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OFFICIAL BULLETIN

OF THE

CONFEDERATION

TH E F OOTBALL CONFEDERATION

Champions Cup to be
played in Las Vegas
The prestigious CONCACAF
Champions' Cup, will be held in the renovated, 40,000 seat Sam Boyd Stadium in
Las Vegas, Nevada, over a one-week period in September and October this year.
The Champions' Cup is the symbol of
club supremacy among the 38 Members of
CONCACAF - The Football Confederation
controlling the soccer activities of the
countries of North America, Central
America and the Caribbean.
CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck
Blazer said: "We are delighted with Las
Vegas itself, as a world famous destination, and with Sam Boyd Stadium as an
excellent, modern home for our principal
club championship.

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N ORTH , CE N T R A L A M E R I C A & CA R I B B E A N A S S O C I A T I O N F O O T B A L L

AUGUST/ S EPTEMBER 1 9 9 9 V OLUME 9 / NUMBER 3


"Together with our partners in this
event, we look forward to a successful
first major soccer event in Las Vegas and
the prospect of this becoming the longterm home for the Champions' Cup."
Among the other benefits and attractions of Sam Boyd Stadium is the important one of it being a neutral site, thus
avoiding any potential advantage to a club
playing in its own home field - specially
so this year.
This year, the eight finalists competing
in Las Vegas have an additional incentive
in that the winner will represent the region
in the first FIFA Club World Championship
to be played in Brazil in January of 2000.
Manchester United of England and Real
Madrid of Spain, are among the clubs that
have already secured a berth to the FIFA
tournament.

Double Champions
CONCACAF wins last 2 major FIFA
tournaments of the century. See center
spread for stories and statistics.

Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be the site of the 1999 CONCACAF Champions Cup

CONCACAF 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

President Jack
Warners Message

CONCACAF REPRESENTATIVES TO FIFA


Jack Austin Warner

FIFA Vice-President

Issac 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


CONCACAF/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


CONCACAF/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

CONCACAF NEWS
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Translation
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Michael Maselli
Victoria Posloncec
Nino Bussani

Somewhere within the huge territory


and many countries of CONCACAF, we
are breaking new ground every month as
our Confederation strives to advance the
game everywhere and for everyone.
The massive success of the FIFA
Women's World Cup, hosted by the United
States, broke new ground in so many
ways, of course.
The numbers alone told a story of huge
success - more than 90,000 at the final in
the Rose Bowl, TV ratings better than any
before in the USA, and a wonderful win
for the US women whom a nation celebrated for days after the event itself.
In fact, four days after the game the
streets outside the CONCACAF office in
New York were closed for a rally of cheering fans to greet the holders of the FIFA
Women's World Cup - their second victory
and a seismic change from the almost
non-existent recognition of their first success back in 1991.
Undoubtedly, this will give a great
boost to the game in the USA and to
women's football throughout the region.
Indeed, the CFU had already determined
to launch a women's championship in
2000 and UNCAF has already held their
inaugural event.
But all our members will now be
encouraged to develop more attention to
thisaspect of their mandate and, after seeing what happened in the USA, should
need little encouragement to do so.
This is especially so because the CONCACAF Womens Gold Cup will be inaugurated in 2000 placing womens national
team football on an equal footing with the
mens.
On that same day, at almost the same
time, as the street celebration outside our
offices, CONCACAF itself was breaking

