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Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football
Abbreviation CONCACAF
Formation 18 September 1961; 53 years ago (1961-09-18)
Type Sports organization
Headquarters Miami, Florida, U.S.
41 member associations
Official language
Secretary General
Enrique Sanz
Jeffrey Webb
Parent organization

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football[1] (CONCACAF, /ˈkɒn.kəkæf/ KON-kə-kaf) is the continental governing body for association football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Three South American entities, the independent nations of Guyana and Suriname and the French department of French Guiana, are also members.[2]

CONCACAF was founded in its current form on 18 September 1961 in Mexico City, Mexico, with the merger of the NAFC and the CCCF, which made it one of the then five, now six continental confederations affiliated with FIFA. Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao), Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname and United States were founding members.[3] Its primary administrative functions are to organize competitions for national teams and clubs, and to conduct World Cup qualifying tournaments.

CONCACAF is the third-most successful FIFA confederation of the six despite being the third smallest one in terms of member nations. Mexico dominated CONCACAF men's competition early on, however since 2000 the USA has achieved the most success. The U.S. is the only country outside of Europe and South America to receive a medal in the World Cup, finishing third in 1930. They also reached the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals and the 2009 Confederations Cup final. Mexico has finished sixth in both the 1970 and 1986 World Cups and won the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. Both nations have won all but one of the editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. In recent years Costa Rica has become a power in the region and in 2014 became the 4th CONCACAF country to make the World Cup quarterfinals. United States has been very successful in the women's game, being the only CONCACAF member to win any of the three major worldwide competitions in women's football—the World Cup (2), the Olympics (4), and the Algarve Cup (9).


CONCACAF is led by a General Secretariat, Executive Committee, Congress, and several committees. The Executive Committee is composed of seven members — one chairman, three Vice Presidents, and three members.[4] Each of the three geographic zones in CONCACAF are represented by one Vice President and one member. The Executive Committee carries out the various statutes, regulations, and resolutions.


The first leader of CONCACAF was Costa Rican Ramón Coll Jaumet; he had overseen the merger between the NAFC and the CCCF. He was succeeded in the role by Mexican Joaquín Soria Terrazas in 1969 who served as president for 21 years.

His successor Jack Warner was the CONCACAF president from 1990 to 2011, also for 21 years. Warner was suspended as president on 30 May 2011 due to his temporary suspension from football related activity by FIFA following corruption allegations.[5] Chuck Blazer was the General Secretary during the same period.[6]

On 20 June 2011, Jack Warner resigned from the presidency of CONCACAF, and removed himself from all participation in football, in the wake of the corruption investigation resulting from the 10 May 2011 meeting of the Caribbean Football Union.[7] The vice-president of CONCACAF, Alfredo Hawit, acted as president until May 2012.[8]

In May 2012, Cayman Islands banker Jeffrey Webb was installed as President of CONCACAF.

Corporate structure[edit]

CONCACAF is located in North America
Nassau, Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas
Miami, United States
Miami, United States
New York, United States
New York, United States
George Town, Cayman Islands
George Town, Cayman Islands
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Locations of CONCACAF offices

CONCACAF is a non-profit company registered in Nassau, Bahamas.[9]

The headquarters of the CONCACAF (referred to as the office of the president) are currently located in the Admiral Financial Center, George Town, Cayman Islands—the home city of CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb. Previously, they were based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago under the presidency of Jack Warner.

The administration office of CONCACAF (referred to as the primary office) is located in Miami—the "home town" of Enrique Sanz, the general secretary. Enrique Sanz was appointed as the CONCACAF General Secretary in July 2012.[10] It was previously located in Trump Tower, New York when Chuck Blazer was the General Secretary.

