|Formation||18 September 1961|
|41 member associations|
|Ted Howard (interim)|
|Alfredo Hawit (interim)|
|AFC, CAF, CONCACAF|
|CONMEBOL, OFC, UEFA|
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF, // KON-kə-kaf) is the continental governing body for association football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Three South American entities—the independent nations of Guyana and Suriname and the French department of French Guiana—are also members. CONCACAF's primary functions are to organize competitions for national teams and clubs, and to conduct 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.
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. They have also reached the Round of 16 for the past 6 World Cups. While the U.S. is the only country outside of 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 has become a power in the region and in 2014 became the 4th CONCACAF country to make the World Cup quarterfinals. United States has been very successful in the women's game, being the only CONCACAF member to win any of the three major worldwide competitions in women's football—the World Cup (3), the Olympics (4), and the Algarve Cup (10).
- 1 Governance
- 2 Leadership
- 3 Corporate structure
- 4 Members
- 5 Membership relation
- 6 Competitions
- 7 Rankings – national teams
- 8 Rankings – clubs
- 9 Current Champions
- 10 Corruption
- 11 Hall of fame
- 12 President's award
- 13 World Cup participation
- 14 Other international tournaments
- 15 See also
- 16 References
- 17 External links
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. Each of the three geographic zones in CONCACAF are represented by one vice-president and one member. The Executive Committee carries out the various statutes, regulations, and resolutions.
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). He was succeeded in the role by Mexican Joaquín Soria Terrazas in 1969 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. Chuck Blazer was the General Secretary during the same period.
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 the 10 May 2011 meeting of the Caribbean Football Union. The vice-president of CONCACAF, Alfredo Hawit, acted as president until May 2012.
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.
The headquarters of the CONCACAF (referred to as the office of the president) are currently located in the Admiral Financial Center, George Town, Cayman Islands—the home city of CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb. Previously, they were based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago under the presidency of Jack Warner.
The administration office of CONCACAF (referred to as the primary office) is located in Miami—the "home town" of Enrique Sanz, the general secretary. Enrique Sanz was appointed as the CONCACAF General Secretary in July 2012. It was previously located in Trump Tower, New York when Chuck Blazer was the General Secretary.
CONCACAF has 41 member associations:
- 27 from the Caribbean
- 7 from Central America
- 4 from North America
- 3 from South America
|North American Zone (NAFU)|
|USA||United States||(M, W)||1913||1914||1961||Yes|
|Central American Zone (UNCAF)|
|CRC||Costa Rica||(M, W)||1921||1927||1961||Yes|
|SLV||El Salvador||(M, W)||1935||1938||1961||Yes|
|Caribbean Zone (CFU)|
|ATG||Antigua and Barbuda||(M, W)||1928||1972||in 1973 or before||Yes|
|BAH||Bahamas||(M, W)||1967||1968||in 1973 or before||Yes|
|VGB||British Virgin Islands||(M, W)||1974||1996||1996||Yes|
|CAY||Cayman Islands||(M, W)||1966||1992||1990||Yes|
|DOM||Dominican Republic||(M, W)||1953||1958||1964||Yes|
|GYF||French Guiana2,3||(M, W)||1962||N/A||2013||No|
|GUY||Guyana2||(M, W)||1902||1970||between 1969 and 1971||Yes|
|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|
|MAF||Saint Martin3||(M, W)||1999||N/A||2013||No|
|VIN||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||(M, W)||1979||1988||1986||Yes|
|SXM||Sint Maarten3||(M, W)||1986||N/A||2013||No|
|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
1:Inside the North American zone, but CFU member.
2:South American country or territory, but CONCACAF member.
3:Full CONCACAF member, but non-FIFA member.
N/A:not applicable,not available or no answer.
Bonaire were promoted from an association member to a full member at the XXIX Ordinary CONCACAF Congress in São Paulo on 10 June 2014.
