaches, and referees.[55]

CONCACAF presidents

Related links

References

  1. ^ The organization shall be called "The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football" or "Concacaf" and shall be composed of National Associations belonging to Northern America, Central America and the Caribbean. STATUTES OF THE CONFEDERATION OF NORTH, CENTRAL AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL. Edition 2015. Article 1, Section 1. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  2. ^ Spanish: Confederación de Fútbol de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe, pronounced [komfeðeɾaˈsjon de ˈfuðβol de ˈnoɾte ˈsentɾoaˈmeɾika j el kaˈɾiβe]; French: Confédération de football d'Amérique du Nord, d'Amérique centrale et des Caraïbes, pronounced [kɔ̃fedeʁasjɔ̃ də futbɔl dameʁik dy nɔʁ dameʁik sɑ̃tʁal e dɛ kaʁaib]. Dutch uses the English name.
  3. ^ Straus, Brian (7 March 2018). "New-Look Concacaf Unveils Format, Rules for Nations League Competition". SI.com. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  4. ^ Concacaf Main | CONCACAF Home | About Us | National Associations. Concacaf.com. Retrieved on 14 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Ramón Coll, electo Presidente de la Confederación de Futbol de América del Norte, América Central y el Caribe". La Nación (Google News Archive). 23 September 1961.
  6. ^ "Executive Committee". CONCACAF. Archived from the original on 20 January 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Bin Hammam and Warner suspended after FIFA investigation". CNN. 29 May 2011.
  8. ^ Chuck Blazer resigns CONCACAF post – ESPN / AP, 6 October 2011
  9. ^ a b FIFA announces Jack Warner resignation 20 June 2011. Fifa.com (20 June 2011). Retrieved on 14 October 2011.
  10. ^ a b "Concacaf Suspends Its Acting President on Eve of Gold Cup". The New York Times. 4 June 2011.
  11. ^ "Canadian wins CONCACAF presidency". Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  12. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA Associations and Confederations – CONCACAF – FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  13. ^ "CONCACAF opens new office in Caribbean to support growth". www.concacaf.com. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  14. ^ "New CONCACAF Office Opens in Guatemala". www.concacaf.com. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  15. ^ Lindsay, Morissa (29 May 2018). "FIFA's 'home'". Barbados Today. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  16. ^ Writer, Staff (30 May 2018). "FIFA Regional Office open for business". The Barbados Advocate Co. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  17. ^ Stuart, Ezra (10 May 2018). "Major milestone". Barbados Daily Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  18. ^ Agard, Rachelle (30 May 2018). "FIFA in B'dos". Barbados Daily Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  19. ^ a b "CONCACAF". CONCACAF.
  20. ^ "Warner Rejects Idea Of Caribbean Team". Jamaica Gleaner. 4 August 1993.
  21. ^ "2016 COPA? Webb: CONCACAF 'exploring the possibility of hosting Copa America'". bigapplesoccer.com. Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  22. ^ "2013, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners will play one-off match for 2017 Confederations Cup berth". MLS Soccer. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  23. ^ "CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE REGULATIONS 2013/2014, Rule 3.7" (PDF). concacaf.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 November 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  24. ^ "CONCACAF Launches New Ranking Index". CONCACAFNationsLeague.com. The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  25. ^ a b c "CONCACAF finances laid bare". thisislondon.co.uk. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  26. ^ a b Panja, Tariq (23 May 2012). "Concacaf Soccer Body Tells Members About Financial Mismanagement". Bloomberg. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  27. ^ a b "Fifa Exco member Chuck Blazer accused of financial irregularities". Guardian. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  28. ^ a b "Chuck Blazer 'survives sacking attempt', says Concacaf". BBC News Online. 1 June 2011.
  29. ^ "Concacaf bans president Austin after Blazer 'sacking'". BBC News Online. 4 June 2011.
  30. ^ a b c d e f g "Nine FIFA Officials and Five Corporate Executives Indicted for Racketeering Conspiracy and Corruption". United States Department of Justice. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  31. ^ a b c d e f g "Fifa corruption: arrests made following hotel raid". The Daily Telegraph. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  32. ^ "Fifa arrests: Two Fifa vice-presidents detained at Zurich hotel". BBC News Online. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  33. ^ Rupert Neate, Owen Gibson and agencies (28 May 2015). "Jack Warner : former Fifa kingpin spends night in jail after corruption arrest". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  34. ^ "CONCACAF hall of fame". CONCACAF.com.
  35. ^ "Balboa, Ramos named to CONCACAF "Team of the Century"", Soccer America, 14 May 1998.
  36. ^ "CONCACAF to honor D.C. United forward Carlos Ruiz with first-ever President's Award". DCUnited.com. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  37. ^ "CONCACAF Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees and President's Award Recipients". CONCACAF. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  38. ^ There was no Third Place match in 1930; The United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semifinals. FIFA recognizes the United States as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team using the overall records of the teams in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.
  39. ^ a b "Host Announcement Decision" (PDF). FIFA. 2 December 2010.
  40. ^ "The Story of the 1970 World Cup". BBC. 12 May 2010.
  41. ^ "Brazil's 1970 winning team voted best of all time". Reuters. 9 July 2007.
  42. ^ "The Boys from Brazil: On the trail of football's dream team". The Independent. 10 April 2010.
  43. ^ "The 10 Greatest Football teams of all time". Daily Mail. 1 May 2009.
  44. ^ "Netherlands' perfect winning streak can match historic feat of Brazil 1970". Goal.com. 7 July 2010. Archived from the original on 12 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  45. ^ "Castrol index tournament legends". Castrol Performance Index. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  46. ^ "Perfect farewell to Pelé's last appearance in a World Cup". Brasil 2014: World Cup Portal. Archived from the original on 12 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  47. ^ "World Championship – Jules Rimet 1970 Cup Technical study" (PDF). FIFA.
  48. ^ Dunmore, Tom (2011). Historical Dictionary of Soccer. Scarecrow Press. p. 13.
  49. ^ "1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico". FIFA. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008.
  50. ^ "40 years since first World Cup in colour". TVlicensing.co.uk.
  51. ^ a b "FIFA World Cup host announcement decision" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. p. 2. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  52. ^ "FIFA World Cup competition records" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. p. 2. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  53. ^ "Previous World Cups", FIFA.com. Retrieved 21 November 2013
  54. ^ Los Angeles Times (7 July 2013). "CONCACAF president is pushing hard to land 2026 World Cup". latimes.com.
  55. ^ "Inaugural CONCACAF Awards to Be Presented in December". CONCACAF.com. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.