There is also an office in Guatemala City, which is shared with UNCAF and an office in New York.[11]


CONCACAF has 41 member associations:[12]

  • 31 from the Caribbean
  • 7 from Central America
  • 3 from North America
Code Association National teams Founded FIFA
North American Zone (NAFU)
CAN Canada Canada (M, W) 1912 1913 1961 Yes
MEX Mexico Mexico (M, W) 1927 1929 1961 Yes
USA United States United States (M, W) 1913 1914 1961 Yes
Central American Zone (UNCAF)
BLZ Belize Belize (M, W) 1980 1986 1986 Yes
CRC Costa Rica Costa Rica (M, W) 1921 1927 1961 Yes
SLV El Salvador El Salvador (M, W) 1935 1938 1961 Yes
GUA Guatemala Guatemala (M, W) 1919 1946 1961 Yes
HON Honduras Honduras (M, W) 1951 1951 1961 Yes
NCA Nicaragua Nicaragua (M, W) 1931 1950 1961 Yes
PAN Panama Panama (M, W) 1937 1938 1961 Yes
Caribbean Zone (CFU)
AIA Anguilla Anguilla (M, W) 1990 1996 1996 No
ATG Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda (M, W) 1928 1972 1972 Yes
ARU Aruba Aruba (M, W) 1932 1988 1986 Yes
BAH The Bahamas Bahamas (M, W) 1967 1968 1981 Yes
BAR Barbados Barbados (M, W) 1910 1968 1967 Yes
BER Bermuda Bermuda1 (M, W) 1928 1962 1967 Yes
BON Bonaire Bonaire3 (M, W) 1960 N/A 2014 No
VGB British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands (M, W) 1974 1996 1996 Yes
CAY Cayman Islands Cayman Islands (M, W) 1966 1992 1990 Yes
CUB Cuba Cuba (M, W) 1924 1929 1961 Yes
CUW Curaçao Curaçao (M, W) 1921 1932 1961 No
DMA Dominica Dominica (M, W) 1970 1994 1994 Yes
DOM Dominican Republic Dominican Republic (M, W) 1953 1958 1964 Yes
GYF French Guiana French Guiana2,3 (M, W) 1962 N/A 2013 No
GRN Grenada Grenada (M, W) 1924 1978 1969 Yes
GPE Guadeloupe Guadeloupe3 (M, W) 1958 N/A 2013 No
GUY Guyana Guyana2 (M, W) 1902 1970 1961 Yes
HAI Haiti Haiti (M, W) 1904 1934 1961 Yes
JAM Jamaica Jamaica (M, W) 1910 1962 1963 Yes
MTQ Martinique Martinique3 (M, W) 1953 N/A 2013 No
MSR Montserrat Montserrat (M, W) 1994 1996 1996 No
PUR Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (M, W) 1940 1960 1964 Yes
SKN Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis (M, W) 1932 1992 1992 Yes
LCA Saint Lucia Saint Lucia (M, W) 1979 1988 1986 Yes
MAF Collectivity of Saint Martin Saint Martin3 (M, W) 1999 N/A 2013 No
VIN Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (M, W) 1979 1988 1986 Yes
SXM Sint Maarten Sint Maarten3 (M, W) 1986 N/A 2013 No
SUR Suriname Suriname2 (M, W) 1920 1929 1961 Yes
TRI Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago (M, W) 1908 1964 1964 Yes
TCA Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Islands (M, W) 1996 1998 1996 No
VIR United States Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands (M, W) 1992 1998 1987 Yes

M = Men's National Team. W = Women's National Team
1:Inside the North American zone, but CFU member.
2:South American country or territory, but CONCACAF member.
3:Full CONCACAF member, but non-FIFA member.
N/A:not applicable,not available or no answer.

Bonaire were promoted from an association member to a full member at the XXIX Ordinary CONCACAF Congress in São Paulo on 10 June 2014.

Potential future members of CONCACAF include the Dutch territories of Saba and Sint Eustatius, the French territories of Saint Barthélemy and Saint Pierre and Miquelon, and the Danish territory of Greenland. Saint Barthélemy, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, and Greenland have functioning international teams.

Teams not affiliated to the IOC are not eligible to participate in the Summer Olympics football tournament, as a result they do not participate in the CONCACAF Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament or the CONCACAF Women's Pre-Olympic Tournament.

Membership relation[edit]

Elections at the CONCACAF Congress are mandated with a one-member, one-vote rule. The North American Football Union is the smallest association union in the region with only three members, but its nations have strong commercial and marketing support from sponsors and they are the most populous nations in the region.

The Caribbean Football Union has the ability to outvote NAFU and UNCAF with less than half of its membership. Consequently, there is a fractious relationship between members of CFU, UNCAF and NAFU.[citation needed] This provoked former Acting-President Alfredo Hawit to lobby for the CONCACAF Presidency to be rotated between the three unions in CONCACAF in 2011.