Potential future members of CONCACAF include the Dutch territories of Saba and Sint Eustatius, the French territories of Saint Barthélemy and Saint Pierre and Miquelon, and the Danish territory of Greenland. Saint Barthélemy, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, and Greenland have functioning international teams.
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.
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".
The Gold Cup and the Champions League are the two most visible CONCACAF tournaments.
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.
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.
CONCACAF Champions League
The CONCACAF Champions League, originally known as the CONCACAF Champions' Cup, is an annual continental club association football competition organised 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 tournament consists of two stages. The group stage is played from August to October, and the knockout phase spans March through May.
Twenty four teams compete in each Champions League — 9 from North America, 12 from Central America, and 3 teams from the Caribbean. The North American and Central American teams qualify through their national leagues or other national tournaments, while the Caribbean teams qualify through the CFU Club Championship.
The title has been won by 28 different clubs, 17 of which have won the title more than once. Mexican clubs have accumulated the highest number of victories, with 30 titles. The second most successful league has been Costa Rica's Primera División with six titles in total. Reigning champions Mexican side Cruz Azul and Club America are the most successful club with six titles.
The following CONMEBOL tournaments have CONCACAF competitors:
Rankings – national teams
- Last updates:
- Men's national teams: 3 September 2015
- Women's national teams: 10 July 2015
|Top men's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
|____||Top women's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
|5||54||Trinidad and Tobago||594||5||48||Trinidad and Tobago||1489|
|11||105||Antigua and Barbuda||304||11||98||Cuba||1206|
|12||107||El Salvador||300||12||101||El Salvador||1184|
|14||116||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||268||Suriname|
|15||119||Saint Kitts and Nevis||256||15||114||Nicaragua||1111|
|16||123||Dominican Republic||248||16||115||Puerto Rico||1108|
|17||128||Belize||227||17||121||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||1000|
|18||131||Saint Lucia||222||18||122||Saint Lucia||991|
|19||132||Bermuda||220||19||125||Saint Kitts and Nevis||956|
|24||152||Puerto Rico||166||24||139||Antigua and Barbuda||767|
|29||176||U.S. Virgin Islands||88||Barbados||979|
|30||178||Montserrat||74||British Virgin Islands||867|
|31||187||Cayman Islands||49||U.S. Virgin Islands||852|
|32||194||Turks and Caicos Islands||33||Turks and Caicos Islands||704|
|33||195||British Virgin Islands||29|
- For a complete list of national rankings see the FIFA Rankings website.
- *Provisionally listed due to not having played more than 5 matches against officially ranked teams.
- **Inactive for more than 18 months and therefore are not officially ranked
Rankings – clubs
Last updated: 20 December 2015
|CONCACAF Gold Cup||Mexico||7th||Jamaica||2017|
|CONCACAF Champions League||Club America||6th||Montreal Impact||2015–16|
|CONCACAF U-20 Championship||Mexico||13th||Panama||2017|
|CONCACAF U-17 Championship||Mexico||6th||Honduras||2017|
|CONCACAF U-15 Championship||Honduras||1st||Guatemala||2015|
|CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup||United States||7th||Costa Rica||2018|
|CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship||United States||4th||Mexico||2015|
|CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship||Mexico||1st||Canada||2016|
|CONCACAF Girls U-15 Championship||Canada||1st||Haiti||2016|
|CONCACAF Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament||Mexico||6th||Honduras||2015|
|CONCACAF Women's Pre-Olympic Tournament||United States||3rd||Canada||2016|
|CONCACAF Futsal Championship||Costa Rica||1st||Guatemala||2016|
|CONCACAF Futsal Club Championship||Glucosoral||1st||Borussia||2015|
|CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship||Mexico||3rd||Costa Rica||2017|
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. 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. 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. Although CONCACAF is a registered non-profit organisation 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.
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. Blazer received a 10% commission on any deal that he made on behalf of CONCACAF.
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."
