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CONFEDERATION OF NORTH, CENTRAL AND CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER

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FEBRUARY/MARCH 2000

VOLUME 10 / NUMBER 1

GOLD CUP 2000:


More Teams, More Games More
Exciting and Competitive Football
Gold Cup 2000 promises to deliver
more. More quality teams, more regional
and world star players, more fans, more
media attention, and chief among all:
more exciting and competitive football
of the highest caliber to date.
To begin, the number of teams has
been increased from ten to twelve as not
one, but three teams from outside the
region have been invited to compete in
the region's premier tournament for
national teams. They are: Colombia,
Peru and South Korea.
There will be more matches, a total
of 19, up three from the 16 games played
in 1998. Most of these matches will be
played in Miami, a venue filled with
avid football fans from many nationalities. It is there, at the Orange Bowl, that
the United States and Haiti will open
Gold Cup 2000 on February 12.
Then the games move on to San
Diego, where group play, quarterfinals
and one semifinal will be played. Los
Angeles will have its share of matches,
including the final at the Los Angeles
Coliseum, where the first champion of
the new millennium will be awarded the
Gold Cup on February 27.
This edition features several firsts:
It is the first time Haiti, Colombia,
Peru, and South Korea, will compete in the
international tournament.
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Mexico vs USA in 1998 Gold Cup Tony Quinn

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Jack Austin Warner
President
Lisle Austin - Barbados
Vice-President, Caribbean Zone
Rafael Salguero - Guatemala
Vice-President, Central Zone
Alan Rothenberg - U.S.A.
Vice-President, North Zone
Anthony James - Jamaica
Member, Caribbean Zone
Sergio Torres - El Salvador
Member, Central Zone
Hugo Kiese - Mexico
Member, North Zone
Chuck Blazer
General Secretary
REPRESENTATIVES TO FIFA
Jack Austin Warner

FIFA Vice-President

Isaac Sasso

Executive Committee Member

Chuck Blazer

Executive Committee Member

Office of the President


Jack Austin Warner
Edward and Oxford Street, Port of Spain,
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Phone: 1-868-625-9611 Fax: 1-868-625-9609
concacaf@cariblink.net

Office of the Deputy General Secretary


UNCAF Headquarters
Oscar Thamar Torres
15 Avenida A 20-07, Zona 13, PO Box 916
Guatemala City, Guatemala C.A.
Phone: 1-502-361-6996 Fax: 1-502-361-5577
concacaf@quetzal.net

Office of the Deputy General Secretary


CFU Headquarters
Harold Taylor
131 Eastern Main Rd, Arouca, Trinidad W.I.
Phone: 1-809-646-5753 Fax: 1-809-646-4076
cfu@wow.net
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President Jack Warners Message


Reprinted from the Football Confederation website www.footballconfederation.com

My very best wishes to everyone within


our Football Confederation for a Happy and
Prosperous New Year, with fair play, even
higher standards, ever-more participants and
ever-greater successes for our family in
world affairs.
The New Year brings us the busiest year
yet in our history and we can only guess
what the New Millennium has in store for
us, our successors and our game.
Consider what has happened since our
Confederation was formed in 1961. Would
those brave pioneers have believed that in
the four decades to come, we would have
hosted FIFA world finals in all three of our regions? Or that our nations would have
won two FIFA world events? Or that our players would be playing at the highest
level in the best leagues in the world?
Look further back in time, not to the 1960's but to the 1860's when, at the time of
the American Civil War, a group of men met in Covent Garden, London and set
down the laws of Association Football.
Would they, could they, have possibly believed that their game would now be
played on the soil of every land mass, island, or speck on the map, that football had
circled the globe in space as a symbol of the sport which binds the world together?
So, how can we foretell what glories are still ahead for our game? We can only
look at 2000 as a guide for how busy we shall be and what opportunities for progress
lie ahead.
In only a few days, our Champion, Necaxa, will be competing in the inaugural
FIFA Club World Championship in Brazil and we wish them all possible success. At
this time next year, Guatemala will be recovering from the excitement of hosting the
FIFA Futsal Championship.
In between, every corner of our Confederation will have seen action not only in
the national leagues and competitions which are the foundation of the game, but also
in so many international tournaments.
The Gold Cup is almost upon us; the World Cup of 2000 starts here with the early
qualifying rounds overlapping with qualifying rounds for the Olympic Games; the
Women's Gold Cup, Futsal qualifying and finals, zonal club championship in
advance of the Champion's Cup, Under 20 and Under 17 qualifying the list seems
infinite, while the time available is not.
Thus, while the public and the media see the end result, my good wishes go
equally to the public performers and the administrators behind the scenes who must
prepare the "stage" for an increasing number of events, each with increasing importance to our Confederation.
So, my wishes are for a Happy and Hard-working New Year for the
Confederation as well as for a Happy New Millennium for all our people and for all
the multitude in the family of football.
Jack A. Warner