External links

Hall of fame

  1. ^ a b c Inducted in 2015
  2. ^ a b c d Inducted in 2013

References

  1. ^ The organization shall be called "The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football" or "Concacaf" and shall be composed of National Associations belonging to Northern America, Central America and the Caribbean. STATUTES OF THE CONFEDERATION OF NORTH, CENTRAL AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL. Edition 2015. Article 1, Section 1. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  2. ^ Spanish: Confederación de Fútbol de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe, pronounced [komfeðeɾaˈsjon de ˈfuðβol de ˈnoɾte ˈsentɾoaˈmeɾika j el kaˈɾiβe]; French: Confédération de football d'Amérique du Nord, d'Amérique centrale et des Caraïbes, pronounced [kɔ̃fedeʁasjɔ̃ də futbɔl dameʁik dy nɔʁ dameʁik sɑ̃tʁal e dɛ kaʁaib]. Dutch uses the English name.
  3. ^ Straus, Brian (7 March 2018). "New-Look Concacaf Unveils Format, Rules for Nations League Competition". SI.com. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  4. ^ Concacaf Main | CONCACAF Home | About Us | National Associations. Concacaf.com. Retrieved on 14 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Ramón Coll, electo Presidente de la Confederación de Futbol de América del Norte, América Central y el Caribe". La Nación (Google News Archive). 23 September 1961.
  6. ^ "Executive Committee". CONCACAF. Archived from the original on 20 January 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Bin Hammam and Warner suspended after FIFA investigation". CNN. 29 May 2011.
  8. ^ Chuck Blazer resigns CONCACAF post – ESPN / AP, 6 October 2011
  9. ^ a b FIFA announces Jack Warner resignation 20 June 2011. Fifa.com (20 June 2011). Retrieved on 14 October 2011.
  10. ^ a b "Concacaf Suspends Its Acting President on Eve of Gold Cup". The New York Times. 4 June 2011.
  11. ^ "Canadian wins CONCACAF presidency". Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  12. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA Associations and Confederations – CONCACAF – FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  13. ^ "CONCACAF opens new office in Caribbean to support growth". www.concacaf.com. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  14. ^ "New CONCACAF Office Opens in Guatemala". www.concacaf.com. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  15. ^ Lindsay, Morissa (29 May 2018). "FIFA's 'home'". Barbados Today. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  16. ^ Writer, Staff (30 May 2018). "FIFA Regional Office open for business". The Barbados Advocate Co. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  17. ^ Stuart, Ezra (10 May 2018). "Major milestone". Barbados Daily Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  18. ^ Agard, Rachelle (30 May 2018). "FIFA in B'dos". Barbados Daily Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  19. ^ a b "CONCACAF". CONCACAF.
  20. ^ "Warner Rejects Idea Of Caribbean Team". Jamaica Gleaner. 4 August 1993.
  21. ^ "2016 COPA? Webb: CONCACAF 'exploring the possibility of hosting Copa America'". bigapplesoccer.com. Archived from the original on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  22. ^ "2013, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners will play one-off match for 2017 Confederations Cup berth". MLS Soccer. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  23. ^ "CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE REGULATIONS 2013/2014, Rule 3.7" (PDF). concacaf.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 November 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  24. ^ "CONCACAF Launches New Ranking Index". CONCACAFNationsLeague.com. The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  25. ^ a b c "CONCACAF finances laid bare". thisislondon.co.uk. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  26. ^ a b Panja, Tariq (23 May 2012). "Concacaf Soccer Body Tells Members About Financial Mismanagement". Bloomberg. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  27. ^ a b "Fifa Exco member Chuck Blazer accused of financial irregularities". Guardian. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  28. ^ a b "Chuck Blazer 'survives sacking attempt', says Concacaf". BBC News Online. 1 June 2011.