new ground at a press conference in Las


Vegas to announce that the CONCACAF
Champions' Cup, our symbol of club
supremacy throughout our membership,
would be played in the newly-renovated,
40, 000 seat Sam Boyd Stadium.
The Champions' Cup, which has gathered more and more importance in recent
years, now becomes the final stepping
stone onto the world stage.
The first FIFA Club World
Championship will be played in Brazil
next January and whoever wins our title
in Las Vegas in early October will be
there among some of the giants of world
football including Manchester United
(with - I hope we can be forgiven for
mentioning - Trinidad and Tobago's own
Dwight Yorke).
The choice of Las Vegas is an important one from several points of view.
CONCACAF needs to play its important
events in more cities so that our competitions become better known and exposed to
different communities.
Las Vegas, with a fine stadium, a
worldwide name recognition and a growing population, fits all the criteria - as well
as the important one of being a neutral site
for the eight finalists of the Champions'
Cup.
With the world championship looming
ahead, our eight contenders needed to be
provided with as level a playing area as
possible. And for the second time in as
many months, a CONCACAF team won a
FIFA competition.
With little time to absorb this
announcement, the football world moved
on to the FIFA Confederations Cup in
Mexico for an unique juxtaposition of two
FIFA world championships within one
Confederation in the same year. This time
it was Mexico beating Brazil to capture
the Confederations Cup.
If this was not enough to keep CONCACAF in the limelight, then came the
news that Guatemala has been awarded
the FIFA Futsal Championship in 2000.
By the time Trinidad and Tobago hosts the
FIFA Under 17 World Championship in
2001, each of the three zones of CONCACAF will have been the home of a FIFA
final event.
Very soon, now, a new, official CONCACAF web site will be "live" and telling
the world all about the people and events
of our Confederation. Indeed, "Breaking
New Ground" could easily become the
motto of CONCACAF.

1999 CONCACAF
Champions Cup
After the last round of the UNCAF
qualifying matches for the 1999 Sky
CONCACAF Champions' Cup on August
8th, Olimpia of Honduras, Alajuela of
Costa Rica, Comunicaciones of
Guatemala and Saprissa of Costa Rica,
have secured qualification to the final
qualifying round-robin to be played in Honduras, August 25, 27
and 29th. (The top three teams will advance to the finals)
Three teams from Central America will advance to the final
round of the 1999 Champions' Cup in Las Vegas from September
28 to October 3.
Necaxa of Mexico beat the Los Angeles Galaxy of the United
States in a one game playoff on August 18th at the Rose Bowl in
Los Angeles, to determine the fifth, of eight clubs to qualify for
the finals, joining the current CONCACAF champions DC United
as well as Chicago Fire of the USA, Toluca of Mexico and Joe
Public of Trinidad, the Caribbean champions.
The winner of the Champions' Cup will represent the
Confederation in the inaugural FIFA Club World Championship in
Brazil next January. Manchester United and Real Madrid are
among the clubs that have already secured a berth for the prestigious FIFA tournament.
Champions already qualified for the Las Vegas event, which
will be played from September 28 to October 3rd are
- DC United of the United States,
current holders of theChampions' Cup.
- Toluca of Mexico,
champions of Mexico's 1999 Torneo Verano League.
- Chicago Fire of the United States,
current champions of Major League Soccer.
- Joe Public of Trinidad & Tobago,
winners of the 1998 Caribbean Club Championship.
- Necaxa of Mexico,
winners of the 1998 Torneo Invierno League.

Inaugural CONCACAF
Women's Gold Cup
scheduled for 2000
CONCACAF has placed women's
national team soccer on an equal footing
with that of men by introducing the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, to be played
in the summer of 2000.
"This is intended as a stimulus for all
female soccer players at all levels throughout the nations and territories of our 38
members," said CONCACAF President
and FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner.
"The U.S. women are, of course, the
standard by which women's football is
measured. By placing the interests of all
our women's national teams on equality

Latest results:
15.08.99 FAS vs. Aurora
15.08.99 Across vs. Olimpia
08.08.99 Alajuela vs. FAS
08.08.99 Aurora vs. Across
*08.08.99 Juventus vs. Firpo
01.08.99 Comunicaciones vs. Firpo
01.08.99 Saprissa vs. Motagua
01.08.99 Olimpia vs. Alajuela
01.08.99 Across vs. FAS
* Juventus wins by default

at El Salvador
at Belize
at Costa Rica
at Guatemala
at Belize
at Guatemala
at Costa Rica
at Honduras
at Belize

