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6.1.04 - CONCACAF begins a busy 2004, as seven major events will be taking place in six months from February – July. The Confederation will host four final round qualifying tournaments (Men’s & Women’s Olympic, Under-19 Women, Futsal); the annual Champions Cup; and its bi-annual CONCACAF Congress (Grenada 2004). This year is also the start of 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification in the region that kicks off on 18 February 2004.

Men’s Olympic Qualification
CONCACAF Men’s Under-23 Olympic Final Round Qualification is scheduled for Guadalajara, Mexico from 2-12 February 2004. The tournament will feature two groups of four teams with the top two advancing to the semifinals. The semifinal losers will meet in the third-place game, while the two finalists earn CONCACAF’s automatic berths to the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

FIFA World Cup Qualifying
Twenty teams (of 34) begin FIFA World Cup Qualification in ten pairings that will play home and away series on 18 February (Leg 1) and 31 March 2004 (Leg 2) to produce ten qualifiers. These ten teams will be joined by the 14 remaining teams, that received first round byes for a second round consisting of twelve pairings, also to play home and away (12-13, 19-20 June – Legs 1, 2).

Women’s Olympic Qualification
San José, Costa Rica will host the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Final Round Qualification from 25 February – 5 March 2004. The competition will feature two groups of four teams with the top two teams in each group advancing to the semifinals. The two finalists will earn CONCACAF’s berths to the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Champions Cup
The 2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup will feature two clubs each from Mexico and the USA, one team from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and three squads from the Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol (UNCAF). The eight teams will play in a straight knockout home-and-away system that begins on 17 March.

CONCACAF Congress
The CONCACAF 2004 Congress will be held in Grenada from 28 April – 2 May. The CONCACAF Congress is held every two years with the host nation being selected from among the CONCACAF member countries. Attendees include delegates from each of CONCACAF’s 40 member nations along with invited guests from the global football family.

Women’s Under-19 Qualification
Canada is scheduled to stage the Final Round of the CONCACAF Women’s Under-19 qualifying tournament in Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario from 28 May – 6 June 2004 that will qualify two teams to the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship being held from 10-27 November in Thailand.

Futsal Qualification
San José, Costa Rica will host the eight-team CONCACAF Futsal Final Round Qualification that must be completed by 31 July 2004 and will qualify two nations to the FIFA World Championship in Chinese Taipei from 29 November – 19 December.
 
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