Trinidad's Jack Warner presided over CONCACAF for 21 years, and there was little that non-Caribbean nations could do to elect an alternative. Under Warner, the CFU members voted together as a unit with Warner acting as a party whip. It happened with such regularity that sports political commentators referred to the CFU votes as the "Caribbean bloc" vote.[citation needed] Warner rejected the idea in 1993 of merging several smaller nations' national teams into a Pan-Caribbean team. His reasoning was that the nations were more powerful politically when separate than when together. He commented that "being small is never a liability in this sport".[13]


The Gold Cup and the Champions League are the two most visible CONCACAF tournaments.[12]

CONCACAF Gold Cup[edit]

Main article: CONCACAF Gold Cup

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the main association football competition of the men's national football teams governed by CONCACAF, held since 1991. The Gold Cup is CONCACAF's flagship competition, and the Gold Cup generates a significant part of CONCACAF's revenue.[14]

The Gold Cup determines the regional champion of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The Gold Cup is held every two years. Twelve teams compete for the Gold Cup — three from North America, five from Central America, and four from the Caribbean. The Central American teams qualify through the Central American Cup, and the Caribbean teams qualify through the Caribbean Cup.

The winners of two successive Gold Cups (for example, the 2013 and 2015 editions) face each other in a playoff to determine the CONCACAF entrant to the next Confederations Cup. If the same team has won the Gold Cup on both relevant occasions, there will be no playoff and that team automatically qualifies for the Confederations Cup.[15]

CONCACAF Champions League[edit]

The CONCACAF Champions League, originally known as the CONCACAF Champions' Cup, is an annual continental club association football competition organised by CONCACAF since 1962 for the top football clubs in the region. It is the most prestigious international club competition in North American football. The winner of the Champions League qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup. The tournament consists of two stages. The group stage is played from August to October, and the knockout phase spans March through May.[16]

Twenty four teams compete in each Champions League — 9 from North America, 12 from Central America, and 3 teams from the Caribbean. The North American and Central American teams qualify through their national leagues or other national tournaments, while the Caribbean teams qualify through the CFU Club Championship.

The title has been won by 28 different clubs, 17 of which have won the title more than once. Mexican clubs have accumulated the highest number of victories, with 30 titles. The second most successful league has been Costa Rica's Primera División with six titles in total. Reigning champions Mexican side Cruz Azul is the most successful club with six titles.

Other competitions[edit]

Current Champions[edit]

Competitions Champion Title Runner-Up Next Edition
CONCACAF Gold Cup United States United States 5th Panama Panama 2015
CONCACAF Champions League Mexico Cruz Azul 6th Mexico Toluca 2014-15
CONCACAF U-20 Championship  Mexico 12th  United States 2015
CONCACAF U-17 Championship  Mexico 5th  Panama 2015
CONCACAF U-15 Championship  Honduras 1st  Guatemala 2015
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup  Canada 2nd  Mexico 2014
CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship  United States 4th  Mexico 2016
CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship Mexico Mexico 1st Canada Canada 2015
CONCACAF Girls U-15 Championship Canada Canada 1st Haiti Haiti 2014
CONCACAF Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament  Mexico 6th  Honduras 2016
CONCACAF Women's Pre-Olympic Tournament  United States 3rd  Canada 2016
CONCACAF Futsal Championship  Costa Rica 1st  Guatemala 2016
CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship  United States 3rd  El Salvador 2015

Defunct Competitions[edit]

CONMEBOL tournaments with CONCACAF competitors[edit]

National teams


Rankings - national teams[edit]

Costa Rica national football team United States men's national football team Mexico national football team United States men's national football team Mexico national football team United States men's national football team Mexico national football team United States men's national football team Mexico national football team United States men's national football team Mexico national football team United States men's national football team Mexico national football team United States men's national football team Mexico national football team United States men's national football team Mexico national football team