Executive Committee Meeting


held in New York City

Necaxa Third In The 2000


FIFA Club World Championship

The Confederation's Executive Committee held a meeting


December 13th at the Confederation's headquarters in in New
York City. Among the items decided, the Committee set the
starting date of the region's World Cup qualifying games for
March 4th when Trinidad & Tobago meets the Netherlands
Antilles at the Havelange Center of Excellence in Trinidad.

The Executive Committee also gave consideration to planning for two FIFA events to be held within the region over the
coming two years - the FIFA Futsal (Indoor) World
Championship in Guatemala set for 2000, and the FIFA Under

Crushing all pre-tournament predictions, Confederation


champions Rayos de Necaxa of Mexico, defeated
Intercontinental Cup holders Real Madrid and earned third
place in the FIFA Club World Championship, January 14 at
Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The hard fought match was decided by penalty kicks, 4-3,
following a 1-1 draw after regulation. Raul gave the lead to the
Spaniards in the 15th minute. Agustin Delgado scored the
equalizer at the 58th minute.
The remarkable achievement by Necaxa shows how much
the level of football played in the region has improved as they
finished ahead of favorites Manchester United and Real Madrid.
The victory guarantees Necaxa $4 million in prize money
and continues the run of success by Confederation teams in
international competition, highlighted by Mexico's triumph in
the FIFA Confederations' Cup and and the USA win in the
FIFA Women's World Cup, both in 1999.

17 World Championship in Trinidad and Tobago, in 2001.


The Executive Committee received reports on events already
held, including the highly successful FIFA Women's World Cup
and FIFA Confederation's Cup, both held within the Football
Confederation and both won by countries of the Confederation,
the USA and Mexico respectively.

Results:
Group A
Corinthians
Real Madrid
Al-Nassr
Raja Casablanca

P
3
3
3
3

W
2
2
1
0

D
1
1
0
0

L
0
0
2
3

GF:GA
6:2
8:5
5:8
5:9

PTS
7
7
3
0

Reports from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), the


Union of Central American Football (UNCAF), the Joao
Havelange Centre of Excellence and the various departments
of the Confederation rounded out the agenda.

Group B
Vasco da Gama
NECAXA
Manchester United
South Melbourne

3
3
3
3

3
1
1
0

0
1
1
0

0
1
1
3

7:2
5:4
4:4
1:7

9
4
4
0

Current and future competitions were examined, as the


football calendar moves closer to four important international
events: the Gold Cup of 2000, a new round of qualification for
the Olympic Games of 2000, and the inaugural Women's Gold
Cup, as well as the World Cup qualifying.