1:1
0:1
1:1
5:0
canceled
3:0
2:0
4:1
0:3

Final Standings:
Group A
GP

GF

GA

PT

Comunicaciones
Saprissa
Firpo
Motagua
Juventus

7
7
8
7
7

4
3
2
1
1

0
1
4
2
4

3
3
2
4
2

12
10
8
4
5

3
5
13
6
12

15
12
8
7
5

9
8
8
8
8

6
4
3
3
0

0
1
2
3
9

3
4
4
3
0

13
23
22
13
3

5
10
14
10
26

21
16
13
12
0

Group B

Olimpia
Alajuela
Aurora
FAS
Acros

The following matches were canceled:


11.08.99 Comunicaciones vs. Saprissa
15.08.99 Motagua vs. Comunicaciones
15.08.99 Saprissa vs. Juventus

at Guatemala
at Honduras
at Costa Rica

Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas

with those of men's national teams, we


intend to make CONCACAF the standard
by which future progress in women's football is measured among the
Confederations of FIFA."
Thus, the World Cup-winning U.S.
women will now have a major new trophy
to compete for, along with their counterparts throughout CONCACAF, The
Football Confederation.
The Women's Gold Cup will parallel
the well-established, competitive and popular Gold Cup, with guest national teams
from other Confederations being invited to
participate against this region's best.
"The huge success of the FIFA
Women's World Cup has given us the
impetus and the opportunity to continue
the sporting and social advance of
women's football," said CONCACAF
General Secretary, Chuck Blazer, who is

also a member of the FIFA Executive


Committee.
"Many steps had already been taken
but this will provide the best possible
encouragement and additional opportunity," added Mr. Blazer.
Dates and location of the first CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup will be determined shortly by the CONCACAF
Executive Committee together with the
event format and number of finalist teams
and guests.
In principle, the Women's Gold Cup
will follow the format of the Gold Cup
itself which will next be held in February
2000 in Miami, Sam Diego and Los
Angeles. Qualifying finalists from within
CONCACAF will be joined by three invited national teams from other regions.

USA wins the most brilliant event in


the history of women's sport
The victorious U.S.
women, winners on penalty
kicks against China in the
final of the FIFA Women's
World Cup, USA 1999, on
July 10 at the Rose Bowl in
Pasadena, Calfornia, were
triumphant in more ways
than one; achieving a victory for women's sport and for the game of football itself.
The crowd of over 90,000 which watched 120 minutes of
football and the 5-4 penalty kick win was the largest ever for a
women's sporting event.
TV ratings in the United States were greater even than for the
1994 World Cup Final between Brazil and Italy in the same stadium (and also decided on penalty kicks) and every newspaper
and newscast carried overwhelming coverage of the games.
The "Golden Girls", as commentators called the U.S. team,
were applauded for the discipline and teamwork necessary to win
at football and for the example they had set for young players.
Altogether, the U.S.-hosted FIFA Women's World Cup was an
event of enormous sporting and social significance, the effect of
which can not yet be determined.
The final match against China provided for great excitement
including the dramatic penalty kicks sequence. The difference in
the 5-4 shootout came on China's third shot when U.S. goalkeeper
Foudy (#11) of the USA against Germany

Briana Scurry dove to the right to save an attempt by Liu Ying.


After the next two players on each side converted their opportunities, Brandi Chastain lined up for the potentially championshipwinning kick. She scored past Gao Hong to end the tournament.
The game drew 90,185 fans to the Rose Bowl, far surpassing
the record attendance for a women's sporting event, set three
weeks ago with the opening ceremonies doubleheader at Giants
Stadium. The 78,972 fans that attended the matches that day
between the United States and Denmark and Brazil vs. Mexico
broke the previous record held by the 1996 Olympics women's
soccer medal-round doubleheader.
1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Standings/Results:
Group A
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA PTS