  • Last updates:
    • Men's national teams: 23 October 2014
    • Women's national teams: 19 September 2014
Top men's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
____ Top women's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
CCF FIFA Nation Points CCF FIFA Nation Points
1 16  Costa Rica 974 1 1  United States 2185
2 17  Mexico 954 2 8  Canada 1970
3 23  United States 862 3 25  Mexico 1760
4 49  Trinidad and Tobago 598 4 40  Costa Rica 1566
5 56  Panama 546 5 46  Trinidad and Tobago 1505
6 69  Honduras 480 6 60  Haiti 1393
7 70  Antigua and Barbuda 478 7 67  Panama 1363
8 72  Guatemala 466 8 71  Jamaica 1354
9 80  Dominican Republic 405 9 79  Guatemala 1313
10 82  El Salvador 392 10 92  Dominican Republic 1219
11 93  Haiti 360 11 94  Cuba 1206
12 105  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 302 12 98  El Salvador 1184
13 112  Cuba 286 13 102  Honduras 1152
14 113  Jamaica 284 13 102  Suriname 1152
15 115  Saint Kitts and Nevis 279 15 107  Puerto Rico 1108
16 122  Canada 251 16 108  Nicaragua 1106
17 132  Aruba 218 17 114  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1000
18 138  Saint Lucia 197 18 115  Saint Lucia 991
19 145  Grenada 176 19 118  Saint Kitts and Nevis 956
20 146  Barbados 172 20 120  Bermuda 943
21 147  Curaçao 171 21 126  Cayman Islands 849
22 149  Suriname 167 22 129  Belize 825
23 152  Guyana 148 23 130  Antigua and Barbuda 767
24 159  Puerto Rico 119 24 131  Aruba 758
25 167  Belize 99 25 133**  Guyana 1256
26 168  Nicaragua 90 26 133**  Grenada 1029
27 170  Montserrat 86 27 133**  Dominica 906
28 172  Bermuda 80 28 133**  Curaçao 831
29 177  Turks and Caicos Islands 66 29 133*  Barbados 997
30 180  Dominica 53 30 133*  British Virgin Islands 867
31 194  Bahamas 26 31 133*  U.S. Virgin Islands 997
32 197  U.S. Virgin Islands 20 32 133*  Turks and Caicos Islands 764
33 201  Cayman Islands 10
34 203  British Virgin Islands 8
35 207  Anguilla 2
  • For a complete list of national rankings see the FIFA Rankings website.
  • *Provisionally listed due to not having played more than 5 matches against officially ranked teams.
  • **Inactive for more than 18 months and therefore are not officially ranked

Rankings - clubs[edit]

Football Database Rankings
CCF FbDb Club Points
1 151 Mexico América 1577
2 121 Mexico Toluca 1563
3 209 Costa Rica C.S. Herediano 1547
4 189 Mexico Tigres 1544
5 111 Mexico Cruz Azul 1536
6 114 Mexico León 1534
7 239 Costa Rica L.D. Alajuelense 1533
8 178 Mexico Monterrey 1508
9 187 Mexico Santos Laguna 1506
10 262 Guatemala CSD Comunicaciones 1504
11 198 Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa 1501
12 260 Mexico Tijuana 1492
13 406 Mexico Jaguares 1490
14 369 United States D.C. United 1458
15 404 United States Seattle Sounders 1448
17 409 United States L.A. Galaxy 1447
18 410 Mexico Pachuca 1446
19 424 Honduras Olimpia 1441
20 426 United States Sporting Kansas City 1441

Last updated: 30 November 2014

IFFHS Rankings
CCF IFFHS Club Points
1 64 Mexico Toluca 150
2 77 Mexico León 144
3 84 Mexico Santos Laguna 141
4 90 Mexico Cruz Azul 136.5
5 120 Costa Rica L.D. Alajuelense 120
6 166 Mexico Tijuana 100.5
7 183 Guatemala CSD Comunicaciones 94
8 188 Mexico América 93

Last updated: 31 May 2014 [1]

Financial irregularities[edit]

At the CONCACAF Congress in May 2012 in Budapest, Hungary, legal counsel John P. Collins informed the members of CONCACAF of several financial irregularities. Collins revealed that Jack Warner, the former CONCACAF President, had registered the $22 million 'Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence' development in Port-of-Spain under the name of two companies that Warner owned.[17] In addition, Warner had secured a mortgage against the asset in 2007 which the CONCACAF members were also unaware of; the mortgage was co-signed by Lisle Austin, a former vice-president of CONCACAF.[17] The loan defaulted.

