2017 Copa Centroamericana

The 2017 Copa Centroamericana (English: 2017 Central American Cup) was the 14th and last edition of the Copa Centroamericana, the biennial international men's football championship of the Central American region organized by the Central American Football Union (UNCAF).[1] The tournament was hosted in Panama between 13–22 January 2017.[2]

2017 Copa Centroamericana
Central American Cup 2017
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Tournament details
Host country Panama
Dates13–22 January 2017
Teams6 (from 1 sub-confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Honduras (4th title)
Runners-up Panama
Third place El Salvador
Fourth place Costa Rica
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored27 (1.8 per match)
Top scorer(s)Honduras Eddie Hernández (3 goals)
Best player(s)Honduras Jorge Claros
Best young playerEl Salvador Roberto Domínguez
Best goalkeeperPanama José Calderón
Fair play award Costa Rica
2014

The top four teams qualified for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, while the fifth-placed team advanced to a play-off against the fifth-placed team from the 2017 Caribbean Cup for the final Gold Cup berth.

The tournament was played in round-robin format as a result of Guatemala not being able to participate due to FIFA's suspension of the National Football Federation of Guatemala.[3]

EntrantsEdit

Six of the seven UNCAF members were eligible to participate in the tournament.

Team UNCAF Nations Cup / Copa Centroamericana appearances Previous best performance FIFA ranking at start of event
  Belize 11th 4th place (2013) 163
  Costa Rica 14th Champions (1991, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014) 17
  El Salvador 14th 3rd place (1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2013) 138
  Honduras 14th Champions (1993, 1995, 2011) 75
  Nicaragua 14th 5th place (2009) 111
  Panama 13th Champions (2009) 58

On 28 October 2016, FIFA suspended the National Football Federation of Guatemala for political interference by the Government of Guatemala. Until the suspension is lifted, Guatemalan teams are not permitted to participate in international competitions.[4] CONCACAF had set the deadline of 9 December 2016 for the suspension to be lifted, otherwise by rule, Guatemala would be disqualified from the 2017 Copa Centroamericana, and any revision to the tournament format would be discussed once the deadline had passed.[5] The suspension was not lifted before the deadline, so Guatemala could not participate in the competition.[6]

VenueEdit

All matches were played at Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City.

Panama City
Estadio Rommel Fernández
Capacity: 32,000
 

Original drawEdit

The original format of the competition was to be a group stage (one group of four teams and one group of three teams) followed by a knockout stage (fifth-placed match, semi-finals, third-placed match and final). The draw for the competition with the original format took place on 25 October 2016, 18:00 UTC−5, at the Hotel Sortis in Panama City, Panama.[7][8]

Pot Team
Hosts (A1)   Panama
Title holders (B1)   Costa Rica
Pot 1 (A3 or A4)
  Belize
  Nicaragua
Pot 2 (A2, B2 or B3)   El Salvador
  Guatemala
  Honduras

The original draw results were:[9]

A change in format was announced on 10 December 2016 following FIFA's decision not to lift the suspension of the National Football Federation of Guatemala.[10]

SquadsEdit

Each team squad had to have a minimum of 18 players and a maximum of 23 players, two of whom must be goalkeepers.[11]

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Honduras (C) 5 4 1 0 7 3 +4 13 Qualification to 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2   Panama (H) 5 3 1 1 4 2 +2 10
3   El Salvador 5 2 1 2 5 4 +1 7
4   Costa Rica 5 1 3 1 4 2 +2 6
5   Nicaragua 5 1 1 3 5 6 −1 4 Advance to 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup CFU–UNCAF play-off
6   Belize 5 0 1 4 2 10 −8 1
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Points in matches between tied teams; 5) Goal difference in matches between tied teams; 6) Goals scored in matches between tied teams; 7) Drawing of lots (Regulations Article 8.4).[12]
(C) Champion; (H) Host

MatchesEdit

All times are EST (UTC−5).

Matchday 1Edit

Honduras  2–1  Nicaragua
Report Figueroa   20' (o.g.)

Costa Rica  0–0  El Salvador
Report

Panama  0–0  Belize
Report

Matchday 2Edit

Belize  0–3  Costa Rica
Report

El Salvador  1–2  Honduras
Zelaya   10' Report Castillo   62'90+1'

Panama  2–1  Nicaragua
Report García   30'

Matchday 3Edit

El Salvador  3–1  Belize
Report McCaulay   43'

Costa Rica  0–0  Nicaragua
Report

Panama  0–1  Honduras
Report Hernández   36' (pen.)

Matchday 4Edit

Nicaragua  3–1  Belize
Report Smith   54' (pen.)

Honduras  1–1  Costa Rica
Andino   17' Report Calvo   59'

Panama  1–0  El Salvador
Arroyo   82' Report

Matchday 5Edit

Belize  0–1  Honduras
Report Hernández   56'

El Salvador  1–0  Nicaragua
Herrera   54' Report

Panama  1–0  Costa Rica
Cooper   67' Report

GoalscorersEdit

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

AwardsEdit

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:[13]

Qualified teams for CONCACAF Gold CupEdit

The following five teams qualified for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Team Qualified on Previous Gold Cup qualifications
  Honduras 17 January 2017 12 (1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
  Panama 20 January 2017 7 (1993, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
  El Salvador 22 January 2017 9 (1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
  Costa Rica 20 January 2017 12 (1991, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
  Nicaragua
(won play-off over Haiti)
28 March 2017 1 (2009)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mario Monterrosa, Secretario de UNCAF: ¿'La Copa Regresará a Centroamérica en el 2016'?" [Mario Monterrosa, UNCAF Secretary: The 'Cup will return in Central America in 2016?] (Web). La Nación (in Spanish). 31 August 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Panama to host 2017 Central American Cup". CONCACAF.com. 5 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Copa Centroamericana format revised". 11 December 2016. Archived from the original on 12 December 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Suspension of the Guatemala Football Association". FIFA. 28 October 2016. Archived from the original on 31 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Deadlines Set for FEDEFUT". CONCACAF.com. 9 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Guatemala le dice adiós a Copa Centroamericana y Copa Oro". Lared.com.gt. Archived from the original on 5 July 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Official Draw Confirmed for the Central American Cup Panama 2017". CONCACAF.com. 24 October 2016. Archived from the original on 26 October 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Draw Determines Groups and Schedule for the Central American Cup Panama 2017". CONCACAF.com. 25 October 2016. Archived from the original on 26 October 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Sorteo de la Copa Centroamericana Panamá 2017 define Grupos y Calendario". UNCAF. 25 October 2016. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Formato de la Copa Centroamericana sufre modificaciones ante ausencia de Guatemala" (in Spanish). UNCAF. 10 December 2016. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Copa Centroamericana 2017 Regulations (Spanish Edition)" (PDF). CONCACAF.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 February 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Copa Centroamericana 2017 Regulations (Spanish Edition)" (PDF). CONCACAF.com.
  13. ^ "2017 Copa Centroamericana: Award Winners". CONCACAF.com. 22 January 2017. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  14. ^ "TSG announces Copa Centroamericana Best XI". CONCACAF.com. 22 January 2017. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017.

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