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MARCH 2003

VOLUME 13 / NUMBER 2

CONFEDERATION OF NORTH, CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
26-30 March 2003
CONCACAF U-17 Junior Tournament
Final (Group B)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
26-30 March 2003
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Caribbean Zone qualifying
Jamiaca (Group A); Trinidad & Tobago (Group B)
9-16 April 2003
CONCACAF Champions Cup
Quarterfinal matches (tentative)
various sites
12/13, 26/27 April 2003
CONCACAF U-17 Junior Playoff
Jamaica (first leg); TBD (second leg)
23-27 April 2003
Gold Cup Interzone Playoff
site to be determined
Five time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil, returns to the CONCACAF Gold Cup
for the first time since 1998. (Photo: Tony Quinn/SoccerPixUSA)

VENUES, GROUPS ANNOUNCED FOR 2003 GOLD CUP

The CONCACAF Gold Cup, the championship for national teams of


the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association
Football, will be played outside the USA for the first time in a decade as
the venues for the seventh edition of the tournament were announced on
3 March by General Secretary Chuck Blazer.
The 2003 edition of the Confederations signature event will be played
in three cities from 12-27 July - Foxboro, Massachusetts and Miami, Florida in the USA, as
well as in Mexico City, where the tournament saw matches played in 1993. Twelve teams
will again take part, including two guest teams from CONMEBOL, the South American
confederation: 2002 FIFA World Cup champion Brazil, and 2001 Copa America champion
Colombia.
When the Gold Cup was returned to the summer months, the goal was to bring the
excitement of this competition to fans in as many of our member countries as possible,
Blazer said. Hopefully this will signal the start of opening the event to more host cities in a
number of countries, as well as leading to a greatly increased collaboration with the
Federacin Mexicana de Ftbol, for long one of the true bedrocks of our confederation.
The host countries, USA and Mexico, will play in Groups A and C respectively and could
continue to play at home through the semifinals, if they reach that stage. The final will be
at Estadio Azteca. The quarterfinals will be played on 19 and 20 July, with the semifinals set
for 23 and 24 July, the third-place match for 26 July and the final scheduled for 27 July.
The format for the tournament will be similar to the 2002 event, won by the USA (2:0 )
against Costa Rica in the final. The first round will consist of four groups of three teams,
each playing the others once, with the top two in each group advancing to the quarterfinals.
Group A will be played at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Playing in Mexico will be
the host country, three-time champion of the Gold Cup, who will be joined by Brazil and
one of the two qualifiers from the Interzone (Caribbean and Central zones) playoff.
The Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida USA will play host to Group B, with defending Copa
America champion Colombia heading the group. They will be joined by Guatemala and the
winner of one the Caribbean Zone Group final tournaments.
Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts will play host to the remaining two groups.
Group C will be comprised of the USA, El Salvador and the second of the Interzone playoff
qualifiers. Group D will consist of Costa Rica, Canada and the winner of the other
Caribbean Zone tournament (Group A).