  29. ^ "Concacaf bans president Austin after Blazer 'sacking'". BBC News Online. 4 June 2011.
  30. ^ a b c d e f g "Nine FIFA Officials and Five Corporate Executives Indicted for Racketeering Conspiracy and Corruption". United States Department of Justice. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  31. ^ a b c d e f g "Fifa corruption: arrests made following hotel raid". The Daily Telegraph. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  32. ^ "Fifa arrests: Two Fifa vice-presidents detained at Zurich hotel". BBC News Online. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  33. ^ Rupert Neate, Owen Gibson and agencies (28 May 2015). "Jack Warner : former Fifa kingpin spends night in jail after corruption arrest". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  34. ^ "CONCACAF hall of fame". CONCACAF.com.
  35. ^ "Balboa, Ramos named to CONCACAF "Team of the Century"", Soccer America, 14 May 1998.
  36. ^ "CONCACAF to honor D.C. United forward Carlos Ruiz with first-ever President's Award". DCUnited.com. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  37. ^ "CONCACAF Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees and President's Award Recipients". CONCACAF. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  38. ^ There was no Third Place match in 1930; The United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semifinals. FIFA recognizes the United States as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team using the overall records of the teams in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.
  39. ^ a b "Host Announcement Decision" (PDF). FIFA. 2 December 2010.
  40. ^ "The Story of the 1970 World Cup". BBC. 12 May 2010.
  41. ^ "Brazil's 1970 winning team voted best of all time". Reuters. 9 July 2007.
  42. ^ "The Boys from Brazil: On the trail of football's dream team". The Independent. 10 April 2010.
  43. ^ "The 10 Greatest Football teams of all time". Daily Mail. 1 May 2009.
  44. ^ "Netherlands' perfect winning streak can match historic feat of Brazil 1970". Goal.com. 7 July 2010. Archived from the original on 12 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  45. ^ "Castrol index tournament legends". Castrol Performance Index. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  46. ^ "Perfect farewell to Pelé's last appearance in a World Cup". Brasil 2014: World Cup Portal. Archived from the original on 12 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  47. ^ "World Championship – Jules Rimet 1970 Cup Technical study" (PDF). FIFA.
  48. ^ Dunmore, Tom (2011). Historical Dictionary of Soccer. Scarecrow Press. p. 13.
  49. ^ "1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico". FIFA. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008.
  50. ^ "40 years since first World Cup in colour". TVlicensing.co.uk.
  51. ^ a b "FIFA World Cup host announcement decision" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. p. 2. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  52. ^ "FIFA World Cup competition records" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. p. 2. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  53. ^ "Previous World Cups", FIFA.com. Retrieved 21 November 2013
  54. ^ Los Angeles Times (7 July 2013). "CONCACAF president is pushing hard to land 2026 World Cup". latimes.com.
  55. ^ "Inaugural CONCACAF Awards to Be Presented in December". CONCACAF.com. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup

The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the 11th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition and 21st CONCACAF regional championship overall in CONCACAF's fifty years of existence. The United States was the host nation.

