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10-14 December
FC Under-17 Junior Tournament
Central Zone qualifying
Siguatepeque, Honduras
11-15 December
FC Champions Cup
Caribbean Zone final (Group B)
Trinidad & Tobago
15-19 January 2003
FC Under-17 Junior Tournament
Central Zone qualifying
Arco Iris, Panamá
26 January 2003
CONCACAF Referees Committee Meeting
New York, NY USA
Striker Orlando Rodriguez led Panama’s attack as they won their group in the FC Under-20 Youth
Tournament and qualified for a FIFA world championship for the first time in history.
(Photo: Diario La Prensa, Panamá).


It’s been a busy few months around the Confederation, with a
number of countries all realizing their dreams of claiming CONCACAF
places for the world stage in myriad competitions – and more to come.
The biggest event was the FC Women’s Gold Cup, the
Confederation’s signature event for women’s national teams. This year,
the competition took on a double importance – CONCACAF’s two-plus
berths for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2003 China PR also on offer along
with the title of champion of the region.
In the end, it took a truly golden goal from Mia Hamm to give the USA a 2:1 victory
against Canada and claim their fifth CONCACAF women’s championship in five tries,
while staying unbeaten all-time in Confederation championship matches. But both finalists
had already secured the two CONCACAF automatic berths; Mexico earned the right to a
playoff with the third-placed team in the Asian Football Confederation by defeating Costa
Rica in the Women’s Gold Cup third-place match.
As well, the four CONCACAF representatives for the FIFA World Youth Championship
were decided in the two final tournaments in Panama and the USA. The latter qualified for
the ninth time in 14 World Youth Championships, but Panama surprised everyone by winning their group and reaching a FIFA world finals for the first time at any level in earning
a ticket to the United Arab Emirates. Mexico finished second to Panama to qualify for a
10th WYC, while Canada knocked off the USA to win their group and earn a sixth-ever trip.
By the end of the year, the eight teams for the FC final tournaments at the Under-17
level will be decided, with the winners in the tournaments set for March 2003 qualifying
for FIFA Under-17 World Championship Finland 2003. The quadrangulars will be played
in Canada and Guatemala.
Finally, the Confederation’s two prestige tournaments kick into high gear following the
new year, with qualifying rounds already underway. The final 16 teams for the 2003 version of the CONCACAF Champions Cup will be decided by the end of December, the first
round proper (home and away format) set to kick off in February. The FC Gold Cup field
will also be set by spring for the seventh edition of the Confederation’s signature event for
national teams – to be played 12-27 July 2003 – when qualifying concludes in the
Caribbean and Central zones.

27 January 2003
CONCACAF Executive Committee Meeting
New York, NY USA
5-16 February 2003
FC Gold Cup
Central Zone Qualifying
Cd. Panamá
26 February/12 March 2003
FC Champions Cup
Round-of-16 matches
(to be finalized)
5-9 March 2003
FC U-17 Junior Tournament
Final (Group A)
26-30 March 2003
FC U-17 Junior Tournament
Final (Group B)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
25 March – 16 April 2003
FIFA World Youth Championship
United Arab Emirates
12-27 July 2003
FC Gold Cup

which this year served The second group matches for both teams yielded similar results. California. also played finals of the Women’s Gold Cup. when Panama. Panama scored a stoppage time goal to defeat rivals Central American Guatemala. In all. However. Canada endPre-tournament favorites Canada and ing all suspense before halfthe USA earned the Confederation’s time.16 April. the USA getting the upper hand on Caribbean representatives Haiti while Canada defeated El Salvador from the Central Zone. the tricolores must defeat the fourth-placed team ship for their second encounter. The USA and Canada were equally as impressive in Group B. Mexico. defeated a Trinidad & meanwhile were fortunate to Tobago side in the Group 1 opener in even make it to the final after Pasadena. the USA and Canada will be the four CONCACAF representatives to the FIFA World Youth Championship 2003 United Arab Emirates. not the least of which was the hosts’ finish atop the group after converting a dramatic penalty against Mexico in their final match. giving them the group title as well. group play to decide who would finish in the top spot. Mexico. slated for 25 March . several other teams. outset as they shutout the Reggae Girlz from Jamaica. produced several surprises. the order of finish