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2018 Caribbean Club Championship

The 2018 Caribbean Club Championship was the 20th edition of Caribbean Club Championship (also known as the CFU Club Championship), the annual international club football competition in the Caribbean region, held amongst clubs whose football associations are affiliated with the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), a sub-confederation of CONCACAF.

Caribbean Club Championship
Season2018
Dates31 January – 16 May
ChampionsClub Championship:
Dominican Republic Atlético Pantoja
Club Shield:
Martinique Club Franciscain
CONCACAF Champions LeagueDominican Republic Atlético Pantoja
CONCACAF LeagueJamaica Arnett Gardens
Jamaica Portmore United
Martinique Club Franciscain
2017
2019

The CONCACAF Council, at its meeting on 25 July 2017 in San Francisco, California approved the implementation of the following two-tier competitions for affiliated clubs of Caribbean Member Associations starting in 2018:

  • The Tier 1 competition, known as the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship, is contested by the champions and runners-up of the top professional and semi-professional leagues in year 1 (2018), and open to only fully professional leagues in year 2 (2019) and onwards.
  • The Tier 2 competition, known as the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield, is contested by the champions of the top leagues in Member Associations that have no professional or semi-professional leagues in year 1 (2018), and open to amateur and semi-professional leagues in year 2 (2019) and onwards.

The winners of the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship would qualify to the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League, the second and third place teams would qualify to the 2018 CONCACAF League, while the fourth place team would play against the winners of the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield in a playoff match to determine the final Caribbean spot to the 2018 CONCACAF League.[1]

Cibao were the title holders, but were not eligible to enter since they failed to reach the final of the 2017 Liga Dominicana de Fútbol. For the second season in a row, the Caribbean Club Championship was won by a team from the Dominican Republic, with Atlético Pantoja crowned champions and qualifying for the CONCACAF Champions League. Club Franciscain won the inaugural Caribbean Club Shield and later defeated Central in a playoff to qualify for the CONCACAF League together with Club Championship runners-up Arnett Gardens and third place Portmore United.

Contents

TeamsEdit

Location of teams of the 2018 Caribbean Club Championship
  Tier 1 (CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship)   Tier 2 (CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield)

The new two-tier format and the teams were announced by CONCACAF on 15 December 2017.[2] A total of 20 teams from 16 associations (out of 31 CFU member associations) entered the competition.

  • Eight teams from four associations entered Tier 1 (CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship).
  • Twelve teams from twelve associations entered Tier 2 (CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield).
Teams entering Tier 1 (CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship)
Association Team Qualification method
  Dominican Republic Atlántico 2017 Liga Dominicana de Fútbol champions
Atlético Pantoja 2017 Liga Dominicana de Fútbol runners-up
  Haiti Real Hope 2017 Ligue Haïtienne Série d'Ouverture champions
Racing 2017 Ligue Haïtienne Série d'Ouverture runners-up
  Jamaica Arnett Gardens 2016–17 National Premier League champions
Portmore United 2016–17 National Premier League runners-up
  Trinidad and Tobago Central 2016–17 TT Pro League champions
W Connection 2016–17 TT Pro League runners-up
Teams entering Tier 2 (CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield)
Association Team Qualification method
  Aruba Nacional 2016–17 Aruban Division di Honor champions
  Barbados Weymouth Wales 2017 Barbados Premier League champions
  Bonaire Real Rincon 2016–17 Bonaire League champions
  Cayman Islands Bodden Town 2016–17 Cayman Islands Premier League champions
  Curaçao Centro Dominguito 2017 Curaçao Sekshon Pagá champions
  Grenada Hard Rock 2016 GFA Premier Division champions
  Guadeloupe USR 2016–17 Guadeloupe Division of Honor champions
  Guyana Guyana Defence Force 2016–17 GFF Elite League champions
  Martinique Club Franciscain 2016–17 Martinique Championnat National champions
  Saint Kitts and Nevis Cayon Rockets 2016–17 SKNFA Super League champions
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Avenues United 2017 NLA Premier League champions
  Suriname Inter Moengotapoe 2016–17 SVB Topklasse champions
Associations which did not enter a team