25-26 April 2003


Seminar: Tactics and Systems of Play
Dr Joo Havelange Centre of Excellence
Macoya, Trinidad & Tobago
30 April - 17 May 2003
CONCACAF Champions Cup
Semifinal matches (tentative)
various sites
2003 CONCACAF GOLD CUP MATCH SCHEDULE
12.07.2003 (Foxboro):
D1: COSTA RICA v D2: CANADA (13:00);
C1: USA v C2: EL SALVADOR (18:30)
13.07.2003 (Mexico City):
A1: MEXICO v A2: BRAZIL (12:00);
(Miami): B3: CARIBBEAN A v B1: COLOMBIA (15:00)
14.07.2003 (Foxboro):
D2: CANADA v D3: CARIBBEAN B (18:30);
C3: INTERZONE 2* v C1: USA (20:30)
15.07.2003 (Miami):
B2: GUATEMALA v B3: CARIBBEAN A (19:00);
(Mexico City): A2: BRAZIL v A3: INTERZONE 1* (20:00)
16.07.2003 (Foxboro):
CARIBBEAN B v D1: COSTA RICA (18:30);
D3: C2: EL SALVADOR v C3: INTERZONE 2* (20:30)
17.07.2003 (Miami):
B1: COLOMBIA v B2: GUATEMALA (20:00)
(Mexico City): A3: INTERZONE 1* v A1: MEXICO (21:00)
19.07.2003 (Foxboro):
QF1: WINNER GRP C v 2nd GRP D** (15:00);
QF2: WINNER GRP D v 2nd GRP C** (18:00)
20.07.2003 (Mexico City):
QF3: WINNER GRP A v 2nd GRP B** (12:00);
(Miami): QF4: WINNER GRP B v 2nd GRP A** (16:00)
23.07.2003 (Miami): SF1: WINNER QF1 v WINNER QF4 (20:00)
24.07.2003 (Mexico City): SF2: WINNER QF2 v WINNER QF3 (21:00)
26.07.2003 (Miami): THIRD-PLACE MATCH (SF losers) (20:00)
27.07.2003 (Mexico City): FINAL (semifinal winners) (12:00)
ALL TIMES LOCAL TO VENUE
* precise placement of qualifiers from Interzone playoff to be
determined following tournament, based on competitive, commercial and security concerns
** as host countries, should Mexico and USA qualify for the
quarterfinals, they will play in Quarterfinals 1 and 3 respectively
regardless of whether they finish first or second in their groups.
The pairings remain the same, to be repositioned as necessary.

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CONCACAF NEWS - MARCH 2003

CONCACAF EXCO IN BUSY AGENDA

The CONCACAF Executive Committee took decisions regarding


the format of the qualifying competitions for FIFA World Cup
Germany 2006 and the mens and womens Olympic Football
Tournaments in Athens 2004 as part of a packed agenda in their
meeting on 7 February in New York City.
Among the major actions taken by the Executive Committee:
The name of the Confederation was defined as Confederation
of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, or
CONCACAF for short.

The playoff format for the 2003 Gold Cup was determined.
All 35 national associations will enter at the first phase of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup.
The draw was held for the Olympic qualifying competitions,
which will end with two final tournaments (mens and womens
both) in Mexico
A plan for increased emphasis on match officials was approved
Guatemala was confirmed as host site for the qualifying competition for the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Championship. The tournament must be played by 30 June 2004, and CONCACAF has four
teams in the 16-team final event.

QUALIFYING FORMAT APPROVED

OLYMPIC DATES SET

After reviewing several formats for CONCACAF qualifying to FIFA World Cup 2006, the Executive selected
a plan that calls for:
All 35 CONCACAF member national associations
will enter the first phase, with teams in either one of the
11 three-team or one two-team, home and away, round robin series
beginning in Spring 2004. Having all teams enter at the first phase
guarantees each a minimum of four qualifying matches (the exception of those in the two-team group), as opposed to two in previous
World Cup cycles.
The winners of each initial round robin tie will advance to
one of three groups of four teams apiece, once again to be played
in a home-and-home round-robin format.
The teams finishing in first and second in each four-team
group at the second phase are qualified to the final phase, which
will be a group of six teams to determine the CONCACAF representatives at FIFA World Cup Germany 2006.
The top three finishers in the final group are automatically
qualified to the finals, with the fourth place team to meet the fifthplaced team from the Asian Football Confederation in a playoff to
determine the last berth at Germany 2006.