was slightly different. Matchday two saw another shutout victory for the hosts. scoring two goals en automatic berths in next summer’s route to a 3:0 victory. a four-team round-robin played in Panama from 16-20 October. in Seattle. Haiti. However. Group A of the FC final tournament. the USA and Canada went to the top of the group standing after each posted identical 2:0 victories. For the second time this year Canada fell to Meanwhile. the USA clearly had The surprises began on the first day the better of play and eventuof competition. Canada defeating the USA in their final match to overtake the hosts and land in the top spot in the group. Canada. being played in Victoria. were also impressive on their way to the coveted berth. struggled to find offensive cohesion and were held to a scoreless draw by Haiti. needing a win against El Salvador and a heavy defeat for Canada on the final day.DECEMBER 2002 On the opening night of play in Group A. were able to get produce the result they needed against the Central Zone side. interval. Canada saddling Haiti pionship of the 2002 FC Women’s Gold Cup at with a heavy defeat. after the first round. impressed holding a one-goal lead at the observers with their play. in just ally overpowered Costa Rica their first year of international women’s in a 7:0 victory. FC WOMEN’S GOLD CUP REVIEW . The tricolores opened their run with a shutout victory over Cuba and followed it up with a dominating 4:1 win over Guatemala on the second day before dropping their finale to the hosts. British final. The two countries then eased to semifinal victories on the final day of group matches to move into the semifinals. However. demonstrated that CONCACAF through to the semifinals. The win clinched a spot in the World Championship for the USA. The hosts followed up their success with a 2:0 blanking of Caribbean Zone side Cuba that ensured the Panamanians of a spot in a FIFA World Championship for the first time in their history. a dominating victory over Panama. were two very disHowever. while Costa Rica were in total control from the the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. giving the Canada faces Costa Rica (left) and the USA takes on Mexico (right).PAGE 2 FOUR CONCACAF TEAMS QUALIFY FOR FIFA WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP After enduring some grueling group matches. the tournament. However. Mexico righted their World Cup 2003. as the final round of Confederation qualifying to the 2003 FIFA with either side posting large shutout victories that put them Women’s World Cup China PR. but both qualified for United Arab Emirates 2003 (Photo: Charleston Battery) Tobago. leaving the group finely poised entering the last pair of matches. getting their qualifying effort off to the best possible start. their win proved Maple Leafs a gut-wrenching (Photo: Tony Quinn/SoccerPix USA) that a changing of the guard in women’s 2:0 victory. Canada. Canada surprised the USA to win their group. Women’s World Cup after reaching the The semifinals. scoring two unanswered goals in a 2:1 victory. soccer could be right around the corner. CONFEDERATION NEWS . Canada and Costa Rica quickly established themthe USA on a golden goal in a women’s football selves as the class of Group 2. Mexico still have a chance to qualify for FIFA Women’s After losing their first match to the USA. Mia Hamm’s goal four minutes into extra Columbia. Despite only third-place side Mexico. Though Panama would not Mexico put two balls into The four Women’s Gold Cup semifinalists do battle in group play: muster another point and went home their own net. from the Asian Football Confederation in a two-leg play early next while the USA had few problems in a shutout win over Trinidad & year for chance to compete on the world stage. That left their battle on the final day of remains at the forefront in the development of women’s football. including parate affairs. Panama. In the tournament’s opening day. The Group B quadrangular. both teams had already assured themselves of passage to the World Championship. time giving the USA a 2:1 victory and the chamBoth sides dominated in their first match. competition. South Carolina from 13-17 November. hosted by the USA in Charleston. also with the chance to qualify with a win. produced the two teams qualified for the world stage that most had anticipated entering the tournament. scoring a late goal to overcome an early red card and defeat the Salvadorans 1:0. their dreams of qualification were dashed as Canada raced out to three-goal lead against the USA with 20 minutes remaining before giving back two late goals but still holding on for the victory. before defeating Mexico to win the group. despite the result.

