2012 Caribbean Cup
|Host country||Antigua and Barbuda|
|Teams||8 (from 1 sub-confederation)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Cuba (1st title)|
|Runners-up||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Goals scored||29 (1.81 per match)|
|Attendance||6,350 (397 per match)|
The 2012 Caribbean Cup was the 17th edition of the Caribbean Cup, an international football competition for national teams of member nations affiliated with the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) of the CONCACAF region. The final stage was hosted by Antigua and Barbuda. The tournament determined the four Caribbean teams that qualified for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The first and second rounds were scheduled for August and September, and October respectively. The draw for the qualifying round was made in March 2012.
The following teams qualified:
- Antigua and Barbuda (Automatic qualification as host)
- Jamaica (Automatic qualification as holders)
- Haiti (Qualification as Group 6 winners)
- French Guiana (Qualification as Group 6 runners-up)
- Dominican Republic (Qualification as Group 7 winners)
- Martinique (Qualification as Group 7 runners-up)
- Trinidad and Tobago (Qualification as Group 8 winners)
- Cuba (Qualification as Group 8 runners-up)
This is the first international tournament organised by the CFU since the corruption scandal. Prior to hosting the tournament, Paul "Chet" Greene, a former General Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association raised concerns that Antigua's FA may not be able to afford to host the tournament and suggested that it would require state aid. It was the incumbent ABFA General Secretary Derrick Gordon that went on to become the President of the Caribbean Football Union and ultimately select the host nation. Greene stated, "Antigua [are] not necessarily in a position to give as [much] they normally would, I think government becomes the only option at this stage and a call for larger than usual attendances to allow the association to pay the bills." Greene also said that in the event of a grant from the CFU (via CONCACAF), the association would "still have a chunk of expenses to bear."
ABFA President Everton Gonsalves responded, "the value to football is not something that can be valued in dollars." CFU President Gordon Derrick stated that "Football is an expensive venture in all aspects; development comes at a cost so monies have to be spent." At the 2013 CFU Congress, Derrick Gordon stated that they could not come to an agreement with usual sponsors Digicel as they "couldn't agree on a deal in time for the Caribbean Cup, as Digicel's budget year had closed."
Two venues have been chosen to host the tournament.
|St. Johns||North Sound|
|Antigua Recreation Ground||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium|
|Capacity: 12,000||Capacity: 10,000|
Teams were allocated to this stage based on a fixed draw. The draw was decided thus:
The result of the draw was amended on 19 November, the Group 7 runner-up was transferred to Group B and the Group 7 winner was transferred to Group A. As a result of the amendment Group A contains three qualifying group winners and the host, whilst Group B contains three qualifying group runners-up and the previous edition competition winner. Martinique, the team transferred to Group B containing no qualifying group-winners, is the only association in the competition with a CFU Executive Committee member (Maurice Victoire) besides hosts Antigua and Barbuda (Gordon Derrick).
The complete schedule for finals was released on 20 November.
- Greater number of points in matches between the tied teams.
- Greater goal difference in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
- Greater number of goals scored in matches among the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
- Greater goal difference in all group matches.
- Greater number of goals scored in all group matches.
- Drawing of lots.
All times local (UTC−4)
|Trinidad and Tobago||3||1||1||1||2||3||−1||4|
|Antigua and Barbuda||3||1||0||2||3||3||0||3|
|Haiti||0–0||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Antigua and Barbuda||1–2||Dominican Republic|
|Byers 17'||Report||García 74'|
|Rodríguez 12'||Report||Saint-Preux 10'|
|Antigua and Barbuda||2–0||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Trinidad and Tobago||2–1||Dominican Republic|
|Antigua and Barbuda||0–1||Haiti|
|Stewart 22'||Report||Pigrée 19'|
|Martínez 74', 76'||Report||Pigrée 16'|
|Darcheville 80'||Report||Piquionne 10'|
All teams that reach this phase qualified for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
|Trinidad and Tobago||0|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1 (5)||Martinique||0|
|Martinique||1–1 (a.e.t.)||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Parsemain 75'||Report||Roy 90'|
Third place play-off
|Cuba||1–0 (a.e.t.)||Trinidad and Tobago|
| 2012 Caribbean Cup|
- CFU released a statement on 14 December stating that the venue and kick-off time for the third place playoff and final had changed. They were originally scheduled to be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
The winner received US $120k, the runner-up received US $85k, the third-place team received US $70k and the fourth-placed team received US $50K.
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
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