CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup

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The CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup was a football competition sponsored by CONCACAF that sometimes served as the qualifying competition to the Women's World Cup. It was held as a stand-alone tournament in 2000 and as a qualification tournament in 2002 and 2006. After the 2010 edition, the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup was replaced by the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifier. 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.

History[edit]

Inaugural Years[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.[1] The U.S. won. The 2002 Women's Gold Cup, held in Canada, was restricted to qualifying CONCACAF teams.

2002[edit]

See main article: 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup

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]

See main article: 2006 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup

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).[2]

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
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
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

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

Performance by country[edit]

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

Other CONCACAF championships[edit]

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd Place Score 4th Place
1993
Details
USA
United States
round robin
New Zealand

Canada
round robin
Trinidad and Tobago
2000
Details
USA
United States
1 – 0
Brazil

China PR
2 – 1
Canada

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ussoccerplayers.com/resource_center/womens_soccer/446128.html
  2. ^ The Official Site of U.S. Soccer – Women's National Team

External links[edit]