Haiti. Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago. Both are members of the FIFA Sports Medical Committee. Guatemala and Belize joining the ranks when FIFA President Joseph S.DECEMBER 2002 PAGE 3 29 CONCACAF COUNTRIES NOW IN FIFA GOAL PROJECT With the addition of eight more CONCACAF member countries to the FIFA Goal Programme. which has also been renovated by GOAL. FICA (Haiti). The Central Zone qualifiers will be determined in the UNCAF Copa de Naciones. One Caribbean Zone finalists was determined when Arnett Gardens FC captured their group final.S. Chairman of the Confederation’s Sports Medicine Committee. concussions and a variety of other sports injuries. which donated the technical expertise. conference and library facilities and a new field. the first floodlit field in the country AROUND THE CONFEDERATION FC GOLD CUP QUALIFYING: The Caribbean is down to its final eight teams in qualifying for the 2003 FC Gold Cup following the completion of the four group tournaments in November. physiotherapists and paramedics. nutrition and fitness. . The six Central Zone qualifiers have already been decided: CSD Comunicaciones and CSD Guatemala from Guatemala. fencing and changing rooms. as well as the consolidation of the domestic men’s competition. the four U. Bermuda. cut the ribbon The number of GOAL projects being undertaken in the region swelled at the last meeting of the FIFA GOAL Bureau in Zurich. the four Mexican representatives will be known following the completion of the 2002 Torneo Apertura in the Primera Division. In addition. eight have now been completed. The Level II course followed a Level I course held last February. Barbados. Grenada. The workshop was chaired by Dr. St. Blatter inaugurated those facilities in late November. Warner. but with a more advanced curriculum. to refurbish football schools to promote the game at youth and grassroots levels. In addition. along with CD F. the “Escuela Nacional” is the result of cooperation between GOAL and the Cuban government. Kitts & Nevis were selected to receive support from the program. Examples of what the FIFA GOAL Project came to light in CONCACAF with the inauguration of the facilities in Cuba and Turks & Caicos. Haiti and Antigua & Barbuda (Group B). schools and women’s football.S. but the Caribbean islands were treated with equal weighting by the FIFA GOAL programme. and MLS Supporters’ Shield winner San Jose Earthquakes. GOAL funding has also helped to improve comfort levels at football matches through the renovation of spectator stands. the Fédération Française de Football was added to the list for projects benefitting their overseas departments of Martinique.S. five dormitories for players and coaches. the TCIFA has concentrated over the past four years on the popularisation of the sport and the establishment of its development programme. In Cuba. Nicaragua and Turks & Caicos Islands. constructing technical centres for national teams of all ages and providing courses for coaches and referees. Located in the Estadio Pedro Marrero. Of the 29 projects in the Confederation.CONFEDERATION NEWS .all CONCACAF members. to be played in Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago in March and April. Individual Goal projects are tailor-made to meet the requirements and priorities of the respective national associations. Jamaica and Guadeloupe (Group C). On Turks and Caicos. Montserrat. Canada. set for 5-16 February 2003 in Panama. the only country with two teams. Open Cup winner Columbus Crew. labour and equipment for the project.A. The ribbon is cut. as well as funding programmes to develop football at the grassroots level and providing all-weather artificial pitches or grass pitches to improve the quality and number of playing facilities at national or regional level. from countries including Anguilla. Topics covered during the workshop included anatomy. U. Blatter introduced GOAL to support the national associations and his proposal was approved at the 1999 Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Los Angeles. held last week at the Dr João Havelange Centre of Excellence in Tunapuna. CD Motagua (Honduras) and LD Alajuelense (Costa Rica). As well. along with Dr. inaugurating the FIFA GOAL Project facility in Cuba Joining FIFA only in 1998. A Level III workshop is planned for the early part of 2003. CONCACAF President Jack A. Rudy Gittens. flanked by Keith Look Loy and TCIFA President Thomas Smith. the Escuela Nacional Mario Lopez Alfonso will effectively become the new home of Cuban football. again to be played over two legs from the round-of-16 onward. SPORTS MEDICINE WORKSHOP: Twenty-one participants from diverse fields graduated from the CONCACAF Level II Sports Medicine Workshop. CHAMPIONS CUP: The field is nearly set for the first round proper of the 2003 FC Champions Cup. which has seen the introduction of youth. clubs were decided with the completion of the 2002 Major League Soccer schedule: MLS Cup champion and runner-up Los Angeles Galaxy and New England Revolution. British Virgin Islands. The facility includes offices for the national association. with the FC Gold Cup finals scheduled for 12-27 July 2003. FIFA President Joseph S. and to support a number of education programmes around the world. Their names may be poles apart on the register banks of most people. Participants in the course included coaches. The field on Turks & Caicos Islands built through the GOAL Project. Projects have included building and renovating association headquarters to ensure that football administration remains free of interference. (El Salvador). The TCIFA’s National Academy was inaugurated and includes artificial lights. Trinidad. Cuba. medical installations. Guadeloupe and French Guyana . the country’s first highquality field was constructed. The eight qualifiers – Trinidad & Tobago and Saint Lucia (Group A). Cuba and Martinique (Group D) – will be split into two four-team final groups. management of knee and ankle injuries. Cayman Islands and St. 29 national associations in the Confederation have now been selected to take part in the development program. Harbour View FC (Jamaica) and US Robert (Martinique). where Barbados. Opened previously: Bahamas. Terrence Babwah. the other will come from W Connection FC (Trinidad & Tobago). Deportivo Arabe Unido (Panama).

