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A look back at 2004

A look back at 2004

31.12.04 - As we conclude 2004 and look forward to next year, CONCACAF takes a look back at some of the key events that made news around the Confederation in 2004.

From hosting seven major events in six months to unveiling a new visual identity; to concluding the year as one of just three Confederations (along with CONMEBOL & UEFA) to have at least one team progressing from the First Round in all Four FIFA Competitions (Men & Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, Futsal and Under-19), CONCACAF had an amazing and exciting 2004.

JANUARY
: The road to the CONCACAF Under-19 Women’s Final Round Qualification began in the Caribbean with Anguilla and US Virgin Islands winning their respective preliminaries … Club América and Club Santos Laguna earned the two Mexican berths in CONMEBOL’s Copa Libertadores … Canada and USA traveled to China for the Four Women’s Nations Tournament in Shenzhen.

FEBRUARY: Mexico & Costa Rica qualified to the Olympic Games in Athens (Greece) by finishing first and second, respectively, at the CONCACAF Men's Under-23 Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico … The road for CONCACAF teams to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany began with the Caribbean Zone First Round … FIFA Development Office conducted a long term planning workshop in Grenada.

MARCH: USA & Mexico qualified to the Olympic Games in Athens (Greece), as the winner and runner-up, respectively, of the first-ever CONCACAF Women's Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Costa Rica … Caribbean Football Union (CFU) launched its Marketing Division … FIFA Development Office conducted a long term planning workshop in Aruba … CF Monterrey (MEX), Chicago Fire (USA), Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) and LD Alajuelense (CRC) advanced to the semifinals of CONCACAF Champions' Cup … Costa Rica and Panama progressed to the CONCACAF Under-19 Women’s Final Round after finishing first and second, respectively at the UNCAF Tournament in Ciudad de Panamá.

APRIL: CONCACAF President Jack Warner inaugurated CONCACAF "C" License Coaching Course at the Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago, where 53 coaches attended … Costa Rican clubs’ Deportivo Saprissa and LD Alajuelense earned berths to the CONCACAF Champions' Cup Final … Trinidad & Tobago won the inaugural CFU Futsal Tournament and qualified with, second and third place finishers, Guyana and Surinam respectively, to the CONCACAF Final Round Qualification in Costa Rica ... The XXIV Ordinary CONCACAF Congress in St. George’s, Grenada began with the unveiling of the new CONCACAF Visual Identity.

MAY: CONCACAF President Jack Warner described the XXIV Ordinary CONCACAF Congress in St. George’s Grenada as a “great success” … CFU unveiled the new tournament called “Digicel Cup” as the championship for Caribbean national teams and the new qualification event for the Caribbean region to the CONCACAF Gold Cup™ ... A total of 32 participants from 15 countries took part in a Fitness Workshop at the Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago … LD Alajuelense won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup … Mexico, Panama and USA advanced to the CONCACAF Futsal Final Round Qualification in Costa Rica, after winning their respective North/Central Zone Preliminary Series.

JUNE: Twenty-two CONCACAF teams competed in Second Round of 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification … Canada and USA qualified to the FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand, after finishing first and second, respectively, at the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament … FIFA Development Office conducted a workshop in Surinam.

JULY: The road to the 2005 CONCACAF Under-20 Final Round Qualification began in the Caribbean … Costa Rica & Mexico reached the Quarterfinals of the Copa América in Peru … Costa Rica’s Luis Marin became the first Central American player to compete in 100 international games … Antigua & Barbuda eliminated British Virgin Islands to begin the CONCACAF Under-17 Caribbean Zone Qualification … USA & Cuba qualified to the FIFA Futsal World Championship in Chinese Taipei after finishing first and second, respectively, at the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament in Costa Rica.

AUGUST: CONCACAF President Jack Warner opened the new UNCAF office in Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala … Down to 12 teams at the CONCACAF Semifinal Round Qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup … Costa Rica Under-23 Men’s Team reached the quarterfinals of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, while USA women’s team took the gold medal … FIFA Development Office conducted a Long Term Planning workshop in St. Kitts & Nevis.

SEPTEMBER: Qualification for the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup next year began in the Caribbean and Central America … FIFA Development Office hosted in Trinidad & Tobago Futsal Courses for Coaches and Referees … CONCACAF President Jack Warner led a five-man party to Grenada following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ivan.

OCTOBER: Twenty-five officials from twelve National Associations attend the FIFA Referee Instructors for Men and Women in the Bahamas … Guatemala, Mexico and USA became the first three teams to secure berths in the CONCACAF Final Round of World Cup Qualification … CONCACAF partners with Soccer United Marketing to organize the 2005 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup™ and announces the event will take place in the USA from 6-24 July … CFU Digicel Cup, which is the Caribbean’s qualifying competition to the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup™, began First Round action in St. Kitts & Nevis with Group F, while Cuba earns a bye straight into Second Round … Costa Rica, Panama and Jamaica progress to 2005 CONCACAF Under-20 Final Round.

