Central American Football Union

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Central American Football Union
Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol
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AbbreviationUNCAF
Formation1990 [1]
TypeSports organization
Membership
7 member associations
Rafael Tinoco
Website Official website
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The members of UNCAF (orange), with all members of CONCACAF (camel).

The Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol (Central American Football Union), more commonly known by the acronym UNCAF, represents the national football teams of Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Its member associations are part of CONCACAF.

Central America central geographic region of the Americas

Central America is located on the southern tip of North America, or is sometimes defined as a subcontinent of the Americas, bordered by Mexico to the north, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south. Central America consists of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. The combined population of Central America has been estimated to be 41,739,000 and 42,688,190.

Belize national football team mens national association football team representing Belize

The Belize national football team is governed by the Football Federation of Belize, and is affiliated with the Central American Football Union of CONCACAF.

Costa Rica national football team mens national association football team representing Costa Rica

The Costa Rica national football team is administered by the Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDEFUTBOL), the governing body for football in Costa Rica. They have been a member of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) since 1927, a member of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) since 1961, and a member of the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) since 1990.

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Overview

The UNCAF organize various competitions, the Central American Cup is played every two years, starting in 1991, and usually feature the seven national teams. Costa Rica is the most successful team, winning the tournament eight times (1991, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, and 2014). Honduras have won the tournament four times (1993, 1995, 2011, and 2017). Guatemala won the tournament in 2001, and Panama won it in 2009. This tournament usually runs as a qualification round for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Honduras republic in Central America

Honduras, officially the Republic of Honduras, is a country in Central America. In the past, it was sometimes referred to as "Spanish Honduras" to differentiate it from British Honduras, which later became modern-day Belize. The republic of Honduras is bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the southwest by El Salvador, to the southeast by Nicaragua, to the south by the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras, a large inlet of the Caribbean Sea.

Guatemala republic in Central America

Guatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala, is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, Belize and the Caribbean to the northeast, Honduras to the east, El Salvador to the southeast and the Pacific Ocean to the south. With an estimated population of around 16.6 million, it is the most populated country in Central America. Guatemala is a representative democracy; its capital and largest city is Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción, also known as Guatemala City.

Panama Republic in Central America

Panama, officially the Republic of Panama, is a country in Central America, bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Panama City, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly half the country's 4 million people.

The UNCAF also ran the Copa Interclubes UNCAF, a competition for the champions and runners-up of the domestic leagues of the UNCAF members; C.D. Motagua (Honduras) was the last champion (2007). Similarly to the Central American Cup, this competition qualified three teams to the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. As it expanded into the CONCACAF Champions League in 2008, all of the Central American nations have at least one team and the Copa Interclubes UNCAF was disbanded.

Competitions

National teams

Copa Centroamericana

The Copa Centroamericana is the main association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol (UNCAF), the sport's Central American governing body. Held every two years since 1991, in the years before and after the FIFA World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the UNCAF Nations Cup, changing to the current name in 2011.

CONCACAF Gold Cup The main association football competition of the mens national football teams governed by CONCACAF

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the main association football competition of the men's national football teams governed by CONCACAF, determining the continental champion of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The Gold Cup is held every two years.

Club teams

The UNCAF Women's Interclub Championship is Central America's women's club football championship organized by UNCAF.

2016 UNCAF Womens Interclub Championship

The 2016 UNCAF Women's Interclub Championship was the first edition of the UNCAF Women's Interclub Championship, Central America's women's club football championship organized by UNCAF. The tournament was played in San José, Costa Rica between 24 and 29 May 2016.

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National teams appearances in international tournaments

National team World Cup Women's World Cup Gold Cup Women's Gold Cup
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica 51112
Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras 30110
Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador 2080
Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala 0091
Flag of Panama.svg Panama 1082
Flag of Belize.svg Belize 0010
Flag of Nicaragua.svg Nicaragua 0020

Title holders

UNCAF runs several competitions which cover men's, women's, youth and futsal.

Futsal Ballgame-team sport, variant of association football

Futsal is a variant of association football played on a hard court, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. It can be considered a version of five-a-side football.

CompetitionHoldersCurrent event
Copa Centroamericana Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 2017
UNCAF U-23 Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 2015
UNCAF U-20 Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 2018
UNCAF U-17 Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 2016
UNCAF U-16 Tournament Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 2018
UNCAF Futsal Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 2016
UNCAF Beach Soccer Central American Cup Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador 2018
UNCAF Interclub Cup Flag of Honduras.svg Motagua 2007
UNCAF U-17 Interclub Cup TBD 2018
Copa Centroamericana Women's Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 2018
UNCAF Women's U-20 Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica,Flag of Nicaragua.svg  Nicaragua 2017
UNCAF Women's U-17 Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 2017
UNCAF Women's Interclub Championship Flag of Guatemala.svg Unifut 2018

See also

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References

  1. "Digicel and the Central American Union of Football (UNCAF) launch the Copa de Naciones Digicel 2009". Digicel Football. 11 December 2008. Archived from the original on 8 April 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013.