The Confederation's Executive Committee members are:


Jack Warner, President (Trinidad & Tobago); Isaac D. Sasso
Sasso, FIFA Representative, Central America Zone (Costa
Rica); Chuck Blazer, General Secretary (USA) Lisle Austin,
Vice President, Caribbean Zone (Barbados); Lic. Rafael
Salguero, Vice President, Central America Zone (Guatemala);
Alan Rothenberg, Esq., Vice President, North America Zone
(USA); Ralph A. James, Member, Caribbean Zone (Jamaica);
Sergio Torres, Member, Central America Zone (El Salvador);
Hugo E. Kiese, Member, North America Zone (Mexico).

Tony Quinn

06-01-00 18:15 Manchester United vs NECAXA 1:1


08-01-00 20:45 South Melbourne vs NECAXA 1:3
11-01-00 20:45 NECAXA vs Vasco da Gama 1:2
Third Place Match (Rio de Janeiro)
14-01-00 17:00 Real Madrid vs NECAXA 1:1 (3:4)
Championship Match (Rio de Janeiro)
14-01-00 20:00 Corinthians vs Vasco da Gama 0:0 (4:3)

(continued from front cover)


For the first time all matches will
be broadcast by an English language
network (Fox Sports World).
The first time audio broadcast of
the matches will be available via the
Internet in the English language (internetsoccer.com in partnership with
Broadcast.com).
Also, the first time a national
radio network will broadcasts all
matches live in Spanish in the USA.
"The 1998 Gold
Cup was a landmark
edition firmly establishing the tournament as one of the
major competitions
in the world," said
Confederation
President Jack
Warner. "With the ever increasing level
of play achieved by our national teams,
the 2000 edition is destined to become
the most thrilling yet."
Mexico, as Gold Cup champions,
and the USA, as the venue nation, qualified automatically. All other
Confederation teams went through
challenging qualifying stages.
The UNCAF Cup, Central
America's principal competition, provided three teams, regional champion
Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras.
From the Caribbean, the Copa
Caribe winners of 1998, Jamaica and
1999, Trinidad & Tobago, qualified.
The final two places went to
Canada and Haiti, the top teams from
the four-team playoffs in October at the
Los Angeles Coliseum, which also
included, El Salvador and Cuba.

Gold Cup 2000 attracts


unprecedented corporate support
Gold Cup 2000 has already gained
the strongest group of Official Partners
since the 1991 inaugural tournament .
Inter-Forever Sports Inc, of Miami,
the Confederation's marketing partner,
has announced a line-up of six Official
Partners. They are:
American Airlines - Official Airline
Banamex - Official Bank
Budweiser - Official Beer
El Sitio.com - Official Internet Site
Hyundai - Official Car
Radio Unica - Official Spanish Radio

Gold Cup 2000 Groups, Schedule Teams


Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D

February 12
February 13

February 14
February 15
February 16

February 17
February 19

February 20
February 23
February 24
February 27

Jamaica, Colombia, Honduras - Miami


USA, Peru, Haiti - Miami
Mexico, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago - San Diego
Costa Rica, South Korea, Canada - Los Angeles
Saturday
7 pm
9 pm
Sunday
12 pm
2 pm
Monday
7 pm
9 pm
Tuesday
7pm
9 pm
Wednesday
7 pm
9 pm
Thursday
7 pm
9 pm
Saturday
3 pm
5:30 pm
Sunday
12 pm
2:30 pm
Wednesday
8 pm
Thursday
8 pm
Sunday
12 pm

Miami
USA vs Haiti
Colombia vs Jamaica
San Diego
Costa Rica vs Canada
Mexico vs Trinidad
Miami
Jamaica vs Honduras
Haiti vs Peru
Los Angeles
Korea vs Canada
Trinidad vs Guatemala
Miami
Honduras vs Colombia
Peru vs USA
Los Angeles
Mexico vs Guatemala
Korea vs Costa Rica
Miami
Quarterfinal A Winner Group B vs Runner up Group A
Quarterfinal B Winner Group A vs Runner up Group B
San Diego
Quarterfinal C Winner Group D vs Runner up Group C
Quarterfinal D Winner Group C vs Runner up Group D
San Diego
Semifinal 1 Winner Quarterfinal A vs Winner Quarterfinal B
Los Angeles
Semifinal 2 Winner Quarterfinal C vs Winner Quarterfinal D
Los Angeles
Final Winner Semifinal 1 vs Winner Semifinal 2