The competition started on June 5, 2011 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, and ended with the final on June 25, 2011 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, with Mexico beating the United States 4-2.

This competition was the fifth tournament without guests from other confederations. Mexico won their sixth Gold Cup, and ninth CONCACAF Championship overall. It was the third consecutive Gold Cup final and second consecutive win also.

As winner of the tournament, Mexico qualified for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil as the representative from CONCACAF.

2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the 12th CONCACAF Gold Cup competition and the 22nd CONCACAF regional championship overall in CONCACAF's fifty years of existence. The United States was the host nation.

The competition began on 7 July 2013 at the Rose Bowl, and ended with the final on 28 July 2013 at Soldier Field, with the United States defeating Panama 1–0. In this edition of the Gold Cup, Mexico was missing more than half of their usual starters due to them playing in the 2013 Confederations Cup prior to the Gold Cup. Despite not playing with their full squad, they successfully reached the semi-finals where they lost to eventual runners-up Panama with a score of 1–2.

United States won the tournament, which qualified them for a play-off match against the champions of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, to decide which team would represent CONCACAF in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. The playoff was played in a single match held on 10 October 2015, which Mexico won 3–2.

2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the 13th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition and the 23rd CONCACAF regional championship overall in the organization's fifty-four years of existence. It was held in the United States, with two matches being played in Canada, marking the first time the CONCACAF Gold Cup was played in that country.Mexico won the competition after surviving both the quarterfinals and semifinals in controversial circumstances, defeating Jamaica – the first Caribbean nation to reach such a stage – in the final.

Of the co-hosts, Canada was eliminated in the group stage, while the United States, the defending champions, lost in the semifinals to Jamaica. The competition included a third place match for the first time since 2003, in which Panama defeated the United States.

2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League

The 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League (officially the 2015–16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons) was the 8th edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current name, and overall the 51st edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

América were the defending champions, and won their second consecutive title, and seventh CONCACAF club title (including the CONCACAF Champions' Cup era), by beating fellow Mexican team UANL 4–1 on aggregate in the final. As the winner of the 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League, they qualified as the CONCACAF representative at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, their third appearance in the FIFA Club World Cup.

2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League

The 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League (officially the 2016–17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons) was the 9th edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current name, and overall the 52nd edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Pachuca won their fifth title, and their first since 2009–10, by defeating UANL 2–1 on aggregate in the final. As the winner of the 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League, Pachuca qualified as the CONCACAF representative at the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. América won the previous two tournaments, but did not qualify for this tournament and were unable to defend their title.

2018 CONCACAF Champions League

The 2018 CONCACAF Champions League (officially the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League for sponsorship reasons) was the 10th edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current name, and overall the 53rd edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

The format of the tournament was changed as part of a new CONCACAF club competition platform consisting of two tournaments (CONCACAF League and CONCACAF Champions League) and a total of 31 teams competing during the season (an increase from the previous 24 teams), with 16 teams competing in the newly created CONCACAF League from August to October, and the winner of the CONCACAF League joining the 15 direct entrants competing in the CONCACAF Champions League from February to April. As a result, the 2018 edition was played using a new format that included the removal of the group stage, a reduction in participating teams from 24 to 16, and a total reduction in matches from 62 to 30.

Guadalajara defeated Toronto FC in the final to win their second CONCACAF club title and their first in the Champions League era, and qualified as the CONCACAF representative at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Pachuca won the previous tournament but did not qualify for this tournament and were unable to defend their title.

2019 CONCACAF Champions League

The 2019 CONCACAF Champions League (officially the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League) was the 11th edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current name, and overall the 54th edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.Monterrey defeated UANL 2–1 on aggregate in the final to win their fourth title. Guadalajara were the title holders, but did not qualify for this tournament and were unable to defend their title.