Collins also revealed that CONCACAF, despite most of its income coming from the United States, had not paid any tax to the Internal Revenue Service since at least 2007 and had never filed a return in the United States.[18] Although CONCACAF is a registered non-profit organisation in the Bahamas and headquartered in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, they have an administration office in New York, and BDO and CONCACAF invited the IRS to investigate potential liabilities. It is thought that CONCACAF may have to pay up to $2 million plus penalties.[citation needed]

Chuck Blazer stated that a full financial audit into CONCACAF by New-York based consultancy BDO was delayed due to the actions of Jack Warner and his personal accountant, and the accounts could not be "signed off" as a consequence.[18]

In addition, Blazer is to sue CONCACAF for unpaid commission of sponsorship and marketing deals which he had made in 2010 during his time as General Secretary.[17] Blazer received a 10% commission on any deal that he made on behalf of CONCACAF.[19]

The Bermuda FA asked members of CONCACAF to lobby FIFA to remove Blazer from his position on the FIFA Executive Committee. Blazer suggested that it was less to do with financial irregularities and more for his role in the removal of Jack Warner in the Caribbean Football Union corruption scandal: "I spent 21 years building the confederation and its competitions and its revenues and I'm the one responsible for its good levels of income . . . I think this is a reflection of those who were angry at me having caused the action against Warner. This is also a reaction by people who have their own agenda."[19]

Jack Warner presided over CONCACAF for 21 years. Warner was one of the most controversial figures in world football. Warner was suspended as president on 30 May 2011 due to his temporary suspension from football related activity by FIFA following corruption allegations.[5] A power struggle developed at CONCACAF following the allegations against Warner. The allegations against Warner were reported to the FIFA ethics committee by Chuck Blazer, the secretary general of CONCACAF. The acting president of CONCACAF, Lisle Austin, sent Blazer a letter saying he was "terminated as general secretary with immediate effect".[20] Austin described Blazer's actions as "inexcusable and a gross misconduct of duty and judgement" and said the American was no longer fit to hold the post.[21] The executive committee of CONCACAF later issued a statement saying that Austin did not have the authority to fire Blazer, and the decision was unauthorized.[20] On 20 June 2011, Jack Warner resigned from the presidency of CONCACAF, all posts with FIFA, and removed himself from all participation in football, in the wake of the corruption investigation resulting from the 10 May 2011 meeting of the Caribbean Football Union.[7] The vice-president of CONCACAF, Alfredo Hawit, acted as president until May 2012.[8]

Hall of fame[edit]


World Cup participation[edit]

  •  1st  – Champion
  •  2nd  – Runner-up
  •  3rd  – Third place[23]
  •  4th  – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R16 – Round of 16 (since 1986: knockout round of 16)
  • GS – Group stage (in the 1950, 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages, this refers to the first group stage)
  • 1S – First knockout stage (1934–1938 Single-elimination tournament)
  •    — Did not qualify
  •     — Did not enter / withdrew / banned
  •     — Hosts

World Cup results[edit]

Only ten CONCACAF members have ever reached the FIFA World Cup since its inception in 1930, five of them accomplishing the feat only once. No team from the region has ever reached the final at the World Cup, but the United States has reached the semifinal in a FIFA World Cup in the first edition in 1930, where they were awarded third place, and they also reached the quarterfinal round in 2002. Mexico and Cuba have also reached the quarterfinal round. Cuba advanced to the quarterfinals in their only appearance, the 1938 FIFA World Cup. Mexico did so both times they hosted the World Cup, 1970 and 1986.

Costa Rica has been the third most successful team in the men's game. In four World Cup appearances they reached the knockout stage out of a group in 1990 with euro champions Sweden, and eventual champions Brazil. In 2002 in a "group of death" with eventual third place finishers Turkey, Asian champions China, and eventual champions Brazil, the Central Americans missed out on a place in the knockout stage on goal differential. In Germany 2006 Costa Rica finished 31 out of 32 teams, but Brazil 2014 set new highs for Costa Rica´s national football team, reaching quarterfinals for the first time and ending unbeatable after the tournament (two victories and 3 draws) Cuba reached the quarterfinals in 1938, and Jamaica is the smallest country to win a World Cup match.

