Caribbean Club Championship

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The Caribbean Club Championship, also known as the CFU Club Championship or CFU Club Champions' Cup[1] is the Caribbean football championship. It is an annual international football competition held amongst association football clubs from the Caribbean for clubs that are members of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU). The Caribbean Club Championship serves as a qualifying event for the CONCACAF Champions League tournament.

Caribbean Club Championship
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Current logo of the Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship
Founded1997; 24 years ago (1997)
RegionCaribbean (CFU)
Number of teams21
Current championsJamaica Portmore United (1st title)
(2019)
Most successful club(s)Trinidad and Tobago W Connection (3 titles)
WebsiteCFU homepage
2021 Caribbean Club Championship

The tournament is officially the Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship for sponsorship reasons since 2018.

With the expansion of the CONCACAF Champions League starting from the 2023–24 edition, the 2022 edition of the Caribbean Club Championship will be the last held. Instead, a regional cup tournament, the Caribbean Cup, will be launched as a qualifying tournament of the CONCACAF Champions League for teams from the Caribbean, besides those which qualify directly through their professional leagues.[2]

QualificationEdit

Thirty-one national associations affiliated with the CFU are invited to participate, with each eligible to send two clubs, usually their league champions and runners-up. However, many member nations do not send a representative team every year. CFU has also allowed Antigua Barracuda, Puerto Rico Islanders, and Puerto Rico FC (all now defunct) to compete despite being members of the United States league system. This tournament currently sends three or four teams to CONCACAF competitions: the champions enter the CONCACAF Champions League, the runners-up and third place teams enter the CONCACAF League, and the fourth place team competes in a playoff with the Caribbean Club Shield winner for a spot in the CONCACAF League.

The CFU presents an exact replica of the championship trophy to the winning team for their permanent possession.

Participation of Member AssociationsEdit

Country Competitions Years
  Trinidad and Tobago 19 1997–98, 2000–04, 2006–07, 2009–18
  Haiti 17 2000–02, 2006–07, 2009–20
  Jamaica 17 1997–98, 2000, 2002–07, 2013–20
  Suriname 15 1997, 2000–01, 2003–05, 2007, 2009–12, 2014–17
  Antigua and Barbuda 10 2000, 2004–07, 2009, 2012–13, 2015, 2017
  Curaçao 10 2000–01, 2003, 2005–07, 2009–10, 2012, 2014
  Puerto Rico 9 2006–07, 2009–14, 2017
  Guyana 8 1997, 2001, 2009–12, 2014–15
  Cayman Islands 6 2002, 2011–12, 2014, 2016–17
  Guadeloupe 6 1997–98, 2014–17
  Dominica 5 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
  Saint Lucia 5 2000–02, 2005, 2011
  Aruba 4 2005–07, 2009
  Bermuda 4 2010–12, 2016
  Dominican Republic 4 2016–18, 2020
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4 1997–98, 2010, 2017
  U.S. Virgin Islands 4 2005–07, 2015
  Barbados 3 1997–98, 2000
  Martinique 3 1997–98, 2002
  Montserrat 2 2004, 2017
  Bahamas 1 2015
  Cuba 1 2007
  Saint-Martin 1 2004
  Saint Kitts and Nevis 1 2011
  Sint Maarten 1 2017

The following associations have never had any team participate in a Club Championship:

Associations in italics have had teams participate in the Caribbean Club Shield

Past winnersEdit

Season Winners Result
(1st leg / 2nd leg)
Runners-up Third place Result
(1st leg / 2nd leg)
Fourth place
1997 United Petrotrin   2–1   Seba United N/A N/A
1998 Joe Public   1–0   Caledonia AIA N/A N/A
2000 Joe Public   (1)   W Connection Harbour View   (1)   Carioca
2001 Defence Force   (2)   W Connection Racing Club Haïtien   (2)   SNL
2002 W Connection   (2)   Arnett Gardens Violette   (2)   Harbour View
2003 San Juan Jabloteh   3–3
(4–2 p)
(2–1 / 1–2)
  W Connection N/A N/A
2004 Harbour View   3–2
(1–1 / 2–1)
  Tivoli Gardens N/A N/A
2005 Portmore United   5–2
(2–1 / 4–0)
  Robinhood N/A N/A
2006 W Connection   1–0   San Juan Jabloteh N/A N/A
2007 (3) Harbour View   2–1   Joe Public Puerto Rico Islanders   1–0
(1–0 / 0–0)
  San Juan Jabloteh
2009 W Connection   2–1   Puerto Rico Islanders San Juan Jabloteh   2–1   Tempête
2010 Puerto Rico Islanders   (1)   Joe Public San Juan Jabloteh   (1)   Bayamón
2011 Puerto Rico Islanders   3–1
(a.e.t.)
  Tempête Alpha United   1–1
(4–3 p)
  Defence Force
2012 Caledonia AIA   1–1
(4–3 p)
  W Connection Puerto Rico Islanders   2–0   Antigua Barracuda
Qualified teams
2013   W Connection (Group 1 winners)   Valencia (Group 2 winners)   Caledonia AIA (Playoff winners)
2014   Bayamón (Group 1 winners)   Waterhouse (Group 2 winners)   Alpha United (Group 3 winners)
Season Winners Result Runners-up Third place Result Fourth place
2015 Central   2–1   W Connection Montego Bay United   1–0   Don Bosco
2016 Central   3–0   W Connection Don Bosco   2–0   Arnett Gardens
2017 Cibao   1–0   San Juan Jabloteh Portmore United   2–2
(5–3 p)
  Central
2018 Atlético Pantoja   0–0
(6–5 p)
  Arnett Gardens Portmore United   2–1   Central
2019 Portmore United   (1)   Waterhouse Capoise   (1)   Real Hope
Qualified teams
2020 Atlético Pantoja   (4)   Waterhouse Arcahaie   (4)   Cibao
1 No final matches were held. The championship round was decided by a final group round.
2 No final matches were held. Winners based on tiebreakers: Group Points, GD, GF.
3 After the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) replaced the Champions' Cup in 2008, the two losing semi-finalists in the 2007 CFU Clubs Championships (CFU-CC) played a two-legged series on 10 and 25 May 2008 to determine the 2007 CFU-CC tournament's third place team and the final Caribbean spot (CFU#3) for the inaugural 2008 CONCACAF Champions League.
4 The final stage of the 2020 Caribbean Club Championship was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The results in the group stage were used to determine the teams which qualified for the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League (Atlético Pantoja) and the 2020 CONCACAF League (Waterhouse, Arcahaie, Cibao)[3]
5 Not played: 1999 and 2008

ResultsEdit

By clubEdit

Team Winners Runners-up Years Won Years Runner-up
  W Connection 3 6 2002, 2006, 2009 2000, 2001, 2003, 2012, 2015, 2016
  Joe Public 2 2 1998, 2000 2007, 2010
  Puerto Rico Islanders 2 1 2010, 2011 2009
  Portmore United 2 0 2005, 2019
  Central 2 0 2015, 2016
  Harbour View 2 0 2004, 2007
  San Juan Jabloteh 1 2 2003 2006, 2017
  Caledonia AIA 1 1 2012 1998
  Atlético Pantoja 1 0 2018
  Cibao 1 0 2017
  Defence Force 1 0 2001
  United Petrotrin 1 0 1997
  Arnett Gardens 0 2 2002, 2018
  Waterhouse 0 1 2019
  Tempête 0 1 2011
  Robinhood 0 1 2005
  Tivoli Gardens 0 1 2004
  Seba United 0 1 1997
  • When sorted by years won or lost, the table is sorted by the date of each team's first placement

By countryEdit

Nation Winners Runners-up Winning Clubs Runner-up Clubs
  Trinidad and Tobago 11 11 W Connection (3), Central (2), Joe Public (2), San Juan Jabloteh (1), United Petrotrin (1), Defence Force (1), Caledonia AIA (1) W Connection (6), Joe Public (2), San Juan Jabloteh (2), Caledonia AIA (1)
  Jamaica 4 5 Portmore United (2), Harbour View (2) Arnett Gardens (2), Waterhouse (1), Tivoli Gardens (1), Seba United (1)
  Puerto Rico 2 1 Puerto Rico Islanders (2) Puerto Rico Islanders (1)
  Dominican Republic 2 0 Cibao (1), Atlético Pantoja (1)
  Haiti 0 1 Tempête (1)
  Suriname 0 1 Robinhood (1)

Caribbean Club ShieldEdit

A second-tier competition, called the Caribbean Club Shield, was introduced in 2018 for clubs from non-professional leagues which are working towards professional standards.[4] The winner of this competition, as long as it fulfills the CONCACAF Regional Club Licensing criteria, will play against the fourth-placed team of the Caribbean Club Championship for a place in the CONCACAF League.

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ CFU Club Champions' Cup 2011 Tournament Regulations Archived 2011-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Concacaf Champions League to expand with innovative new format starting 2023/24". CONCACAF Champions League. 4 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Update on Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield and Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship". CONCACAF. 25 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Dominican Republic Selected to Host Inaugural CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield". mailchi.mp. CONCACAF. Retrieved 15 February 2018.

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