ScheduleEdit

Competition Draw date Dates
CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship 21 December 2017
(Miami, United States)[2]
  • Group A: 31 January – 4 February 2018[3]
  • Group B: 7–11 February 2018[3]
  • Final stage: 11–13 May 2018
CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield 15 February 2018
(Miami, United States)[4]
13–21 April 2018[4]
CONCACAF League playoff 16 May 2018

CONCACAF Caribbean Club ChampionshipEdit

2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship
2018 Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship
Tournament details
Host countriesGroup stage:
Trinidad and Tobago (Group A)
Dominican Republic (Group B)
Final stage:
Jamaica
Dates31 January – 13 May 2018
Teams8 (from 4 associations)
Final positions
Champions  Atlético Pantoja (1st title)
Runners-up  Arnett Gardens
Third place  Portmore United
Fourth place  Central
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored40 (2.5 per match)
Top scorer(s)  Luis José Espinal (5 goals)
Best player(s)  Miguel Odalis Báez
Best goalkeeper  Miguel Odalis Báez
Fair play award  Central
2017
2019

A total of eight teams entered the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship (officially the 2018 Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship for sponsorship reasons).[5]

Group stageEdit

The draw for the group stage was held on 21 December 2017, 11:00 EST (UTC−5), at the CONCACAF Headquarters in Miami, United States,[6] and was streamed on YouTube.[7] The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four. The two group stage hosts were placed in Pot 1, while the remaining six teams were placed in Pot 2. Teams from the same association could not be drawn into the same group.

Pot 1 (hosts) Pot 2

The top two teams of each group advanced to the final stage.

Group AEdit

Host venue: Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad and Tobago (all times UTC−4)

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Atlético Pantoja 3 2 1 0 6 0 +6 7 Final stage
2   Arnett Gardens 3 1 1 1 5 2 +3 4
3   W Connection (H) 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
4   Real Hope 3 1 0 2 1 7 −6 3
Source: CONCACAF
(H) Host.
Atlético Pantoja  0–0  Arnett Gardens
Report
W Connection  0–1  Real Hope
Report

Real Hope  0–3  Atlético Pantoja
Report
W Connection  2–1  Arnett Gardens
Report

Arnett Gardens  4–0  Real Hope
Report
W Connection  0–3  Atlético Pantoja
Report

Group BEdit

Host venue: Estadio Cibao FC, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic (all times UTC−4)

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Central 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6 Final stage
2   Portmore United 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
3   Atlántico (H) 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
4   Racing 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
Source: CONCACAF
(H) Host.
Central  0–2  Portmore United
Report
Atlántico  2–1  Racing
Report

Racing  0–3  Central
Report
Atlántico  2–2  Portmore United
Report

Portmore United  0–1  Racing
Report
Atlántico  0–1  Central
Report

Final stageEdit

Jamaica was announced as the host nation of the final stage on 1 May 2018.[8]

Host venue: Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, Kingston (all times UTC−5)

BracketEdit

The semi-final matchups are:

  • Group A Winners vs. Group B Runners-up
  • Group B Winners vs. Group A Runners-up
 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
11 May
 
 
  Atlético Pantoja4
 
13 May
 
  Portmore United3
 
  Atlético Pantoja (p)0 (6)
 
11 May
 
  Arnett Gardens0 (5)
 
  Arnett Gardens2
 
 
  Central0
 
Third place
 
 
13 May
 
 
  Portmore United2
 
 
  Central1

Semi-finalsEdit

Atlético Pantoja  4–3  Portmore United
Report

Arnett Gardens  2–0  Central
Report

Third place matchEdit

Winners qualified for 2018 CONCACAF League. Losers entered playoff against the CONCACAF Caribbean Cup Shield winners for a place in the 2018 CONCACAF League.