2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup

The 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be the 15th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial international men's football championship of the North, Central American, and Caribbean region organized by CONCACAF. The tournament will primarily be hosted in the United States, with Costa Rica and Jamaica also hosting double-headers in the first round of matches in groups B and C, respectively.

The United States are the defending champions, having won the 2017 tournament.

In February 2018, CONCACAF announced that the tournament would expand to 16 teams from 12.

CONCACAF Boys' Under-15 Championship

CONCACAF Boys' Under-15 Championship is a CONCACAF football competition.

The competition took place for the first time in 2013.

CONCACAF Champions League

The CONCACAF Champions League (also known as Concachampions) is an annual continental club football competition organized by CONCACAF for the top football clubs in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The winner of the CONCACAF Champions League automatically qualifies for the quarter-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. The tournament is officially known as the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, since February 2015, due to sponsorship by Scotiabank. The competition has been completed 54 times through the 2019 event, with 56 champions due to a three-way shared title in the 1978 competition.

The tournament's current format uses a knockout format, though the tournament had a group stage prior to the 2018 tournament. Unlike its European and South American counterparts, the winners of the CONCACAF Champions League do not automatically qualify for the following season's competition.The competition was originally known as the CONCACAF Champions' Cup when it was first organized in 1962. The title has been won by 28 clubs, 17 of which have won the title more than once. Mexican clubs have accumulated the highest number of victories, with 34 titles in total. The second most successful league has been Costa Rica's Primera División with six titles in total. Mexican side Club América are the most successful club in the competition's history with seven titles, followed by fellow Mexican-side Cruz Azul with six titles. The most successful non-Mexican club is Saprissa of Costa Rica with three titles. The only four teams to successfully defend the trophy are all Mexican: América, Cruz Azul, Pachuca and Monterrey. The current champions of the competition are Monterrey, who defeated UANL in the 2019 finals.

CONCACAF Gold Cup

The CONCACAF Gold Cup (Spanish: Copa de Oro de la CONCACAF) is the main association football competition of the men's national football teams governed by CONCACAF, determining the continental champion of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The Gold Cup is held every two years.

CONCACAF League

The CONCACAF League is an annual continental club football competition organized by CONCACAF. It was announced on 8 May 2017. The 2019 edition was expanded to 22 teams from 16 in the 2017 and 2018 editions.The competition features 22 teams in a knockout cup with each round having two legs. The top six teams in the competition proceeds to the CONCACAF Champions League.

CONCACAF Nations League

The CONCACAF Nations League is an international football competition, to be contested by the senior men's national teams of the member associations of CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The tournament would take place on dates that are currently allocated for international friendlies on the FIFA International Match Calendar. The inaugural tournament is expected to begin in September 2019. A one-off qualifying tournament took place from September 2018 to March 2019.

CONCACAF Under-17 Championship

The CONCACAF U-17 Championship is an international association football event in the North America, Central America and the Caribbean region, and is the qualification tournament for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

CONCACAF Under-20 Championship

The CONCACAF Under-20 Championship is the second longest running international association football event in the North America, Central America and the Caribbean region, CONCACAF, and is the qualification tournament for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The format of the tournament has undergone changes over the years. The tournament proper is currently played with a first round of four round-robin groups from which the top two sides from each group advance to a single-elimination championship round.

Copa América Centenario

The Copa América Centenario (English: Centennial Cup Americas; literally Centennial America Cup) was an international men's association football tournament that was hosted in the United States in 2016. The competition was a celebration of the centenary of CONMEBOL and the Copa América, and was the first Copa América hosted outside South America.The tournament was the 45th edition of Copa América since its inception in 1916. It was held as part of an agreement between CONMEBOL (the South American football confederation) and CONCACAF (the football confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean) as a special edition between the usual four-year cycle, and featured an expanded field of 16 teams (an increase from the usual 12), with all ten teams from CONMEBOL and six teams from CONCACAF. Despite the tournament being an official iteration of the Copa América, the winner would not receive an invitation to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup due to the commemorative nature of the tournament, although eventual winners Chile had already qualified through their 2015 victory.