The dates have been set for the first round of


CONCACAF qualifying for mens and womens
Olympic Football Tournaments Athens 2004.
The mens tournament, which is an under-23 competition (for
players born on or after 1 January 1981).
The first two rounds of mens qualifying will be played on a
home-and-away basis, as a result of the draw held 7 February
2003. The first-round series are to be completed by 12 October
2003, with first-leg matches played on 6, 7 or 10 September and
return matches on 10 September (if not used for first leg), or 11 or
12 October.
The mens second-round ties must played by 20 November,
with the home leg scheduled for 15 or 16 November and the return
matches on 19 November.
FIFA has accepted the late inclusion of Suriname into the tournament, and they will now play Guatemala, which previously had
a bye, in the first round. Suriname will host the first match,
Guatemala the return leg.
FIFA has also accepted the inclusion of Suriname into the
womens competition, replacing Dominica, which had previously
withdrawn. As a result, womens qualifying will initially be divided
into four preliminary round groups of three teams each,and a single two-leg series. All of the matches in the preliminary round
must be played between 1 October and 14 December 2003.
The final rounds of both the mens and womens competitions
will be hosted by Mexico from 2-12 February 2004.

FIFA WORLD CUP GERMANY 2006 (DRAW)


POT A: Costa Rica, Mexico, USA. POT B: Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica. POT C: Canada,
Barbados, El Salvador, Guatemala, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Panama. POT D: Anguilla, Antigua &
Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica,
Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Republica
Dominicana, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, Suriname, Turks & Caicos Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands

REFEREES COMMITTEE MEETS


A greater focus and importance is to be placed on referee development and progress as a result of decisions taken by the CONCACAF
Executive Committee after approved a report and recommendations
from the Referees Committee, given by Committee Chairman and
FIFA Referees Committee member Lisle Austin of Barbados.
CONCACAF Vice President Austin presented the new Terms of
Reference for the Committee as well as the initial practical plans for
greater emphasis on game officials.
It was noted that 73 percent of game officials within the region

USA CLINCH FIRST


CONCACAF U-17 BERTH
The USA maintained
their record of having qualified for every FIFA Under17 World Championship,
defeating hosts Guatemala
3:0 on 9 March to claim
the Group A title in the CONCACAF U-17
Final Junior Tournament in the final match.
The USA ended the round-robin event at
Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City with
seven points from their three matches, ahead

are aged 37 or above, thus showing both need and opportunity for
younger people to enter the officiating ranks and be given the
chance to reach higher levels.
CONCACAF will also hold a Refereeing Symposium at the Dr
Joo Havelange Centre of Excellence later this year, for Match
Commissioners and Referee Inspectors, so that greater consistency
in the assessment and advancement of referees is obtained.
National associations within CONCACAF will be urged to
improve their attention, education and funding within their respective territory.

of Jamaica, who came from behind to draw


1:1 with El Salvador on the final matchday.
The result left the young Reggae Boyz on four
points and sent them into a playoff with the
second-placed team from Group B for the
third and final Confederation berth.
The group winners had opened the tournament in style on the first day of matches,
defeating the young Reggae Boyz 3:0 thanks
to an outstanding performance by 13-yearold Freddy Adu. That same day, the Central
American rivals played to a 2:2 tie.
The USA struggled offensively in their
second encounter, stumbling to a 1:1 tie with

El Salvador. Jamaica, meanwhile, overcame


their opening day jitters and came from
behind to defeat Guatemala 3:2 and leave
the group title up for grabs heading into the
final day.
The winner of Group B, to be played 2630 March in Canada, and featuring the
hosts, Costa Rica, Mexico and Cuba, will
earn the second automatic entry. The second-place team in the group will move into a
two-leg playoff with Jamaica, which was
drawn to host the first leg, to be played
either 12 or 13 April, and the return match
set for 26 or 27 April.

CONCACAF NEWS - MARCH 2003

CENTRAL AMERICAN TEAMS


SET FOR GOLD CUP

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For Costa Rica and Guatemala, it was mission