Cayman Islands) Cuba 3 3 0 0 9:2 Martinique 3 2 0 1 8:2 Cayman Islands 3 1 0 2 1:8 Republica Dominicana 3 0 0 3 1:7 GROUP D (Port-au-Prince.10.Cuba 2:0. Joseph (DMA)– US Robert (MQE) 0:5. Guatemala) CSD Municipal (GUA) 3 2 CSD Comunicaciones (GUA) 3 2 Santos de Guapiles FC (CRC) 3 2 San Marcos FC (NCA) 3 0 GROUP C (Tegucigalpa.PAGE 4 CONFEDERATION NEWS .12. Nicaragua FC CHAMPIONS CUP CENTRAL ZONE QUALIFYING GROUP A (San Salvador. Panamá) 15.2002: Jamaica – Republica Dominicana 4:0 08.2002. California USA.Bermuda CENTRAL ZONE QUALIFYING (group winners advance) GROUP A: (11-15. USA – Canada 2:3 FC GOLD CUP 2003 CARIBBEAN ZONE QUALIFYING (SEMIFINAL STAGE) GROUP A (Tunapuna and Port-of-Spain. Joseph 1:1 (US Robert 6:1 on aggregate) CARIBBEAN ZONE QUALIFYING FINAL ROUND GROUP A (04-08. El Salvador) Deportivo Arabe Unido (PAN) 3 2 CD F. Blackbaud Stadium) 13. Haiti) Haiti 2 2 0 0 4:0 Antigua & Barbuda 2 0 1 1 1:2 Netherlands Antilles 2 0 1 1 1:4 CENTRAL AMERICAN QUALIFYING (Panamá. 49’. Safeco Field USA .2002: Bermuda – Cuba 0:0. Elizabeth GOMEZ 70’ (og) R: Clareth JIMENEZ (CRC) 09.2002: Mexico . Guatemala.Mexico 1:4. El Salvador.Guatemala 1:0 18. Cuba) Cuba 3 3 0 0 12:1 9 Suriname 3 2 0 1 9:3 6 Aruba 3 1 0 2 3:8 3 Bahamas 3 0 0 3 0:12 0 FINAL 24.12.11.Mexico 2:0 (1:0) Dioselina VALDERRAMA 10’ (og).2003) PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: Panamá.Guatemala 1:0. Bermuda) Bermuda 3 1 1 1 6:2 4 Guyana 3 1 1 1 4:4 4 Saint Lucia 3 1 1 1 3:7 4 Trinidad & Tobago 3 0 3 0 2:2 3 GROUP B: Jamaica – Antigua & Barbuda 6:1. República Dominicana) Republica Dominicana 3 2 1 0 13:4 7 Haiti 3 2 0 1 8:4 6 Barbados 3 1 1 1 9:4 4 Cayman Islands 3 0 0 3 2:20 0 GROUP D (La Habana. Panama .2002: El Salvador – Haiti 1:2.2002: Cuba . Harbour View FC (JAM). US Robert – St. Washington USA. US Robert (MQE) FC U-17 JUNIOR TOURNAMENT CARIBBEAN ZONE QUALIFYING GROUP A (Hamilton. NEW YORK.01. 12. Honduras.2003: Belize v Costa Rica. Kristine LILLY 90’ R: Sonia DENONCOURT (CAN) Canada . South Carolina. Angela HUCLES 65’. 52’.DECEMBER 2002 FOR THE RECORD 725 FIFTH AVENUE.12. Estadio Nacional) 16.12. 