Central American Football Union

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Central American Football Union
Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol
Uncaf logo.png
Logo of UNCAF
Abbreviation UNCAF
Formation 1990[1]
Type Sports organization
Membership
7 member associations
Rafael Tinoco
Website Official website
The members of UNCAF (orange), with all members of CONCACAF (camel).

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.

Overview

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.

Competitions

National teams

Club teams

Older logo

National teams appearances in international tournaments

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

Title holders

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

Competition Holders Current event
Copa Centroamericana  Honduras 2017
UNCAF U-23  Honduras 2015
UNCAF U-20  Guatemala 2018
UNCAF U-17  Costa Rica 2016
UNCAF U-16 Tournament  Costa Rica 2017
UNCAF Futsal  Guatemala 2016
UNCAF Beach Soccer Central American Cup  El Salvador 2018
UNCAF Interclub Cup Honduras Motagua 2007
Copa Centroamericana Women's  Costa Rica 2014
UNCAF Women's U-20  Costa Rica, Nicaragua 2017
UNCAF Women's U-17  Costa Rica 2017
UNCAF Women's Interclub Championship Costa Rica Moravia 2017

See also

References

  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 links

  • (in Spanish) UNCAF official website
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