accomplished. For El Salvador and Nicaragua, it
was a time to surprise. And for Panama and
Honduras, it was a time for soul-searching, following the Central Zone qualification tournament
for the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the UNCAF
Copa de Naciones.
Costa Rica ended with the title of Central American champion for
the fourth time, reclaiming the title won by Guatemala two years
ago. But both achieved their goals of qualifying for the Gold Cup,
joined by El Salvador, which took essentially the same under-22
squad that won the Central American and Caribbean Games and
claimed the third Gold Cup place.
Nicaragua propped up the table, but won a Copa de Naciones
match for the first time, defeating Panama 1:0 in a result that really
killed off the hosts hopes. There was still a chance in a coin flip with
Honduras, but even that didnt go their way, the 2001 Copa America
third-place finisher now heading into a playoff to see if they can
reach the 2003 Gold Cup after failing to qualify two years ago.
Costa Rica struggled to score goals but still finished atop the
group, undefeated and winning four of five games, earning 13 out of
a possible 15 points in their full international debut under the direction of recently appointed head coach Steve Sampson.
It was difficult because we didnt have the time we needed (to
prepare), but I feel proud because the boys accomplished what they
had to, Sampson said after the ticos won their final match.
After struggling in the first week of matches and teetering on the
brink of elimination, Guatemala posted impressive results when
they needed to, winning their last two matches to surge toward the
top of the table.

AROUND THE
CONFEDERATION

MARVIN LEE LAID TO


REST IN TRINIDAD
Trinidad and Tobagos
Marvin Lee made his final
clearance before a packed
Centre of Excellence in Macoya, Trinidad on
the afternoon of 13 March.
Lee, the 21-year-old former T&T under20 national team captain, passed away last
Sunday and was laid to rest at the nearby
Tunapuna cemetery following a most touching and unforgettable funeral ceremony at
the Dr Joo Havelange Centre of
Excellence, the same venue where he sustained neck and spinal injuries during a
FIFA World Youth Championship qualifying
encounter against the USA in March 2001.
TTFF ESTABLISHES TRUST
FUND IN LEES NAME
The Trinidad & Tobago Football
Federation Executive Committee has
approved the establishment of the Marvin Lee
Trust Fund to assist future players injured
while playing for the T&T national selection
The initial TT $10,000 for the fund will
come from CONCACAF President Jack A.
Warner with 2 percent of all gross gate
receipts from any match played under the
aegis of the TTFF added to the fund.

We came to fight for the title and the players made a great
effort. When we lost against Panama, I told them that I still had
confidence in them. I knew that they were in good shape despite
that result, said Guatemala head coach Julio Cesar Corts.
El Salvador were the surprise team of the tournament, winning
their first three matches despite fielding a very young side in a state
of rebuilding.
Despite entering the tournament as one of the co-favorites,
Honduras were only able to muster a victory against Nicaragua and
a tie with the hosts, and finished in a tie for fourth with Panama.
The hosts also struggled, the tie with Honduras and a defeat of
Guatemala their only positive results.
CARIBBEAN QUALIFIERS TO BE DECIDED
Group A, to be played at the National Stadium
in Kingston, will be comprised of Haiti,
Martinique, Saint Lucia and the host country.
Group B, set for Trinidad & Tobago, will consist of
that nation along with Cuba, Antigua & Barbuda
and Guadeloupe.
The winners of each round-robin event will qualify for the 2003
CONCACAF Gold Cup finals, to be played 12-27 July in Mexico City,
and Foxboro, Massachusetts and Miami, Florida in the USA. The
second-placed team in each group will advance to the Interzone
Playoff, where they will compete with Honduras for the final two
available berths in the Confederation's signature event. The playoff
is set for 23-27 April in one of the two Caribbean nations qualified
for the series.
CARIBBEAN ZONE QUALIFYING FINAL ROUND
GROUP A (Jamaica): 26.03.2003: Haiti Martinique (17:00); Jamaica Saint Lucia (19:00); 28.03.2003:
Saint Lucia Haiti (17:00), Martinique Jamaica (19:00); 30.03.2003: Saint Lucia Martinique (16:00);
Jamaica Haiti (18:00)
GROUP B (Trinidad & Tobago): 26.03.2003: Guadeloupe Cuba (17:00), Trinidad & Tobago Antigua &
Barbuda (19:00); 28.03.2003: Cuba Antigua & Barbuda (18:00); Guadeloupe Trinidad & Tobago
(20:00); 30.03.2003: Antigua & Barbuda Guadeloupe (15:00); Trinidad & Tobago Cuba (17:00)

