Caribbean Club Championship
The Caribbean Club Championship, also known as the CFU Club Championship or CFU Club Champions' Cup 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.
Current logo of the Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship
|Number of teams||21|
|Current champions|| Portmore United (1st title)|
|Most successful club(s)||W Connection (3 titles)|
|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.
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
|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|
|Dominica||5||2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009|
|Saint Lucia||5||2000–02, 2005, 2011|
|Dominican Republic||4||2016–18, 2020|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||4||1997–98, 2010, 2017|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||4||2005–07, 2015|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||1||2011|
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
|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|
|Harbour View||2||0||2004, 2007|
|San Juan Jabloteh||1||2||2003||2006, 2017|
|Arnett Gardens||0||2||2002, 2018|
- When sorted by years won or lost, the table is sorted by the date of each team's first placement
|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)|
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. 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.
Notes and referencesEdit
- CFU Club Champions' Cup 2011 Tournament Regulations Archived 2011-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
- "Concacaf Champions League to expand with innovative new format starting 2023/24". CONCACAF Champions League. 4 February 2021.
- "Update on Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield and Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship". CONCACAF. 25 August 2020.
- "Dominican Republic Selected to Host Inaugural CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield". mailchi.mp. CONCACAF. Retrieved 15 February 2018.