19.11. Shannon MacMILLAN 86’. Mia HAMM 94’ – Charmaine HOOPER 47’+ R: Dianne FERREIRA-JAMES (GUY) FC U-20 YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP A (Cd. Trinidad & Tobago) Trinidad & Tobago 2 1 0 1 2:1 Saint Lucia 2 1 0 1 2:2 St. Panama .12. Trinidad & Tobago.11.2003: Costa Rica v Panama .01. 15. 05-16.2003.11. 17.12.A.2002: Seattle. 1:1) Tiffeny MILBRETT 27’.10. league format) Arnett Gardens FC (JAM).2002: Guatemala . USA – Haiti 2:0 15. Antigua & Barbuda – Jamaica 0:1 (Jamaica 7:1 on aggregate) GROUP C: (San Cristóbal. Jamaica. Arco Iris.2002: Canada – El Salvador 2:0. Belize.2002: Haiti – Canada 0:0. NEW YORK 10022 FC WOMEN’S GOLD CUP 2003 GROUP 1 USA 3 3 0 0 15:0 9 Mexico 3 2 0 1 7:4 6 Panama 3 1 0 2 5:16 3 Trinidad & Tobago 3 0 0 3 2:9 0 GROUP 2 Canada 3 3 0 0 23:1 9 Costa Rica 3 2 0 1 7:3 6 Haiti 3 1 0 2 3:17 3 Jamaica 3 0 0 3 1:13 0 SEMIFINALS 06. VSADC (LCA) GROUP B (11-15.Cuba 2:0 20. 14.S (SLV) 3 2 Alianza FC (SLV) 3 2 FC Deportivo Jalapa (NCA) 3 0 GROUP B (Cd. Violette AC (HAI). Honduras) 10.2002: Honduras v El Salvador.02. Rose Bowl (A: 6911) THIRD-PLACE MATCH Mexico – Costa Rica 4:1 (2:1) Monica GONZALEZ 13’ (PEN). Costa Rica. Kitts & Nevis 2 1 0 1 2:3 GROUP B (St.El Salvador 1:0 17. George’s.11.2002: Republica Dominicana – Jamaica 0:1 07.Mexico 2:1 GROUP B (Charleston. Panama . 17th FLOOR.12.2002.2002.01. Panama.2002: Nicaragua v Honduras GROUP B: (15-19.01.2003: Panama v Belize.12. Iris MORA 37’. Honduras) LD Alajuelense (CRC) 3 2 CD Motagua (HON) 3 2 CD Marathon (HON) 3 1 Tauro FC (PAN) 3 0 3 3 3 7 6 4 0 9 6 3 0 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 21:1 19:3 6:3 1:40 6 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 9:3 10:4 4:4 0:12 6 6 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 7:5 6:4 6:4 3:9 7 7 3 0 CARIBBEAN ZONE QUALIFYING PRELIMINARY ROUND George Town SC (CYM) – Harbour View FC (JAM) 0:3. USA . Maribel DOMINGUEZ 66’.10.12.2002: El Salvador v Nicaragua. Grenada) Jamaica 3 2 1 0 7:2 Guadeloupe 3 2 0 1 6:6 Barbados 3 1 1 1 3:2 Grenada 3 0 0 3 5:11 GROUP C (Grand Cayman.Costa Rica 7:0 (1:0) Cindy PARLOW 30’.2002: Pasadena. Cinthia LOPEZ 79’ (og).2002: Cuba . Siguatepeque. league format) W Connection FC (TRI). Harbour View FC – George Town SC 7:1 (Harbour View FC 10:1 on aggregate) St.11. 82’ – Shirley CRUZ 26’ R: Kari SEITZ (USA) FINAL USA – Canada 2:1 (1:1.