Football at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games

The Association football competition at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games were set to start 21 July, although qualification took take place beforehand. All participants had to be born on or after 1 January 1989.[2] On 13 July 2010 the organizing committee for the games (Comaz) announced that the event would not be held because CONCACAF had threatened to sanction countries that participated.[3]

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2010 Central American and Caribbean Games
Tournament details
Host countryVenezuela
Teams10 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s)Estadio Metropolitano de Merida[1]
All statistics correct as of 2010-03-20.

CONCACAF controversyEdit

On 6 July 2010, ten days before the games started, CONCACAF withdrew their support of the tournament stating that the tournament facilities allegedly do not meet the "minimum standards required to conduct an international tournament."[4] They did not announce or inform this directly to the organizing committee, instead it was through the Costa Rica Football Federation's Web Page.[5] A few weeks before this announcement Concacaf officials had visited the installations and given them praise.[5]

More than $750,000 were invested in preparing the Pista Atletica Relín Sosa and the Estadio de Aguada by Administración del Financiamiento para la Infraestructura and the Municipalities of Aguada and Cabo Rojo.[3] Concacaf inspectors had gone to Puerto Rico in April and informed that there were some problems with the Aguada Stadium, in response AFI invested $500,000; it was painted, new grass was installed and other improvements were made.[6] The officials also mentioned deficiencies in the dressing rooms, and the Cabo Rojo government invested $250,000.[6]

At first the Mayagüez 2010 organizing committee intended to hold the football events, with or without Concacaf.[7] Felipe Perez, president of the Organizing Comity and Hector Cardona, president of Odecabe, were going to travel to Trinidad and Tobago to meet with Jack Warner, president of Concacaf on 9 July 2010. Yet the meeting was canceled since the Concacaf stated that their decision was final.[7] The Organizing Committee offered various options including moving some of the games to the Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium and asked the Concacaf to reconsider its position, to no avail.[8][9]

On 13 July 2010 Felipe Perez announced that the event would not be held because CONCACAF had threatened to sanction countries that participated. Some of the possible sanctions were the teams accreditation by Concacaf and ending economic helps.[3] Comaz, never received any written or official indication from Concacaf about the non-celebration of the games. Felipe Perez stated that Comaz would take their complaint to FIFA.[3] He also stated that the Puerto Rico national football team would participate in the opening ceremony with the Puerto Rico delegation.[3]

More than 4,000 tickets had already been sold for the events.[3] On 14 July 2010 Felipe Perez announced to the press that Comaz was evaluating with their legal counsel the possibility of suing Concacaf in the next couple of days.[6][10]

Preliminary roundEdit

The Preliminary Round was contested by some CONCACAF teams that determined the qualified teams to the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games. Six teams were drawn into 3 match ups that were contested in a two-legged tie. The first leg of each of the Preliminary Round match ups was played on 21 March 2010, and the second leg was played on 27–28 March. Costa Rica did not participate in the first part, being the strongest team, they got an automatic spot into an extra playoff series against the best losing team of the two-legged series. Nicaragua, having the best result, played against Costa Rica. All 7 Central American associations took part of the qualifying process.


First legsEdit

21 March 2010 Guatemala   0 – 0   Panama Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Stadium: Estadio Mario Camposeco
Attendance: 1,554
Referee: Elmer Bonilla (SLV)

21 March 2010 Honduras   0 – 1   El Salvador Siguatepeque, Honduras
17:00 (UTC−06) Gutiérrez   51' Stadium: Estadio Roberto Martínez Avila
Attendance: 1,450
Referee: Luis Rodríguez (PAN)

21 March 2010 Belize   1 – 0   Nicaragua Belmopan, Belize
West   27' Stadium: FFB Field
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Marlon Mejía (SLV)

Second legsEdit

27 March 2010 Panama   3 – 0   Guatemala David, Panama
16:00 (UTC−06) Godoy   61'
Davis   87'
Blackburn   88'
Stadium: Estadio San Cristóbal
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: José Pineda (HON)
  • Panama won 3–0 on aggregate.

28 March 2010 El Salvador   0 – 0   Honduras San Salvador, El Salvador
15:00 (UTC−06) Stadium: Estadio Cuscatlán
Attendance: 6,700
Referee: Walter López (GUA)
  • El Salvador won 1–0 on aggregate.

28 March 2010 Nicaragua   2 – 1   Belize Managua, Nicaragua
Portocarrero   41'   56' Maldonado   19' Stadium: Dennis Martínez National Stadium
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Hugo Cruz (CRC)
  • Belize 2–2 Nicaragua on aggregate. Belize won on away goals.


11 April 2010 Costa Rica   6 – 1   Nicaragua Cartago, Costa Rica
Madrigal   7'   34'   44'
Mena   58'
Blanco   64'
Estrada   80'
Reyes   54' Stadium: Estadio José Rafael Fello Meza Ivankovich
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Juan Amaya (PAN)

18 April 2010 Nicaragua   0 – 6   Costa Rica Managua, Nicaragua
Guevara   9'   41'
Gamboa   18'
Madrigal   57'
Castro   61'   78'
Stadium: Dennis Martínez National Stadium
Attendance: 600
Referee: Oscar Moncada (HON)
  • Costa Rica won 12–1 on aggregate.
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Guatemala   0–3   Panama 0–0 0–3
Honduras   0–1   El Salvador 0–1 0–0
Belize   2–2 (a)   Nicaragua 1–0 1–2
Extra Playoff
Costa Rica   12–1   Nicaragua 6–1 6–0


Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap 
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Mayagüez Cabo Rojo Aguada
Mayagüez Athletics Stadium Pista Atletica Relín Sosa Estadio de Aguada
18°11′35″N 67°09′18″W / 18.193°N 67.155°W / 18.193; -67.155 (Estadio Centroamericano) 18°04′44″N 67°08′53″W / 18.079°N 67.148°W / 18.079; -67.148 (Pista Atletica Relín Sosa) 18°22′41″N 67°11′49″W / 18.378°N 67.197°W / 18.378; -67.197 (Estadio de Aguada)
Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 3,000 Capacity: 4,000

Women's eventEdit


  Guatemala (GUA)

External linksEdit


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Rules and regulations" (PDF). Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2010.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Descartan el fútbol en los Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe Mayagüez 2010" (in Spanish). Agencia EFE. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  4. ^ "CONCACAF withdraws from CAC Games". CONCACAF. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Comité Organizador JCC acordará con Concacaf problemas canchas en Mayagüez" (in Spanish). EFE. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b c Figueroa Cancel, Alex; Pagán Rivera, Esteban (15 July 2010), "asoma una demanda", El Nuevo Dia (in Spanish), retrieved 15 July 2010
  7. ^ a b Figueroa, Jorge (9 July 2010). "Va el fútbol en Mayagüez 2010" (in Spanish). El Vocero. Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Oficial: no va el fútbol" (in Spanish). Meta. 13 July 2010. Archived from the original on 17 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  9. ^ "Consideran mover el fútbol a Bayamón" (in Spanish). Meta. 13 July 2010. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  10. ^ "Organización de Mayagüez evalúa demandar a la Concacaf" (in Spanish). Prensa Libre. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.