Chile became the fourth nation to win at least two consecutive Copa América titles, after Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. Argentina, meanwhile, lost their third consecutive final in a major tournament, following losses to Germany at the 2014 World Cup and Chile at the 2015 Copa América.

Cruz Azul

Cruz Azul (pronounced [kɾus aˈsul]) is a Mexican football club that plays in the top division of Mexican football, Liga MX.

Originally from Hidalgo in the town of Jasso (now part of the "city cooperative" Ciudad Cooperativa Cruz Azul), south of Tula de Allende, the club moved to Mexico City in 1971. Estadio Azteca, the nation's largest sports venue, served as their home venue until 1996, when they moved to the Estadio Azul. After 22 years, however, the team returned to the Azteca at the conclusion of the 2017-18 Liga MX season. Its headquarters are in La Noria, a suburb within Xochimilco in the southern part of Mexico City.Cruz Azul has been the Primera División champion eight times, trailing Toluca's 10, C.D. Guadalajara's 12 and Club América's 13. Cruz Azul's six titles makes it the second most successful club in the history of the CONCACAF Champions League, the most prestigious international club competition in North American football, trailing Mexico City rivals, Club America. Cruz Azul was also the first CONCACAF team to reach the final of the Copa Libertadores, the most prestigious club competition in South American football (which invited top Liga MX clubs from 1998 to 2017), losing on penalties to Argentine football giants Boca Juniors in 2001. In the 1968–69 season, Cruz Azul became the first CONCACAF club (and third worldwide club) to complete a rare Continental Treble, winning the Mexican Primera División championship, the Copa México national tournament, and the CONCACAF Champions League.

The International Federation of Football History & Statistics, in its Club World Ranking for year ending December 31, 2014, places Cruz Azul as the 99th best club in the world and the 3rd best club in CONCACAF. According to several polls published, Cruz Azul is the third most popular team in Mexico, behind only C.D. Guadalajara and Club América.

Keylor Navas

Keylor Antonio Navas Gamboa (Spanish pronunciation: [keiˈloɾ anˈtonjo ˈnaβaz ɣamˈbo.a]; born 15 December 1986) is a Costa Rican professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Costa Rica national team.

After starting out at Saprissa he moved to Albacete, and then to Levante in La Liga. Navas joined Real Madrid in 2014 for €10 million.

Navas has played over 80 times for Costa Rica since making his debut in 2008. He has represented the country at two CONCACAF Gold Cups and the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup. His impressive performances helped the team reach the quarter-finals of the 2014 tournament. Often considered as one of the world's best goalkeepers, the best in the history of CONCACAF, and one of the best in the history of Latin America, Navas has won a total of twelve titles with Real Madrid, including three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles as the first choice goalkeeper. His performances in the 2017–18 season earned him the 2017–18 UEFA Club Football Award for best UEFA goalkeeper and was named in the UEFA Champions League squad of the season of 2018.

Mexico national football team

The Mexico national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de México) represents Mexico in international football and is governed by the Mexican Football Federation (Spanish: Federación Mexicana de Fútbol). It competes as a member of CONCACAF, which encompasses the countries of North and Central America, and the Caribbean. The team plays its home games at the Estadio Azteca.

Mexico has qualified to sixteen World Cups and has qualified consecutively since 1994, making it one of six countries to do so. The Mexico national team, along with Brazil are the only two nations to make it out of the group stage over the last seven World Cups. Mexico played France in the very first match of the first World Cup on 13 July 1930. Mexico's best progression in World Cups has been reaching the quarter-finals in both the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, both of which were staged on Mexican soil.

Mexico is historically the most successful national team in the CONCACAF region, having won ten confederation titles, including seven CONCACAF Gold Cups and three CONCACAF Championships (the precursor to the Gold Cup), as well as three NAFC Championships, one North American Nations Cup, and one CONCACAF Cup. It is one of eight nations to have won two of the three most important football tournaments (the World Cup, Confederations Cup, and Summer Olympics), having won the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2012 Summer Olympics. Mexico is also the only team from CONCACAF to have won an official FIFA competition, winning the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. Although Mexico is under the jurisdiction of CONCACAF, the national team has been regularly invited to compete in the Copa América since 1993, finishing runner-up twice – in 1993 and 2001 – and obtaining the third-place medal on three occasions.

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