|Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football|
|Headquarters||Miami, United States|
|Membership||40 member associations|
|Secretary General||Enrique Sanz|
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Spanish: Confederación de Fútbol de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe; French: Confédération de football d'Amérique du Nord, d'Amérique centrale et des Caraïbes), commonly known as CONCACAF (pron.: // 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.
CONCACAF was founded in its current form on 18 September 1961 in Mexico City, Mexico by the fusion of the NAFC and the CCCF, and it became one of the six continental confederations affiliated with FIFA. Its primary administrative functions are to organize competitions for national teams and clubs, and to conduct World Cup qualifying tournaments. Men's football in the region has been dominated by Mexico, and in recent years United States has improved rapidly. Both have won all but one of the editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The 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 (twice), the Olympics (four times), and the Algarve Cup (eight times).
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 also 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. 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". 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. 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. 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. The vice-president of CONCACAF, Alfredo Hawit, acted as president until May 2012.
In May 2012, Cayman Islands banker Jeffrey Webb was installed as President of CONCACAF.
Corporate Structure 
The headquarters of the CONCACAF (referred to as the office of the president) are currently located in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad - the home city of former CONCACAF president Jack Warner. However, it is expected the headquarters will be relocated to George Town, Cayman Islands where the newly installed president Jeffrey Webb resides.
The administration office of CONCACAF (referred to as the primary office) is located in Manhattan, New York - the home town of Chuck Blazer, the former general secretary. Honduran Alfredo Hawit, acting president between 2011 and 2012 stated that CONCACAF will relocate to Miami in late 2012 as it is more accessible to the Central American and Caribbean nations.
In July 2012, Webb appointed Miami-based Enrique Sanz as the CONCACAF General Secretary paving the way for CONCACAF to relocate as the CONCACAF constitution requires the headquarters to be sited in the same city as the General Secretary.
Member nations 
M = Men's National Team
W = Women's National Team
|National association||National team||Formation year||FIFA affiliation year||CONCACAF affiliation year||IOC member|
|North American Zone (NAFU)|
|United States||(M, W)||1913||1914||1961||Yes|
|Central American Zone (UNCAF)|
|Costa Rica||(M, W)||1921||1927||1962||Yes|
|El Salvador||(M, W)||1935||1938||1962||Yes|
|Caribbean Zone (CFU)|
|Antigua and Barbuda||(M, W)||1928||1972||1972||Yes|
|British Virgin Islands||(M, W)||1974||1996||1996||Yes|
|Cayman Islands||(M, W)||1966||1992||1992||Yes|
|Dominican Republic||(M, W)||1953||1958||1964||Yes|
|French Guiana2,3||(M, W)||1962||1964||No|
|Puerto Rico||(M, W)||1940||1960||1961||Yes|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||(M, W)||1932||1992||1990||Yes|
|Saint Lucia||(M, W)||1979||1988||1965||Yes|
|Saint Martin3||(M, W)||1999||2000||No|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||(M, W)||1979||1988||1988||Yes|
|Sint Maarten3||(M, W)||1986||1998||No|
|Trinidad and Tobago||(M, W)||1908||1964||1962||Yes|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||(M, W)||1996||1998||1996||No|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||(M, W)||1992||1998||1997||Yes|
1:Inside the North American zone, but CFU member.
2:South American country, but CONCACAF member.
3:Full CONCACAF member, but non-FIFA member.
4:Associate CONCACAF member, but non-FIFA member.
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.
Regional unions 
- Central American Cup – Central America, top 5 qualify for the Gold Cup.
- Caribbean Cup – Caribbean, top 4 qualify for the Gold Cup.
Beach Soccer 
- NAFC Championship (1947,1949).
- CCCF Championship (1941–1961).
- CONCACAF Championship (1963–1989).
- CFU Championship (1978–1985).
- North American Nations Cup (1990,1991).
Regional unions 
- CFU Club Championship – Caribbean, top 3 qualify for the Champions League.
- Interamerican Cup
- CONCACAF Champions' Cup
- CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup
- CONCACAF Giants Cup
- SuperLiga – North America regional championship
- Copa Interclubes UNCAF – Central America regional championship
CONMEBOL tournaments with CONCACAF competitors 
National teams 
World Cup Participation and Results 
- 1st – Champion
- 2nd – Runner-up
- 3rd – Third Place
- 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 Qualifiers 
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.
The following table shows the CONCACAF representatives at each edition of the World Cup, sorted by number of appearances:
|Trinidad and Tobago||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||•||GS||•||•||1||12|
Women's World Cup Qualifiers 
The following table shows the CONCACAF representatives at each edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, sorted by number of appearances.
