The Caribbean Club Championship, also known as the CFU Club Championship or CFU Club Champions' Cup was an annual international football competition held amongst association football clubs that are members of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU). The Caribbean Club Championship served as a qualifying event for the CONCACAF Champions League tournament.
|Number of teams||21|
|Last champions|| Violette (1st title)|
|Most successful club(s)|| W Connection|
Puerto Rico Islanders
(2 titles each)
|2022 Caribbean Club Championship|
The tournament was officially the Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship for sponsorship reasons from 2018 to 2022.
With the expansion of the CONCACAF Champions League starting from the 2024 edition, the 2022 edition of the Caribbean Club Championship was the last held. Instead, a regional cup tournament 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 were invited to participate, with each eligible to send two clubs, usually their league champions and runners-up. However, many member nations did not send a representative team every year. CFU 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 sent 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 competed in a playoff with the Caribbean Club Shield winner for a spot in the CONCACAF League.
The CFU presented 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||18||2000–02, 2006–07, 2009–21|
|Jamaica||17||1997–98, 2000, 2002–07, 2013–20|
|Suriname||16||1997, 2000–01, 2003–05, 2007, 2009–12, 2014–17, 2021|
|Curaçao||11||2000–01, 2003, 2005–07, 2009–10, 2012, 2014, 2021|
|Antigua and Barbuda||10||2000, 2004–07, 2009, 2012–13, 2015, 2017|
|Puerto Rico||10||2006–07, 2009–14, 2017, 2021|
|Guyana||8||1997, 2001, 2009–12, 2014–15|
|Guadeloupe||7||1997–98, 2014–17, 2021|
|Cayman Islands||6||2002, 2011–12, 2014, 2016–17|
|Dominica||5||2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009|
|Dominican Republic||5||2016–18, 2020–21|
|Saint Lucia||5||2000–02, 2005, 2011|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||5||1997–98, 2010, 2017, 2021|
|Martinique||4||1997–98, 2002, 2021|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||4||2005–07, 2015|
|Sint Maarten||2||2017, 2021|
|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||2||5||2006, 2009||2000, 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|
- 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||9||10||W Connection (2), Central (2), Joe Public (2), San Juan Jabloteh (1), United Petrotrin (1), Caledonia AIA (1)||W Connection (5), Joe Public (2), San Juan Jabloteh (2), Caledonia AIA (1)|
|Jamaica||4||4||Portmore United (2), Harbour View (2)||Arnett Gardens (1), 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||2||1||Cavaly (1), Violette (1)||Tempête (1)|
|Suriname||0||2||Robinhood (1), Inter Moengotapoe (1)|
Caribbean Club ShieldEdit
A second-tier competition, called the Caribbean Club Shield, was introduced in 2018 for clubs from non-professional leagues that worked towards professional standards. The winner of this competition, as long as it fulfills the CONCACAF Regional Club Licensing criteria, played 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
- mlssoccer. "Concacaf announces expanded Champions League starting in 2024 | MLSSoccer.com". MLSsoccer. Retrieved September 21, 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.