Also, a Marvin Lee Memorial Match


will be played each year, beginning in 2004
against a team representing the USA, who
have agreed to donate the trophy for the
competition.
INTERNATIONAL COACHING
COURSE HELD
In an inspiring address to participants at
the opening of the F.A. International
Coaching License Course at the Dr. Joo
Havelange Centre of Excellence, CONCACAF
President Jack A. Warner praised the work
done by coaches in the North and Central
American and Caribbean region.
Something has been happening out
there. When you look at the last World Cup
it is an obvious sign of progress. Not just the
results but also the performances of the
USA, Mexico and Costa Rica were exceptional. Warner said, In addition, there are now
167 footballers from CONCACAF playing
professionally outside our Confederation, in
Europe, South America and Asia.
So clearly, a lot of work has been done
to improve the standard of play within CONCACAF. Our coaches, administrators, people
like yourselves and those who built and paid
for this beautiful Centre of Excellence must
be commended highly for their efforts.
This is the second successive year that
the prestigious course, administered by the
England F.A., has been held at the Centre of

Excellence and the event continues to be


highly popular among regional coaches.
Warner paid tribute to the support given to
CONCACAF by the England F.A. and urged
participants to make full use of the knowledge they will gain during the course.
Forty-two coaches from 17 countries participated and Warner reminded the audience
that, in just two years, more than 600 persons have been trained at the Centre of
Excellence in administration, sports medicine, refereeing and coaching.
COURSE HELD ON FOOTBALL
FOR THE DISABLED
An instructors course for coaches in football for the disabled was held 10-16 March at
the St. Augustine campus of the University
of the West Indies in Trinidad & Tobago.
The week-long course was attended by
coaches from nine Caribbean countries:
Antigua & Barbuda, Netherlands Antilles,
Guadeloupe, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis,
Saint Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad &
Tobago. Football is played currently by disabled persons in 26 Caribbean countries.
The course was organized by FIFA after
Special Olympics (Caribbean) approached
the FIFA Development Office in Port of
Spain for assistance in developing disability
football in the region.

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FOR THE RECORD

MENS OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENTS


PRELIMINARY PHASE
(home first leg listed first)
P1: U.S. Virgin Islands - Canada
P2: El Salvador - Puerto Rico
P3: Dominica Haiti
P4: Nicaragua Panama
P5: Antigua & Barbuda Saint Lucia
P6: Dominica St. Kitts and Nevis
P7: Trinidad & Tobago Bahamas
P8: Grenada Cayman Islands
P9: Cuba Jamaica
P10: Suriname Guatemala
P11: Costa Rica Belize
P12: Guyana Barbados
FIRST ROUND
(home legs to be determined)
Series 1: winner P1 v winner P2; Series 2: winner P3 v Honduras
Series 3: winner P4 v winner P5; Series 4: winner P6 v USA
Series 5: winner P7 v winner P8; Series 6: winner P9 v winner P10
Series 7: winner P11 v winner P12
FINAL PHASE (to be played in Mexico)
GROUP PHASE
Group A: winners of S1, S2, S3, S4
Group B: winners of S5, S6, S7, Mexico
SEMIFINALS
SF1: winner Group A v second Group B
SF2: winner Group B v second Group A
FINAL: winner SF1 v winner SF2
WOMENS OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENTS
PRELIMINARY ROUND
(host nation listed first)
P1: Trinidad & Tobago, Republica Dominicana, Suriname
P2: Jamaica, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands
P3: Haiti, Puerto Rico
P4: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras

CONCACAF NEWS - MARCH 2003


P5: Guatemala, Panama, Belize
FINAL PHASE (to be played in Mexico)
GROUP PHASE
Group A: Canada, Mexico, winner P2, winner P5
Group B: USA, winner P1, winner P3, winner P4
SEMIFINALS
SF1: winner Group A v second Group B
SF2: winner Group B v second Group A
FINAL: winner SF1 v winner SF2
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS CUP
ROUND-OF-16
SERIES 1
12.03.2003: Toluca, Edo. de Mexico; Estadio Nemesio Diaz (A: 5000)
CD TOLUCA FC - W CONNECTION FC 3:2 (0:2)
Rolando VIANA 18; Kendall DAVIS 38 - Vicente SANCHEZ 65, 83;
Edgar GARCIA 77
R: Jose Beningo PINEDA (HON)
02.04.2003: Marabella, Trinidad & Tobago; Manny Ramjohn Stadium
W CONNECTION FC CD TOLUCA FC
R: Mark FORDE (BRB)
SERIES 2
16.03.2003: Cd. Guatemala, Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores
CSD MUNICIPAL - SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 4:2 (3:0)
Gonzalo ROMERO 29, 37; Carlos FIGUEROA 39; Selvin PONCIANO 55 Manny LAGOS 61, 71
R: Marco RODRIGUEZ (MEX)
26.03.2003: San Jose, California; Spartan Stadium
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES CSD MUNICIPAL
R: Mike SEIFERT (CAN)
SERIES 3
06.03.2003: San Salvador; Estadio Cuscatln
CD F.A.S. - CLUB AMERICA 3:1 (2:0)
Alejandro DE LA CRUZ 3; Jorge RODRIGUEZ 6; Gilberto MURGAS
82 - Carlos QUINONEZ 67
R: Otto MEJIA (GUA)
26.03.2003: Dallas, Texas USA; Cotton Bowl (19:30)
CLUB AMERICA CD F.A.S.
R: Silviu PETRESCU (CAN)

SERIES 4
23.03.03: Alajuela; Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto (17.00)
LD ALAJUELENSE NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
R: Carlos BATRES (GUA)
26.03.03: Alajuela; Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto (20.00)
LD ALAJUELENSE NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
R: Rodolfo SIBRIAN (SLV)
SERIES 5
12.03.2003: Cd. Guatemala; Estadio Cementos Progreso (A: 10000)
CSD COMUNICACIONES - CA MONARCAS MORELIA 1:0 (0:0)
Johnny CUBERO 59
R: Fredy ZAMORA (CRC)
26.03.2003: Morelia, Michoacn; Estadio Morelos
CA MONARCAS MORELIA CSD COMUNICACIONES
R: Ricardo VALENZUELA (USA)
SERIES 6
16.03.2003: Colon, Panama; Estadio Armando Dely Valdes
DEPORTIVO ARABE UNIDO - COLUMBUS CREW 2:1 (1:0)
Agustn SALINAS 8 pen; Julio MEDINA 63 - Edson BUDDLE 60
R: Neftali RECINOS (SLV)
23.03.03: Columbus, Ohio; Columbus Crew Stadium
COLUMBUS CREW DEPORTIVO RABE UNIDO
R: Jorge GASSO (MEX)
SERIES 7
06.03.2003: Kingston, Jamaica; Tony Spaulding Sports Complex
ARNETT GARDENS FC - CD NECAXA 0:0
R: Kevin TERRY (USA)
19.03.03: Aguascalientes; Estadio Olimpico (20.00)
CD NECAXA ARNETT GARDENS FC 1:0
Adelino BATISTA 67
R: Kevin STOTT (USA)
SERIES 8
16.03.2003: Tegucigalpa; Estadio Nacional Tiburcio Carias
CD MOTAGUA - LOS ANGELES GALAXY 2:2 (1:1)
Amado GUEVARA 33 pen, 85 - Carlos RUIZ 21; Alexi LALAS 68
R: Carlos DeLEON (PAN)
23.03.03: Fullerton, California; Titan Stadium (18.00)
LOS ANGELES GALAXY CD MOTAGUA
R: Mauricio NAVARRO (CAN)