Ticket Information Miami:


First round and quarter finals: General Admission, advance purchase $16; day of
game $20. Reserved seats $25. Premier seats $30. Call Ticketmaster in Dade County
(305) 358 5885, in Broward County (954) 523-3309, and in Palm Beach County
(561) 966-3309. For more information and to purchase General Admission tickets,
call: (305) 377-2767.
Ticket Information Los Angeles and San Diego:
First round and quarter finals: General Admission, advance purchase $20; day of
game $25. Reserved seats, advance purchase $25; day of game $30. Premier seats $40.
Semi finals: General admission, advance purchase $27; day of game $32. Reserved
seats, advance purchase $32; day of game $37. Premier seats $45.
Final (Los Angeles): General admission, advance purchase $30; day of game $35.
Reserved seats, advance purchase $40; day of game $45. Premier seats $70.
Call Ticketmaster in Los Angeles: (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000 or (805) 5838700. Call Ticketmaster in San Diego: (619) 220-TIXS.
For more information, group sales special packages and general admission locations
in Southern California, call 1-800-668-8080.
Or order on line at www.ticketmaster.com

Canada
The Canadians have a solid team which includes two world class strikers upfront, Paul Peschisolido (Fulham, Premier
League, England) and Carlo Corazzin (Northampton Town, England). The latter finished as the top scorer in the 1999 Gold
Cup playoffs in Los Angeles with three goals (tied with Johnny Descolines of Haiti). Canada comes back to the finals of the
Gold Cup, after failing to make the cut for the 1998 edition. German coach Holger Osieck is in charge.

Colombia
Colombia's national team is loaded with world class players, specially strikers, like Edwin Congo (Real Madrid), Victor
Bonilla (Real Sociedad), and Hamilton Ricard (Middlesbrough). They have an emerging star in young midfielder Jhonnier
Montao, who was recently acquired by Parma A.C. The backline is directed by veteran Jorge Bermudez of Boca Juniors.
New head coach Javier Alvarez discarded most veterans an has opted to field a rejuvenated squad.

Costa Rica
Costa Rica qualified as winners of the UNCAF Torneo de Naciones where the top three teams all finished with the same
amount of points, the final placings were determined by goal differential. The "Ticos" are fortunate to count on the services of
prolific scorers Rolando Fonseca, the UNCAF tournament top striker and Paulo Wanchope of West Ham of the English
Premier League. Costa Rica reached the semi finals of the Gold Cup in 1991 and 1993.

Guatemala
Guatemala qualified by finishing second in the Torneo de Naciones. Guatemala won three matches, including wins over
Honduras and El Salvador, while only losing one match, 1-0, to host Costa Rica. This is Guatemala's fourth consecutive Gold
Cup. In 1998 they played their best match, a 1-1 tie with mighty Brazil. That year, they also battled Jamaica, losing a thriller
by the score of 2-3. They are guided by distinguished former national team midfielder Benjamin Monterroso.

Haiti
Haiti qualified for its first ever appearance in the finals of the Gold Cup having finished second in the playoffs, which included a win over Cuba. In that tournament, striker Johnny Descolines made a name for himself scoring three goals. Recently,
Haiti has put forward valiant efforts, finishing third in the 1998 Copa Caribe, and co-third place finishers in 1999 with
Jamaica. In the 1999 Copa Caribe, Haiti played to a tough 3-4 loss, against Brazil's U23 national team.