USA
Nigeria
N. Korea
Denmark

3
3
3
3

3
2
1
0

0
1
2
3

0
0
0
0

13
5
4
1

1
8
6
8

9
6
3
0

Brazil
Germany
Italy
Mexico

3
3
3
3

2
1
1
0

0
0
1
3

1
2
1
0

12
10
3
1

4
4
3
15

7
5
4
0

Norway
Russia
Japan
Canada

3
3
3
3

3
2
0
0

0
1
2
2

0
0
1
1

13
10
1
3

2
3
10
12

9
6
1
1

China
Sweden
Australia
Ghana

3
3
3
3

3
2
0
0

0
1
2
2

0
0
1
1

13
6
3
1

2
3
7
10

9
6
1
1

Group B

Group C

Group D

Quarterfinals:
30.06.99 China vs. Russia
30.06.99 Norway vs. Sweden
01.07.99 United States vs. Germany
01.07.99 Brazil vs. Nigeria
Semifinals:
04.07.99 US vs. Brazil
04.07.99 Norway vs. China
Thrid Place Match
10.07.99 Brazil vs. Norway
Final:
10.07.99 US vs. China

2-0
3-0
3-2
4-3
2-0
0-5
5-4
5-4

1999 FIFA Womens World Cup Champions - USA

Mexico beats Brazil wins


FIFA Confederations Cup
August 4, 1999 will
be a day that will not soon
be forgotten in the hearts
and minds of the Mexican
people. In that momentous
day, Mexico made history
at legendary Azteca Stadium
defeating mighty Brazil and
conquering their first ever
FIFA championship. Their 4-3 thriumph in front of a frenzied
crowd of 115,000 accredits them the champions of the 1999 FIFA
Confederations' Cup and preserves intact their 18-year undefeated
streak at the famous football venue.
The seven goal thriller provided electrifying action and drama
throughout the 90 plus minutes of its duration. Mexico took the
lead in the 13th minute when Miguel Zepeda's forceful shot could
not be controlled by Brazilian keeper Dida. Fifteen minutes later,
Jose Manuel Abundis struck clinically from inside the area for
Mexico's second score.
Late in the first half, a foul on Ronaldinho resulted ina penalty.
Serginho forcefully struck the ball past Mexican keeper Campos
for a 2-1 first half result.
Brazil stormed back in the second half with a quick equalizer
by Roni, who received a pass from Ronaldinho and pushed the
ball out of Campos' reach.
Mexico took the lead when Zepeda was left unmarked in the box
and scored easily. Then came the best goal of the historic night:
Rafael Marquez ran down the left flank and centred to
Cuauhtemoc Blanco who controlled with his right, switched to his
left cutting off Odvan and unloaded a forceful low shot that beat
Dida diving to his right for a peach of a goal.
Mexico's success breaks a series of three consecutive wins for
CONMEBOL teams in the FIFA Confederations' Cup and provides
the CONCACAF team with a record of 13 wins, one draw and
only one defeat in 1999.
Blanco scored his 9th in 8 matches in Confederations' Cup.
The Mexican player is the top scorer in the all-time ranking, ahead
of Brazil's Romario (7 goals) and Ronaldinho (6).
1999 FIFA Conferations Cup Champions - MEXICO

Photo: Compliments of CONMEBOL

The crowd of 115,000 attending this year's final is the highest


single game attendance recorded in the tournament's history.
The other CONCACAF team, the United States, captured the
third place defeating Saudi Arabia, 2-0, with goals by Paul Bravo
and Brian McBride.
1999 FIFA Confederations Cup Final Standings/Results:
Group A
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA PTS

Mexico
Saudi Arabia
Bolivia
Egypt

3
3
3
3

2
1
0
0

1
1
2
2

0
1
1
1

8
6
2
5

3
6
3
9

7
4
2
2

3
3
3
3

3
2
1
0

0
0
0
0

0
1
2
3

7
4
2
1

0
2
6
6

9
6
3
0

Group B

Brazil
United States
Germany
New Zealand

Group play results:


25.07.99 Bolivia vs. Egypt 2-2
Mexico vs. Saudi Arabia 5-1
24.07.99 Brazil vs. Germany 4-0
New Zealand vs. US 1-2
27.07.99 Saudi Arabia vs. Bolivia 0-0
Mexico vs. Egypt 2:2
28.07.99 Germany vs. New Zealand 2:0 Brazil vs. United States 1:0
29.07.99 Egypt vs. Saudi Arabia 1:5
Bolivia vs. Mexico 0:1
30.07.99 United States vs. Germany 2:0 New Zealand vs. Brazil 0:2
Semifinals
01.08.99 Mexico vs. USA
1:0 (Mexico City)
01.08.99 Brazil vs. Saudi Arabia 8:2 (Guadalajara)
3rd/4th Place
03.08.99 USA vs. Saudi Arabia 2:0 (Guadalajara)
Final
04.08.99 Mexico vs. Brazil
4:3 (Mexico City)
FIFA President Sepp Blatter presents Mexico with the trophy

Mexico Finishes Third


in Copa America
Mexico, CONCACAF's sole representative in the 1999 Copa America,
again displayed great football. Their
superb performance earned them third
place honors matching their final placing
in the 1997 edition. Mexico was the runner up in 1993 and finished seventh in
1995.
At Copa America the team displayed
poise, scoring prowess (as evinced in the
win over Peru via penalty kicks following a 3-3 tie in regulation), tactical discipline, and what has become the Mexican
trademark, a tenacious "never say die"
attitude from beginning to end.
Their performance in the CONMEBOL competition put beyond any
doubt the fact that they are among the
elite teams in the Americas. Mexico tallied four impressive wins, two of them
against 1998 World Cup qualifier Chile,
and one over Peru and Venezuela. The
team's two losses came at the hands of
eventual champions Brazil.
Luis Hernandez of Mexico, and four
others, scored three goals finishing as the
third best scorers in the tournament.

Guatemala Appointed
Host of the 2000 FIFA
Futsal Championship
FIFA officially appointed Guatemala
as the host of the 2000 FIFA Futsal (5-aside) World Championship at its recent
Executive Committee meeting held in
Los Angeles. The decision means that
CONCACAF's Central Zone will have
its first ever FIFA final event in
November.
Guatemala's nomination to organize
the event was met with great excitement.
President of the Guatemalan Football
Federation, Rolando Pineda Lam, said:
"This is a joyous surprise and an opportunity to demonstrate our organizing
capacity. If all goes well, we will aspire
to host a U-17 World Championship."
FIFA allocated three berths to CONCACAF (including the host country) for
the tournament that will be held in
November. UEFA will be represented by
five teams, CONMEBOL and AFC are
entitled to 3, and CAF and OFC one
each, for a total of sixteen teams.

Mexico Wins the Mens, USA Takes the Women's


Pan Am Games Football Championships
After the historic win of its men's senior national team in
the FIFA Confederations' Cup, the Mexican U-23 national
team followed their seniors' winning ways conquering the
Pan Am Games football championship. Mexico defeated
a talented and unyielding Honduras, 2-0, in the final.
Gold Medal
Bronze Medal
Semifinals

07.08.99 Honduras vs. Mexico


06.08.99 Canada vs. USA
03.08.99 Honduras vs. Canada
04.08.99 Mexico vs. USA

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

Group A

GP

GF

GA

PTS

Mexico
Canada
Costa Rica
Guatemala
Trinidad/Tobago

4
4
4
4
4

2
2
1
1
0

0
0
0
2
4

2
2
3
1
0

7
5
5
4
2

4
2
4
5
8

8
8
6
4
0

4
4
4
4
4

4
2
2
1
0

0
1
2
3
3

0
1
0
0
1

10
4
6
3
2

3
3
4
6
9

12
7
6
3
1

Group B

Honduras
USA
Jamaica
Cuba
Uruguay

3.07.99 USA vs. Cuba, 1-0


24.07.99 Costa Rica vs. Canada, 1-1
25.07.99 Cuba vs. Uruguay,3-1
26.07.99 T&T vs. Canada, 0-2
27.07.99 Uruguay vs. Honduras 1:4
28.07.99 Canada vs. Guatemala 2:1
29.07.99 Honduras vs. Cuba 2:0
30.07.99 Guatemala vs. T&T 2:0
31.07.99 Jamaica vs. Honduras 2:1
01.08.99 Costa Rica vs. Guatemala 0:0

