Central American Football Union
Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol
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).
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.

History

Beginning

The UNCAF was founded in 1990.

Presidents

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Member associations

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

Competitions

See also: List of association football competitions and FIFA International Match Calendar

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.

National teams

Club teams

Older logo
Older logo

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

Current title holders

See also: 2021 in association football, 2021 in sports, and FIFA International Match Calendar

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 Honduras Motagua 1st Costa Rica Saprissa TBA
U-17 Interclub Cup 2018 Costa Rica Alajuelense 1st  Honduras 2022
Club teams (Women's)
Women's Interclub Championship 2019 Costa Rica Saprissa 1st Nicaragua UNAN Managua 2022

Major tournament records

National teams appearances in international tournaments

National team World Cup Women's World Cup Gold Cup Women's Championship
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

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.