Honduras
Honduras was the only team to defeat host Costa Rica twice in UNCAF qualifying. A loss to Guatemala prevented them from
claiming first place. Their third place finish was enough to advance them to the Gold Cup 2000 finals. The team is coached by
"Primitivo" Maradiaga, and has several world class players including strikers Carlos Pavon (Celaya of Mexico), Milton
"Tyson" Nuez and Oscar Suazo of Italian First Division team Cagliari.

Jamaica
Jamaica competes by virtue of winning the 1998 Copa Caribe title. The "Reggae Boyz" defeated Trinidad & Tobago, 2-1, in a
fiercely contested final. O'Neil McDonald and Dean Sewell tallied the winning goals. In the 1998 Gold Cup, Jamaica earned a
scoreless tie against Brazil and won over Guatemala and El Salvador. They fought against Mexico in the semifinals, but lost
0-1. Having gained valuable experience playing in their first World Cup in France, Jamaica is poised to challenge for the title.

Mexico
Mexico comes to the Gold Cup 2000 as the reining Gold Cup champions. They have won the Gold Cup a record three times
with wins over the USA (1993), Brazil (1996) and the USA (1998). If this was not impressive enough, Mexico won the FIFA
1999 Confederations' Cup. The team garnered its first ever FIFA title in a thrilling match at Azteca stadium beating world
power Brazil. They also earned a third place finish in the prestigious Copa America. Veteran Manuel Lapuente is the coach.

Peru
Invitee Peru views the Gold Cup as a test of their players, as they prepare for South American World Cup qualifying. They
had a solid performance in the 1999 Copa America, with victories over Bolivia 1-0, and Japan 3-2, but were edged by Mexico
in the quarterfinals. Peru's top players are: midfielders Nolberto Solano (Newcastle, England), Roberto Palacios (U.A.
Guadalajara, Mexico), and striker Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen, Germany). The coach is Colombian Francisco Maturana.

South Korea
Koreas appearance in World Cup 1998 in France, was their fourth consecutive and fifth overall. Co-Hosts of the 2002 FIFA
World Cup, Korea views the Gold Cup as invaluable preparation, for the greatest football event in the world. The team is
coached by a former Korean National Team striker Huh Jung-Moo, who scored a goal against Italy at World Cup 1986 in
Mexico. An accomplishment which will always be remembered by all Korean football suppporters

Trinidad and Tobago


Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the Gold Cup by winning the 1999 Copa Caribe. Stern John (Tottenham, England), scored a
"Golden Goal" that provided T&T the margin for victory in the final against Cuba 2-1. The squad entering Gold Cup 2000
includes striker Dwight Yorke (Manchester United, England), Shaka Hislop (West Ham, England) and T&T "Player of the
Year" Arnold Dwarika (Joe Public, T&T). Trinidad & Tobago also won the Caribbean title in 1989, 1992, 1994 and 1995.

USA
In the 1998 Gold Cup, the United States surprised the world with a 1-0 win over four time world champions Brazil, in the
semifinals. They also defeated Costa Rica and Cuba, but lost a heartbreaker to Mexico in the final. Coach Bruce Arena took
over after a disappointing showing at the 1998 World Cup, and has lead team to a third place finish in the 1999 FIFA
Confederations' Cup. The USA enters into the Gold Cup 2000 by virtue of being the host national team.

Two USA Players


Honored At The
FIFA U-17 World
Championship
Paying tribute to the world
class talent
emerging from
youth football
in the United
States, FIFA
awarded the
Golden Ball and
the Silver Ball,
Landon Donovan
the two prizes
reserved for the tournament's two outstanding players, to two USA players
in an unprecedented achievement for
U.S. Soccer vividly reflecting the outstanding youth developmental work
being done in that country. Golden
Ball winner, forward Landon Donovan
and Silver Ball winner, midfielder
DaMarcus Beasley, swept the top two
awards based on the voting of the local
and international media covering the
event.
Donovan finished the tournament
with three goals and an assist and consistently showed the class and talent
that earned him a contract with Bayer
Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga.
Beasley won two Man of the Match
awards and provided thrills with his
pace, magnificent dribbling, and overall superior skills.