The following table shows the CONCACAF representatives at each edition of the World Cup, sorted by number of appearances:

Team Uruguay
United States
South KoreaJapan
South Africa
Total inclusive
WC Qual.
 Mexico GS GS GS GS GS GS QF GS QF R16 R16 R16 R16 R16 R16 15 17
 United States 3rd 1S GS GS R16 GS QF GS R16 R16 10 18
 Costa Rica R16 GS GS QF 4 14
 Honduras GS GS GS 3 12
 El Salvador GS GS 2 11
 Cuba QF 1 11
 Haiti GS 1 12
 Canada GS 1 12
 Jamaica GS 1 10
 Trinidad and Tobago GS 1 12
Total 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 3 4 39

World Cup hosting[edit]

CONCACAF nations have hosted the FIFA World Cup three times.

The 1970 FIFA World Cup took place in Mexico, the first World Cup tournament to be staged in North America, and the first held outside Europe and South America. Mexico was chosen as the host nation in 1964 by FIFA's congress ahead of the only other submitted bid from Argentina.[24] The tournament was won by Brazil. The victorious team led by Carlos Alberto, and featuring players such as Pelé, Gérson, Jairzinho, Rivelino, and Tostão, is often cited as the greatest-ever World Cup team.[25][26][27][28] They achieved a perfect record of wins in all six games in the finals.[29] Despite the issues of altitude and high temperature, the finals produced attacking football which created an average goals per game record not since bettered by any subsequent World Cup Finals.[30][31][32] The 1970 Finals attracted a new record television audience for the FIFA World Cup[33] and, for the first time, in colour.[34][35]

In 1986, Mexico became the first country to host the FIFA World Cup twice when it stepped in to stage the 1986 FIFA World Cup after the original host selection, Colombia, suffered financial problems.[24] Colombia was originally chosen as hosts by FIFA in June 1974. However, the Colombian authorities eventually declared in November 1982 that they could not afford to host the World Cup because of economic concerns. Mexico was selected on 20 May 1983 as the replacement hosts, beating the bids of Canada and the United States, and thereby became the first nation to host two World Cups. This second World Cup in Mexico came 16 years after the first one in 1970.

The United States won the right to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup, defeating bids from Brazil and Morocco.[36] The vote was held in Zurich on July 4, 1988, and only took one round with the United States bid receiving a little over half of the votes by the Exco members.[36] FIFA hoped that by staging the world's most prestigious football tournament there, it would lead to a growth of interest in the sport - one condition FIFA imposed was the creation of a professional football league; Major League Soccer, starting in 1996. The U.S. staged a hugely successful tournament, with average attendance of nearly 69,000 breaking a record that surpassed the 1966 FIFA World Cup average attendance of 51,000 thanks to the large seating capacities the American stadiums provided for the spectators in comparison to the smaller venues of Europe and Latin America. To this day, the total attendance for the final tournament of nearly 3.6 million remains the highest in World Cup history, despite the expansion of the competition to 32 teams at the 1998 World Cup.[37][38]

CONCACAF is considered a favorite to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, given that Europe will host in 2018, Asia in 2022, and South America is pushing for the 2030 centenary bid.[39] Canada is the only country bidding for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.[40]

Women's World Cup results[edit]

The following table shows the CONCACAF representatives at each edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, sorted by number of appearances.

Team China
United States
United States
2019 Total inclusive
WC Qual.
 United States 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd Q 7 7
 Canada GS GS 4th GS GS Q 6 7
 Mexico GS GS Q 3 7
 Costa Rica Q 1 7
Total 1 2 3 2 2 3 1 14

Other international tournaments[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Team 1992
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
South Africa
 Canada × GS 1
 Mexico 3rd GS 1st GS 4th GS 6
 United States 3rd 3rd GS 2nd 4
Total 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1

Copa America[edit]

Mexico has finished runners up twice and 3rd place three times at the Copa America making El Tri the most successful non-conmebol nation. The US national team and Honduras have reached the semifinal stage once in the South American tournament, while Costa Rica has reached the quarter finals twice.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Spanish: Confederación de Fútbol de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe, pronounced: [komfeðeɾaˈsjon de ˈfuðβol de ˈnorte ˈsentɾoaˈmeɾika j el kaˈɾiβe]; French: Confédération de football d'Amérique du Nord, d'Amérique centrale et des Caraïbes, pronounced: [kɔ̃fedeʁasjɔ̃ də futbɔl dameʁik dy nɔʁ dameʁik sɑ̃tʁal e dɛ kaʁaib]; Portuguese: Confederação de Futebol da América do Norte, Central e Caribe. Dutch uses the English name.
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