23.07.99 Jamaica vs. Uruguay, 2-0


24.07.99 Mexico vs. Trinidad/Tobago, 2-1
25.07.99 Honduras vs. USA, 2-1
26.07.99 Guatemala vs. Mexico 1-3
27.07.99 Jamaica vs. Cuba 2:0
28.07.99 Costa Rica vs. T&T 2:1
29.07.99 USA vs. Jamaica 2:1
30.07.99 Mexico vs. Costa Rica 2:2
31.07.99 USA vs. Uruguay 0:0
01.08.99 Canada vs. Mexico 0:0

WOMEN'S COMPETITION

The USA U-20 Women's National Team followed the lead of their world champions
elders, and won the Pan Am Games women's football tourmament edging Mexico, 2-0,
in the final. Canada, the host nation for the games, finished fourth, just as they did in the
mens competetition
Gold Medal
Bronze Medal
Semifinals

05.08.99
04.08.99
02.08.99
02.08.99

Mexico vs. USA 0:2


Costa Rica vs. Canada 1:1, (penalty kicks 4:3)
USA vs. Costa Rica 2:0
Canada vs. Mexico 2:2 , (penalty kicks 3:4)

Women's competition, final group standings:


Team

GP

GF

GA

PTS

USA
Canada
Mexico
Costa Rica
Trinidad/Tobago

4
4
4
4
4

3
3
2
1
0

0
1
1
3
4

1
0
1
0
0

19
13
13
3
3

2
6
6
14
23

10
9
7
3
0

For comprehensive information about the Pan Am Games please visit their web site at:
www.panamgames.org.

Trinidad & Tobago Wins


the 1999 Copa Caribe

THE CONCACAF
GOLD CUP 2000

Trinidad and Tobago overcame a well organized and offensive minded Cuban team,
and won the 1999 Caribbean Football Union's Copa Caribe for the for the seventh time in
its 11-year history with a 2-1 victory in extra time, June 13 at Hasely Crawford Stadium
in Trinidad.
Trinidad & Tobago has joined Jamaica, the 1998 Caribbean Cup victors, becoming
the second Caribbean country securing a berth for the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup,
February 12-27 in Los Angeles, San Diego and Miami. 1999 runner up Cuba and 1998
third placed team Haiti (Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago finished first and second respectively), will compete for the last two berths for Gold Cup 2000 in a round robin playoff
group that also includes Canada and El Salvador. Venue and dates will be announced.
Trinidad & Tobago's international, Stern John, scored the "Golden Goal" for his team
in the 118th minute. The decisive goal came about from a cross by "Super Sub" Stokely
Mason.
T&T new captain Anthony Rougier had given the hosts a 1-0 lead in the 66th minute
with a powerful left-footer from inside the box. Cuba tied the match in dramatic fashion
when Luis Marten chased and got possession of the ball on the right flank and squared it
back to find Serguei Prado in scoring position.
"The Cubans were very organized but their players were not as skillful as us," said
Trinidad & Tobago head coach Bertille St. Clair.
Cuban coach William Bennett was disappointed but said his team benefited from the
experience. "T&T played better and stuck to their game plan. This loss is hard but it's a
very useful experience. We have become stronger for next year's tournament," he said.