FinalEdit

Winners qualified for 2019 CONCACAF Champions League. Losers qualified for 2018 CONCACAF League.

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Team Goals
1   Luis José Espinal   Atlético Pantoja 5
2   Fabian Reid   Arnett Gardens 4
3   Jovan East   Portmore United 3
  Jeremie Lynch   Portmore United
5   Eduardo Centeno   Atlético Pantoja 2
  Herlyn Cuica   Atlántico
  Marcus Joseph   W Connection
  Armando Maita   Atlético Pantoja

CONCACAF Caribbean Club ShieldEdit

2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield
Tournament details
Host countryDominican Republic
CitySantiago de los Caballeros
Dates13–21 April 2018
Teams12 (from 12 associations)
Final positions
Champions  Club Franciscain (1st title)
Runners-up  Inter Moengotapoe
Third place  Real Rincon
Fourth place  Nacional
Tournament statistics
Matches played19
Goals scored75 (3.95 per match)
Top scorer(s)  Stefano Rijssel (6 goals)[9]
2019

A total of 12 teams entered the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield. The Dominican Republic was announced as the host nation on 15 February 2018.[4] Host venues, all located at Santiago de los Caballeros, were (all times UTC−4):

Group stageEdit

The draw for the group stage was held on 15 February 2018, 11:00 EST (UTC−5), at the CONCACAF Headquarters in Miami, United States,[10] and was streamed on YouTube.[11] The 12 teams were drawn into three groups of four without any seeding.

The winners of each group and the best runners-up advanced to the semi-finals.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Inter Moengotapoe 3 3 0 0 15 1 +14 9 Semi-finals
2   Nacional 3 2 0 1 5 7 −2 6
3   USR 3 1 0 2 3 8 −5 3
4   Weymouth Wales 3 0 0 3 3 10 −7 0
Source: CONCACAF
Nacional  0–5  Inter Moengotapoe
Report
Referee: Kevin Morrison (Jamaica)
Weymouth Wales  1–2  USR
Report
Referee: Nitzar Sandoval (Nicaragua)

Inter Moengotapoe  5–0  Weymouth Wales
Report
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)
USR  0–2  Nacional
Report
Referee: Adonis Carrasco (Dominican Republic)

Weymouth Wales  2–3  Nacional
Report
Referee: Tristley Bassue (St Kitts & Nevis)
USR  1–5  Inter Moengotapoe
Report
Referee: Nitzar Sandoval (Nicaragua)

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Real Rincon 2 1 1 0 5 3 +2 4 Semi-finals
2   Avenues United 2 1 1 0 5 4 +1 4
3   Hard Rock 2 0 0 2 3 6 −3 0
4   Guyana Defence Force 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew[12]
Source: CONCACAF
Hard Rock  1–3  Real Rincon
Report
Referee: Karl Tyrell (Jamaica)

Avenues United  3–2  Hard Rock
Report
Referee: Christophe Jombert (Guadeloupe)

Real Rincon  2–2  Avenues United
Report
Referee: Karl Tyrell (Jamaica)

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Club Franciscain 3 2 0 1 12 4 +8 6 Semi-finals
2   Centro Dominguito 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
3   Bodden Town 3 1 1 1 4 6 −2 4
4   Cayon Rockets 3 0 1 2 3 10 −7 1
Source: CONCACAF
Cayon Rockets  1–2  Bodden Town
Report
Referee: Benbito Celima (Haiti)
Centro Dominguito  2–1  Club Franciscain
Report
Referee: Tristley Bassue (St Kitts & Nevis)

Bodden Town  0–0  Centro Dominguito
Report
Referee: Gianni Ascani (Turks & Caicos)
Club Franciscain  6–0  Cayon Rockets
Report
Referee: Johannes Dolaini (Suriname)

Centro Dominguito  2–2  Cayon Rockets
Report
Referee: Ydekel Capellan (Dominican Republic)
Club Franciscain  5–2  Bodden Town
Report
Referee: Sergio Reyna (Guatemala)