FIFA Confederations Cup 
- 1st – Champions
- 2nd – Runners-up
- 3rd – Third place
- 4th – Fourth place
- GS – Group stage
- Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
- — Qualified but withdrew
- — Did not qualify
- — Did not enter / Withdrew from the Gold Cup or withdrew from the Confederations Cup / Banned
- — Hosts
- Last updates:
- Men's national teams: 11 April 2013
- Women's national teams: 17 August 2012
- Clubs: 1 May 2012
|Top men's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
|Top women's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
Rankings are calculated by the IFFHS based
on matches played over the last year.
|2||28||United States||779||2||7||Canada||2006||1||44||Santos Laguna||169.5|
|4||47||Costa Rica||606||4||40||Costa Rica||1568||3||84||Cruz Azul||127.5|
|5||52||Honduras||581||5||48||Trinidad and Tobago||1500||5||108||Seattle Sounders||116.5|
|8||79||Canada||457||8||88||Dominican Republic||1226||8||156||Sport Herediano||97.5|
|9||81||Trinidad and Tobago||446||9||91||Cuba||1201||9||163||UANL||94.5|
|10||84||El Salvador||440||10||97||El Salvador||1181||10||180||Toronto FC||90.5|
|11||86||Cuba||433||11||100||Suriname||1159||11||191||Los Angeles Galaxy||88.5|
|15||118||Antigua and Barbuda||288||15||122||Dominica||906||15||232||Guadalajara||76.5|
|16||121||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||271||16||126||Antigua and Barbuda||757||16||300||Municipal||72.0|
|17||125||Puerto Rico||257||17||335||Pachuca CF||67.5|
|20||136||Saint Kitts and Nevis||218||20||371||Tauro FC||64.0|
|31||193||U.S. Virgin Islands||39|
|32||195||British Virgin Islands||34|
|35||207||Turks and Caicos Islands||0|
Titles by national team 
North America 
- Winners (1): 1990
- Gold Medal (1): 1904
- Winners (1): 2011
- Bronze Medal (1): 2012
- FIFA U-20 World Cup: Runner-ups
- Third Place (1): 1930
- Runners-Up (1): 1991
- Gold Medal (1): 1991
- International Honors
- Algarve Cup: 8
- Regional Honors
- Gold Medal (1): 1999
- International Honors
Central America 
- Winners (6): 1991 Champions, 1997 Champions, 1999 Champions, 2003 Champions, 2005 Champions, 2007 Champions
- World Cup qualification First place (2): 1990,2002:
- Winners (7): 1941, 1946, 1948, 1953, 1955, 1960, 1961
- Winners (1): 2001 Champions
- Winners (1): 2009 Champions
- Winners (1): 1973 Champions
Financial Irregularities 
At the 2012 CONCACAF Congress which took place during May in Budapest, legal counsel John P. Collins told 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.
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. 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. Although CONCACAF is a registered non-profit-organisation in the Bahamas and head quartered 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 $2million plus penalties.
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.
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. Blazer received a 10% commission on any deal that he made on behalf of CONCACAF.
The Bermuda FA asked members of CONCACAF to lobby FIFA to remove Blazer from his position on the FIFA Executive board. 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'm perfectly satisfied that I did an excellent job. 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. I now have to consider what my options are but to say the least I am very disappointed."
Membership relation 
There is a fractious relationship between members of CFU, UNCAF and NAFU . The elections at the CONCACAF Congress are mandated with a one-member, one-vote rule. The North American Football Union are the smallest association union in the region 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 have the ability to outvote NAFU and UNCAF with less than half of their membership. This provoked former Acting-President Alfredo Hawit to lobby for the CONCACAF Presidency to be rotated between the three unions in CONCACAF in 2011. For 21 years, Warner had presided over CONCACAF and there was little that non-Caribbean nations could do to elect an alternative.
Under Trinidadian Jack Warner, the CFU members would vote together as a unit and Warner would act as a party whip. It happened with such regularity that sports political commentators would refer to the CFU votes as the 'Caribbean bloc' vote.
In 1993 Warner had rejected the idea 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".
Hall of fame 
See also 
Regional Unions 
Former Confederations 
Related articles 
- IFFHS Central and North America's best clubs of the 20th century
- List of CONCACAF competitions
- Timeline of football
- List of Presidents of CONCACAF
- Spanish pronunciation: [komfeðeɾaˈθjon de ˈfuðβol de ˈnorte ˈθentɾoaˈmeɾika j el kaˈɾiβe], locally: [komfeðeɾaˈsjon de ˈfutβol de ˈnorte ˈsentɾoaˈmeɾika j el kaˈɾiβe].
- French pronunciation: [kɔ̃fedeʁasjɔ̃ də futbɔl dameʁik dy nɔʁ dameʁik sɑ̃tʁal e dɛ kaʁaib].
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