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the


top competition for national teams organized by The Football Confederation.
Inaugurated in 1991, the biennial tournament features the best senior national
teams in North, Central America and the
Caribbean.
The competition continues to grow in
stature with each passing edition. Last
year's tournament broke records in attendance and media coverage. Equally
important, Mexico's capture of the title
despite the participation of the senior
Brazilian national team, vividly revealed
the rise in the level of play of our regional teams.
Given the participation of CONCACAF's
nine top national teams and three quality
invited teams, the 2000 edition will surely provide more exciting and fiercely
competitive football on the field and
generate more success off the field.
Ten of the twelve teams competing in the
2000 edition have been identified:
- Defending champions: Mexico
- Host team: United States
- UNCAF champions: Costa Rica
- UNCAF qualifiers: Guatemala
- UNCAF qualifiers: Honduras
- CFU champions: Jamaica (1998)
and Trinidad & Tobago (1999)
- Invited teams: Colombia, Korea,
and, Peru

Final Standings:
Group A
GP

GF

GA

PTS

Trinidad & Tobago


Jamaica
Grenada
Guadeloupe

3
3
3
3

3
2
1
0

0
1
2
3

0
0
0
0

11
7
3
4

2
3
10
10

9
6
3
0

3
3
3
3

3
2
1
0

0
1
2
3

0
0
0
0

6
7
8
0

1
6
5
9

9
6
3
0

Group B

Cuba
Haiti
Brazil
St.Kitts/Nevis

Two more national teams will emerge


from the round robin playoff involving:
El Salvador, Canada, Cuba and Haiti
which will be played at Los Angeles
Coliseum in Los Angeles, October 6, 8
and 10th.
El Salvador finished fourth in
UNCAF qualifying, while Cuba was the
1999 Copa Caribe runner up and Haiti
the 1998 Copa Caribe third placed team.
Canada enters the playoff pool as
remaining North team seeking qualification. Playoff round robin schedule of
matches:

Photo: Robert Taylor

Trinidad and Tobago plays Cuba on their way to the Copa Caribe Championship

06.10.99
06.10.99
08.10.99
08.10.99
10.10.99
10.10.99

Canada vs Cuba
El Salvador vs Haiti
Cuba vs Haiti
El Salvador vs Canada
El Salvador vs Cuba
Canada vs Haiti

CONCACAF Calendar Of Events


1999

EVENT

LOCATION

28 Sept.- 3 Oct.

CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Las Vegas, USA

1-2 October

FIFA Executive Committe Meeting

Las Vegas, USA

6-10 October

CONCACAF Gold Cup Playoffs

5-6 November

CONCACAF Executive Committee Meeting

Los Angeles, USA


New York

2000
5 - 14 February

FIFA Club World Championship

Brazil

12 - 27 February

CONCACAF Gold Cup

8 - 12 March

CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier First Round Group A

TBA

22 - 26 March

CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier First Round Group B

TBA

5 -9 April

CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier First Round Group C

TBA

21 - 30 April

CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier Final Round

USA

May 13

CONCACAF Congress

TBA

CONCACAF Futsal Qualifying Tournament

TBA

TBA

CONCACAF Womens Gold Cup

TBA

November

FIFA Futsal World Championship

Guatemala

Miami, San Diego, Los Angeles

Nassau, Bahamas

2001
April

FIFA U-17 World Championship

Trinidad & Tobago

FIFA U-17 Qualifyers:


Mexico, Jamaica, USA
CONCACAF's third qualifier for the
1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship
has been determined by the USA's clear
victory over El Salvador, 6-1 in San
Salvador, and then 4-0, May 22nd at the
Columbus Crew Stadium in Ohio. With
the victories, the United States joined
Jamaica and Mexico, becoming the third
CONCACAF team to advance to the
championship to be hosted by New
Zealand, November 10 - 27.
The USA is the only country to have
qualified for all eight championships
since the first juniors tournament in
1985. Mexico is third in the list of
appearances leaders, with 6. Jamaica will
be making its first appearance.
"It is great to return to Columbus and
get a win in a very convincing manner,"
said U.S. Head Coach, John Ellinger.
"First we had the pressure of qualifying
for the world championship but now we
will have the pressure of performing well
in New Zealand and I am confident this
team will do well."