Ranking of group winners and runners-upEdit

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A   Inter Moengotapoe 3 3 0 0 15 1 +14 9 Semi-finals
2 C   Club Franciscain 3 2 0 1 12 4 +8 6
3 B   Real Rincon 2 1 1 0 5 3 +2 4
4 A   Nacional 3 2 0 1 5 7 −2 6 Semi-finals
5 C   Centro Dominguito 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
6 B   Avenues United 2 1 1 0 5 4 +1 4
Source: CONCACAF

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

The semi-final matchups are:

  • Best Group Winners vs. Best Group Runners-up
  • 2nd Best Group Winners vs. 3rd Best Group Winners
 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
19 April
 
 
  Inter Moengotapoe4
 
21 April
 
  Nacional0
 
  Inter Moengotapoe1
 
19 April
 
  Club Franciscain2
 
  Club Franciscain2
 
 
  Real Rincon0
 
Third place
 
 
21 April
 
 
  Nacional1
 
 
  Real Rincon3

Semi-finalsEdit

Inter Moengotapoe  4–0  Nacional
Report
Referee: Adonis Carrasco (Dominican Republic)

Club Franciscain  2–0  Real Rincon
Report
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)

Third place matchEdit

Nacional  1–3  Real Rincon
Report
Referee: Sergio Reyna (Guatemala)

FinalEdit

Winners entered playoff against the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship fourth-placed team for a place in the 2018 CONCACAF League.

Inter Moengotapoe  1–2  Club Franciscain
Report
Referee: Kevin Morrison (Jamaica)

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Team Goals
1   Stefano Rijssel   Inter Moengotapoe 6
2   Romeo Kastiel   Inter Moengotapoe 5
  Yann Thimon   Club Franciscain
4   Djénhael Maingé   Club Franciscain 4
5   Stéphane Abaul   Club Franciscain 3
6   Joël Baja   Inter Moengotapoe 2
  Steeve Désert   USR
  Donnegy Fer   Inter Moengotapoe
  Romano Holtuin   Inter Moengotapoe
  Samuel Matheus   Centro Dominguito
  Devis Oliveros   Nacional
  Kenroy Ranger   Nacional
  Yurick Seinpaal   Real Rincon
  Romano Snagg   Avenues United

CONCACAF League playoffEdit

The CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship fourth-placed team and the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield winners, as long as they comply with the minimum CONCACAF Club Licensing requirements for the CONCACAF League, entered the playoff, with the winners qualifying for the 2018 CONCACAF League.

The playoff was played at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, Kingston, Jamaica (UTC−5), after the completion of the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship final stage at the same venue.[8]

Central  1–2  Club Franciscain
Report

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CONCACAF Circular no. 555". CONCACAF. August 31, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "CONCACAF Announces Expanded CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship for 2018". CONCACAF. 15 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Schedule Confirmed for the First Round of the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship". CONCACAF.com. 12 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Dominican Republic Selected to Host Inaugural CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield". mailchi.mp. CONCACAF. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  5. ^ "CONCACAF and FLOW ink mega multi-year deal". Sport Caraibe. 23 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Groups and Schedule Set for January Kickoff for Expanded CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship". CONCACAF.com. 21 December 2017.
  7. ^ "CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship 2018 – OFFICIAL DRAW". CONCACAF. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Jamaica to Host Final Round of the 2018 Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship". CONCACAF.com. 1 May 2018.
  9. ^ Oosterwolde, Terrence. "Inter Moengotapoe verliest amateurfinale Caribisch clubkampioenschap" (in Dutch). DWT Online. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Dominican Republic Selected to Host Inaugural CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield". CONCACAF.com. 16 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Official Draw: Caribbean Club Shield 2018". CONCACAF. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  12. ^ "GDF FC WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN CARIBBEAN CLUB SHIELD". Guyana Football Federation. 12 April 2018.

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