Central American Football Union

The Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol (Central American Football Union), more commonly known by the acronym UNCAF, represents the national football teams of Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Its member associations are part of CONCACAF.

Central American Football Union
Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol
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Logo of UNCAF
AbbreviationUNCAF
Formation1990[1]
TypeSports organization
Membership
7 member associations
Rafael Tinoco
WebsiteUNCAFut.com[dead link]
The members of UNCAF (orange), with all members of CONCACAF (camel).

HistoryEdit

BeginningEdit

The UNCAF was founded in 1990.

PresidentsEdit

Member associationsEdit

Code Association
BLZ   Belize
CRC   Costa Rica
SLV   El Salvador
GUA   Guatemala
HON   Honduras
NCA   Nicaragua
PAN   Panama

CompetitionsEdit

OverviewEdit

The UNCAF organize various competitions, the Central American Cup is played every two years, starting in 1991, and usually feature the seven national teams. Costa Rica is the most successful team, winning the tournament eight times (1991, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, and 2014). Honduras have won the tournament four times (1993, 1995, 2011, and 2017). Guatemala won the tournament in 2001, and Panama won it in 2009. This tournament usually runs as a qualification round for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The UNCAF also ran the Copa Interclubes UNCAF, a competition for the champions and runners-up of the domestic leagues of the UNCAF members; C.D. Motagua (Honduras) was the last champion (2007). Similarly to the Central American Cup, this competition qualified three teams to the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. As it expanded into the CONCACAF Champions League in 2008, all of the Central American nations have at least one team and the Copa Interclubes UNCAF was disbanded.

National teamsEdit

Club teamsEdit

 
Older logo

UNCAF runs several competitions which cover men's, women's, youth and futsal.

Current title holdersEdit

Competition Year Champions Title(s) Runners-up Next edition
National teams (Men's)
Copa Centroamericana 2017   Honduras 4th   Panama TBA
U-23 Tournament 2015   Honduras Unknown Unknown TBA
U-20 Tournament 2018   Guatemala 1st   Panama 2022
U-18 Tournament 2019   Costa Rica Unknown Unknown TBA
U-17 Tournament 2016   Costa Rica Unknown   Honduras TBA
U-16 Tournament 2018   Panama 1st   Costa Rica 2022
U-15 Tournament 2019   Costa Rica Unknown Unknown TBA
Futsal Tournament 2016   Guatemala Unknown   Panama TBA
Futsal U20 Tournament 2022
Beach Soccer Cup 2018   El Salvador Unknown Unknown TBA
National teams (Women's)
Women's Copa Centroamericana 2018   Costa Rica Unknown   Panama TBA
Women's U-20 Tournament 2019   Costa Rica Unknown Unknown TBA
Women's U-17 Tournament 2017   Costa Rica Unknown   Panama TBA
Women's U-16 Tournament 2019   Costa Rica Unknown Unknown 2022
Club teams (Men's)
Interclub Cup 2007   Motagua 1st   Saprissa TBA
U-17 Interclub Cup 2018   Alajuelense 1st   Honduras 2022
Club teams (Women's)
Women's Interclub Championship 2019   Saprissa 1st   UNAN Managua 2022

Major tournament recordsEdit

National teams appearances in international tournamentsEdit

National team World Cup Women's World Cup Gold Cup Women's Championship
  Costa Rica 5 1 11 2
  Honduras 3 0 11 0
  El Salvador 2 0 8 0
  Guatemala 0 0 9 1
  Panama 1 0 8 2
  Belize 0 0 1 0
  Nicaragua 0 0 2 0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Digicel and the Central American Union of Football (UNCAF) launch the Copa de Naciones Digicel 2009". Digicel Football. 11 December 2008. Archived from the original on 8 April 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013.

External linksEdit