NOVEMBER: British Virgin Islands, French Guyana, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago progressed from the First Round of the CFU Qualification to the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup™, the Digicel Cup …Thirty-one participants from 13 Caribbean nations took part the CONCACAF/The Football Association Media Relations Seminar at the Centre of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago … D.C. United & Kansas City Wizards qualify to the 2005 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup … Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago claim last spots to the CONCACAF Final Round of World Cup Qualification as the complete fixtures for next year unveiled following the draw held at the FIFA Offices in Zurich, Switzerland … CONCACAF announced first guest team (South Africa) for the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup™ … Haiti advanced to 2005 CONCACAF Under-17 Final Round … USA earns third-place honours at FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand … FIFA stages Olympic Solidarity Course in Dominican Republic … USA reached Second Round of the FIFA Futsal World Championship in Chinese Taipei.

DECEMBER: Trinidad & Tobago advanced to 2005 CONCACAF Under-20 Final Round … Cuba, El Salvador and Honduras progressed into the CONCACAF Under-17 Final Round next year … CONCACAF Executive Committee met in New York City … CONCACAF President Jack Warner appoints Kerri Ann Alleyne as General Secretary of the CFU … Former CFU General Secretary Harold Taylor is named FIFA Development Officer for the Caribbean, but retains his position of Deputy General Secretary of CONCACAF … Fixtures set after the 2005 CONCACAF Champions' Cup Final Phase Draw … Cuba, French Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago all earned berths into the Third Round of CFU Digicel Cup ... Haiti earns 2004 FIFA Presidential Award.

2004 CONCACAF COMPETITIONS

* Tournament Champion

CHAMPIONS’ CUP: LD Alajuelense (CRC)*

FIFA QUALIFIERS
FUTSAL QUALIFYING: Cuba, USA*
MEN’S UNDER-23 OLYMPIC QUALIFYING: Costa Rica, Mexico*
UNDER-19 WOMEN’S QUALIFYING: Canada*, USA
WOMEN’S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING: Mexico, USA*

NATIONAL LEAGUES

DOMESTIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONS (for 2004, or 2003-04 seasons, as applicable)

CARIBBEAN ZONE
ANGUILLA: AFA League 2004 – Spartans International
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA: Premier Division 2003-04 – Bassa SC
ARUBA: Division di Honor 2003-04 – SV Deportivo Nacional
BAHAMAS: New Providence League 2004 – Bears FC
BARBADOS: Premier League 2004 – Notre Dame SC
BERMUDA: Premier Division 2003-04 – Dandy Town SC
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS: 2003-04 National League – Rangers
CAYMAN ISLANDS: Fosters National League 2003-04 –Latinos FC
CUBA: Campeonato Nacional de Fútbol 2004 – still in progress
DOMINICA: Premier League 2003-04 – Harris Paints Harlem United
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Liga Mayor 2004 – still in progress
FRENCH GUYANA: Ligue de Football 2004 – ASC Le Geldar
GRENADA: GFA/Digicel Championship 2004 – Police SC
GUADELOUPE: Division d’Honneur 2004 – Racing Club
GUYANA: Kashif & Shanghai Cup 2003-04 – Camptown
HAITI: Championnat de Premiere Division 2004 – not reported
JAMAICA: Wray & Nephew National Premier League 2003-04 – Tivoli Gardens FC
MARTINIQUE: Division d’Honneur 2003-04 – Club Franciscain
MONTSERRAT: FA League 2004 – Ideal Football Club
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES: Kampionato de Korsou 2003-04 – SV Centro Deportivo Barber
PUERTO RICO: Liga Mayor Fútbol 2004 – Sporting de San Lorenzo
ST. KITTS & NEVIS: Premier Division 2003-04 – TDC Newtown United FC
ST. LUCIA: Premier League 2003-04 – Roots Alley Ballers
SAINT-MARTIN: SXM League 2003-04 – Juventus de Saint-Martin
ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES: Guinness Club Championship 2004 – Samba FC
SINT-MAARTEN: not reported
SURINAM: SVB Hoofdklaase 2003-04 – Walking Boys Company
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Professional Football League 2004 – North East Stars
TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS: TCIFA Football League 2003-04 – KPMG United FC
US VIRGIN ISLANDS: USVI Championship 2003-04 – Helenites

CENTRAL AMERICAN ZONE
BELIZE: Liga 2004 – Boca FC
COSTA RICA: Primera División 2004 – Municipal Pérez Zeledón (Apertura); Deportivo Saprissa (Clausura)
EL SALVADOR: Liga Mayor 2004 – CD F.A.S. (Apertura); Alianza FC (Clausura)
GUATEMALA: Primera División 2004 – CSD Municipal (Apertura); Cobán Imperial (Clausura)
HONDURAS: Primera División 2004 – CD Marathón (Apertura, Clausura)
NICARAGUA: Campeonato Nacional 2004 – Diriangén FC (Apertura); Real Estelí FC (Clausura)
PANAMA: ANAPROF 2004 – Deportivo Árabe Unido (Apertura, Clausura)

NORTH AMERICAN ZONE

CANADA: CPSL 2004 – Toronto Croatia NSC
MEXICO: Primera División 2004 – Pumas UNAM (Apertura, Clausura)
USA: Major League Soccer 2004 – D.C. United
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