CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup

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The CONCACAF Women's Championship, in some years called the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup or the CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying, is a football competition organised by CONCACAF that sometimes served as the qualifying competition to the Women's World Cup. CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) is the governing body for football for North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The most successful country has been the United States, winning their seventh title in 2014.[1]

History[edit]

2000 Gold Cup[edit]

The first Women's Gold Cup Qualifying Tournament (qualifying for the Women's World Cup) was hosted by the U.S. in 2000. Six member women's national teams participated: Canada, the U.S., Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, as well as two invited teams, Brazil and China.[2] The U.S. won. The 2002 Women's Gold Cup, held in Canada, was restricted to qualifying CONCACAF teams.

2002[edit]

Played in four venues and two countries over 14 days by eight teams, the 2002 Women's Gold Cup guaranteed two World Cup slots and one playoff spot to winners. After 16 games, played as 8 doubleheaders, the U.S.A. beat Canada in overtime. Mia Hamm scored the golden goal, taking the U.S. to their second Women's Gold Cup title. The U.S. had a 9–0–1 Gold Cup record, including 48 goals for and two goals against, both scored by Charmaine Hooper of Canada.

2006[edit]

The 2006 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup was held in the United States, with games being hosted at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California and Tropical Park Stadium in Miami, Florida. This 2007 World Cup qualifying tournament featured six teams in single-elimination, with the top two teams qualifying directly for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China. Additionally, the third-place finisher played a two-legged home-and-away playoff against Japan (the fourth-place finisher from the Asian Confederation).[3]

Tournaments[edit]

CONCACAF's Women's World Cup Qualifiers[edit]

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd Place Score 4th Place
1991
Details
 Haiti
United States
5–0
Canada

Trinidad and Tobago
4–2
Haiti
1993
Details
 United States
United States
round robin
New Zealand

Canada
round robin
Trinidad and Tobago
1994
Details
 Canada
United States
round robin
Canada

Mexico
round robin
Trinidad and Tobago
1998*
Details
 Canada
Canada
1–0
Mexico

Costa Rica
4–0
Guatemala
2000
Details
 United States
United States
1 – 0
Brazil

China PR
2 – 1
Canada
2002
Details
 United States/ Canada
United States
2–1 gg.
Canada

Mexico
4–1
Costa Rica
2006
Details
 United States
United States
2–1 (a.e.t.)
Canada

Mexico
3–0
Jamaica
2010
Details
 Mexico
Canada
1–0
Mexico

United States
3–0
Costa Rica
2014*
Details
 United States
United States
6–0
Costa Rica

Mexico
4–2 (a.e.t.)
Trinidad and Tobago

* USA did not participate, as it qualified directly for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup as the host.
* Canada did not participate, as it qualified directly for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup as the host.

Performance by country[edit]

Only CONCACAF members listed.

Team Titles Runners-up Third-place Fourth Place
 United States 7 (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014) - 1 (2010) -
 Canada 2 (1998, 2010) 4 (1991, 1994, 2002, 2006) 1 (1993) 1 (2000)
 Mexico - 2 (1998, 2010) 4 (1994, 2002, 2006, 2014) -
 Costa Rica - 1 (2014) 1 (1998) 2 (2002, 2010)
 Trinidad and Tobago - - 1 (1991) 3 (1993, 1994, 2014)
 Haiti - - - 1 (1991)
 Guatemala - - - 1 (1998)
 Jamaica - - - 1 (2006)

Participating nations[edit]

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • GS – Group stage
  • q – Qualified
  •     — Hosts
Team Haiti
1991
United States
1993
Canada
1994
Canada
1998
United States
2000
Canada
United States
2002
United States
2006
Mexico
2010
United States
2014
Total
 Brazil 2nd 1
 Canada 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 4th 2nd 2nd 1st 8
 China PR 3rd 1
 Costa Rica GS 3rd GS 4th 4th 2nd 6
 Guatemala 4th GS GS GS 4
 Guyana GS 1
 Haiti 4th GS GS GS GS 5
 Jamaica GS 5th GS 4th GS 5
 Martinique GS GS GS 1
 Mexico GS 3rd 2nd GS 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd 8
 New Zealand 2nd 1
 Panama GS GS 2
 Puerto Rico GS 1
 Trinidad and Tobago 3rd 4th 4th GS GS GS GS GS 4th 9
 United States 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 8

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