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. 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". 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. 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. 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 the 10 May 2011 meeting of the Caribbean Football Union. The vice-president of CONCACAF, Alfredo Hawit, acted as president until May 2012.
Indicted CONCACAF individuals
|Name||Nationality||FIFA Position||CONCACAF Position||Regional or National Position||Status||Ref.|
|Blazer, ChuckChuck Blazer||United States||Former General Secretary||Guilty plea|||
|Hawit, AlfredoAlfredo Hawit||Honduras||Vice-President||President||Arrested|||
|Li, EduardoEduardo Li||Costa Rica||member-elect of executive committee||member of executive committee||President of the
Costa Rican Football Federation
|Takkas, CostasCostas Takkas||Cayman Islands||Attaché to the President||Former General Secretary of the
Cayman Islands Football Association
|Warner, DaryanDaryan Warner|| Trinidad and Tobago
|Son of Jack Warner||Guilty plea|||
|Warner, DaryllDaryll Warner|| Trinidad and Tobago
|former development officer||Son of Jack Warner||Guilty plea|||
|Warner, JackJack Warner||Trinidad and Tobago||Former Vice President||former President||former Minister of National Security||Bailed|||
|Webb, JeffreyJeffrey Webb||Cayman Islands||Vice President||President||President of the
Cayman Islands Football Association
Hall of fame
- Hubert Tromp
- Gerard Bean
- Matthew Hogan
- João Havelange
- Rudy Gittens
- Hiram Sosa Lopez
- Isaac Sasso
- Julio Moya
- Ramón Coll Jaumet
- Andres Avelino Constansia[hof 1]
- Patrick John
- Mavis Derflinger
- Clive Toye
- Guillermo Cañedo
- Oscar Thamar
- Carlos Carrera
- Jacques Rugard
- Federico Fortin
- Rafael L. Callejas Romero[hof 1]
- Anthony James
- George Abrahams
- Ricardo Gardener
- Lincoln "Happy" Sutherland[hof 2]
- Aaron Padilla Gutierrez[hof 1]
- Arturo Yamasaki
- Javier Arriaga
- Jesus Martinez[hof 2]
- Joaquín Soria Terrazas
- Joseph Ursulet[hof 2]
- Júlio Rocha
- Mordy Maduro
- Ariel Alvarado[hof 2]
- Sepp Blatter
- André Kamperveen
- Gene Edwards
- Jim Fleming
- Kurt Lamm
- Werner Fricker
- Ricardo Gardener
- Inducted in 2015
- Inducted in 2013
- Carlos Ruiz for speaking out against match-fixing in Guatemala.
- Ian Gaynair for reporting an offer of a bribe
- United States for winning the 2012 Summer Olympics Women's football tournament 
- Mexico for winning the 2012 Summer Olympics Men's football tournament
World Cup participation
- 1st – Champion
- 2nd – Runner-up
- 3rd – Third place
- 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 ten CONCACAF members have ever reached the FIFA World Cup since its inception in 1930, five 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:
|Trinidad and Tobago||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||GS||•||•||1||13|
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. 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. They achieved a perfect record of wins in all six games in the finals. 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. The 1970 Finals attracted a new record television audience for the FIFA World Cup and, for the first time, in colour.
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. 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. The vote was held in Zurich on July 4, 1988, and only took one round with the United States bid receiving a little over half of the votes by the Exco members. 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.
CONCACAF is considered a favorite to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, given that Europe will host in 2018, Asia in 2022, and South America is pushing for the 2030 centenary bid.
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.
Other international tournaments
FIFA Confederations Cup
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 and Honduras have reached the semifinal stage once in the South American tournament, while Costa Rica has reached the quarter finals twice.
- CONCACAF Awards — In November 2013, CONCACAF announced that they would create annual awards for the best players, coaches, and referees.
- List of CONCACAF competitions
- List of Presidents of CONCACAF
- Confederacion Centroamericana y del Caribe de Futbol
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