Dates Set For


Inaugural Womens
Gold Cup
The inaugural Women's Gold Cup
will take place in the United States
between June 23 and July 4, 2000.
Eight teams will take part with
three invited teams joining five from
within the Football Confederation, one
of which is expected to be the FIFA
Women's World Cup holders, USA.
The Confederation confirmed the
dates for the event, which parallels the
importance of the men's Gold Cup.
Venues for the Women's Gold Cup
will be determined shortly; as will the
names of the participating nations.

USA Takes Fourth Place in the


1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship
The United States won its group and went on to
earn a fourth place finish at the 1999 FIFA U-17
World Championship in New Zealand in what
could have been at least a runner up finish, after a
heartbreaking loss to Australia decided by penalty
kicks in their semifinal match. Mexico, second in
its group, advanced to the quarterfinals, losing to
the USA. Jamaica lost all its matches.
In the remarkable semifinal clash against the
Aussies, the USA finally succumbed in the eighth round of penalty kicks after a
thrilling 2-2 draw. Despite falling behind 2-0 in the first half, goals by Landon
Donovan and Oguchi Onyewu evened the match and eventually sent it into sudden
death overtime and then penalty kicks.
U.S. captain Kenneth Cutler, hit the final shot of the match just over the crossbar,
allowing Australia to grab a spot in the finals with a 7-6 advantage in penalty kicks.
Final standings and Results:
Group A
x-USA
x-Uruguay
New Zealand
Poland

P
3
3
3
3

W
2
1
1
0

D
1
1
0
2

L
0
1
2
1

GF:GA
4:2
6:2
3:8
3:4

PTS
7
4
3
2

Group B
x-Ghana
x-MEXICO
Spain
Thailand

3
3
3
3

2
2
1
0

1
0
1
0

0
1
1
3

12:2
5:4
7:2
1:17

7
6
4
0

Group C
x-Australia
x-Brazil
Germany
Mali

3
3
3
3

2
1
0
0

0
2
2
2

1
0
1
1

4:3
2:1
1:2
0:1

6
5
2
2

Group D
x-Paraguay
x-Qatar
Burkina Faso
JAMAICA

3
3
3
3

2
2
1
0

1
0
1
0

0
1
1
3

9:2
6:3
4:4
0:10

7
6
4
0

QuarterFinals
20.11.99
20.11.99
21.11.99
21.11.99
SemiFinals
24.11.99
24.11.99
Third Place
27.11.99
Final
27.11.99

USA vs MEXICO
Ghana vs Uruguay
Australia vs Qatar
Brazil vs Parguay

3:2 (14:00) (Auckland)


3:2 (16:00) (Napier)
1:0 (14:00) (Christchurch)
1:4 (16:00) (Dunedin)

USA vs Australia
Ghana vs Brazil

2:2 (6:7 pks) (16:00) (Christchurch)


2:2 (2:4 pks) (19:30) (Auckland)

USA vs Ghana

0:2 (13:15) (Auckland)

Australia vs Brazil

0:0 (7:8 pks) (16:00) (Auckland)

Confederation Teams Gear Up


For FIFA World Cup 2002
The Caribbean and Central America
Zones will be among the first to step
out on the long road towards the World
Cup 2002. With the preliminary draw
made in Tokyo, FIFA also announced
the starting date fort the qualifying
rounds will be March 1, 2000 and the
Confederation's qualifying will begin
March 4th.
Six Central American teams will be
divided into two groups of three teams.
The winners will advance to the semifinal round with the two group runners-up advancing to a final
against the runners-up of two of the three Caribbean groups.
Twenty-four Caribbean teams will participate in the knockout competition and have been drawn into three groups of 8
teams each. Group winners will advance to the semi-final round
and three more will advance to a final series against Canada
and the two Central American group second-place finishers.
A total of eight teams will emerge from the preliminary
stage and advance to the semi-final round where they will join
Mexico, USA, Jamaica and Costa Rica (teams that have competed in at least one of the past three FIFA World Cups). The
draw for the 12-team semifinal qualification round will take
place after the conclusion of the preliminary round.

In the semi-final round the 12 teams will be broken into


three groups of four. Each team will play home and away
matches against the other three teams in their group, with the
top two teams in each group advancing to the final round of
qualifying. The six final-round qualifiers will be matched up in
one group, where they will play 10 home-and-away matches
against the other five countries.
Preliminary Qualifying Round for 2002 FIFA World Cup:
Central America Zone Group A: El Salvador, Belize, Guatemala
Winner advances to semi-final round. Group runner up plays
2nd Group 2 for Interzone #2.
Central America Zone Group B: Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
Winner advances to semi-final round. Group runner up plays
2nd Group 3 for Interzone #3.
Caribbean Zone Group 1: Cuba v Cayman Islands, St Lucia v
Surinam, Aruba v Puerto Rico, Barbados v Grenada Winner is
Caribbean #1 and advances to the semi-final round. Loser plays
Canada for Interzone #1.
Caribbean Zone Group 2: St Vincent v U.S. Virgin Islands,
St Kitts/Nevis v Turks and Caicos Islands, Guyana v Antigua,
British Virgin Islands v Bermuda. Winner is Caribbean #2 and
advances to the semi-final round. Loser plays 2nd Group A for
Interzone #2.
Caribbean Zone Group 3: Trinidad v Netherlands Antilles,
Dominican Republic v Montserrat, Dominica v Haiti,
Anguilla v Bahamas. Winner is Caribbean #3 and advances to
the semi-final round. Loser plays 2nd Group B for Interzone #3.

Olympic Qualifying Update


Matches Begin March 21 in Trinidad and Tobago
The dates of the next round of qualifying matches for the
Olympic Football Tournament, Sydney 2000, have been
revised. The Confederation of North, Central American
Caribbean Association Football qualifying will kick off in
Trinidad & Tobago on March 21st when Canada takes on
Guatemala, followed by Netherlands Antilles against the host.
Five teams will emerge from Group A in Trinidad &
Tobago, Group B in Mexico and Group C in Panama to join the
United States in the final qualifying group, which will be
played in Hershey, Pennsylvania, from April 21 to April 30,
2000. From that final group, the two Confederation
representatives for Sydney 2000 will be determined.
The revised schedule and groupings follows:
GROUP A: Top two teams to advance to the final group.
Trinidad Tobago (host), Canada, Guatemala, Neth.Antilles
Games at Havelange Center of Excellence, Port-of-Spain
March 21
Tuesday
4 pm
Canada vs. Guatemala
6 pm
T&T vs. Netherlands Antilles
March 23
Thursday
6 pm
Canada vs. Netherlands Antilles
8 pm
T&T vs. Guatemala
March 25
Saturday
6 pm
Guatemala vs. Nethe. Antilles
8pm
T&T vs. Canada

GROUP B: Top two teams to advance to the final group.


Mexico (host), Costa Rica, Jamaica, Honduras
Games at Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico
April 4
Tuesday
6 pm
Jamaica vs. Costa Rica
8:30 pm
Mexico vs. Honduras
April 6
Thursday
6 pm
Costa Rica vs. Honduras
8:30 pm
Mexico vs. Jamaica
April 8
Saturday
6 pm
Jamaica vs. Honduras
8:30 pm
Mexico vs. Costa Rica
GROUP C: Top team advances to the final group, to join USA.
Panama (host), Cuba, Bermuda, USA (bye to the final group) Played Rommel Fernandez Stadium, Panama City
April 5
Wednesday
8 pm
Panama vs. Bermuda
April 7
Friday
8 pm
Cuba vs. Bermuda
April 9
Sunday
8 pm
Panama vs. Cuba