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  • About the Central American Cup

    Since its inaugural edition in 1991, the Central American Cup (Copa Centroamericana) has served as the championship for the region’s national teams and as a CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying competition.

    It has been contested on 13 occasions within the borders of an affiliated member association, with the exception of 2014, when it was played in the United States to celebrate the Central American Football Union’s 25th anniversary.

    Costa Rica is the current Central American Cup champion, lifting the trophy a record eight times.  Honduras is next with three titles, while Guatemala and Panama have won one apiece.  Belize, El Salvador and Nicaragua round out the list of participants.

    The 2017 edition will be played entirely at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, Panama, using a round-robin, single-table format.  Each of the top four finishers will qualify directly to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, while the fifth-place team will participate in a two-match playoff against Haiti – winner of the 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean fifth-place playoff -- in order to determine the event's 12th and last berth.

    CENTRAL AMERICAN CUP (COPA CENTROAMERICANA)
    All-Time CONCACAF Gold Cup Qualifiers
    (all qualified for CONCACAF Gold Cup unless indicated otherwise)

    1991 -- Costa Rica (for 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup)
    Champion: Costa Rica
    Runner-up: Honduras
    Third Place: Guatemala 

    1993 -- Honduras (for 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup)           
    Champion: Honduras
    Runner-up: Costa Rica
    Third Place: Panama 

    1995 -- El Salvador (for 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup)           
    Champion: Honduras
    Runner-up: Guatemala
    Third Place: El Salvador 

    1997 -- Guatemala (for 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup)           
    Champion: Costa Rica
    Runner-up: Guatemala
    Third Place: El Salvador
    Fourth Place: Honduras 

    1999 -- Costa Rica (for 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup)           
    Champion: Costa Rica
    Runner-up: Guatemala
    Third Place: Honduras
    Fourth Place: El Salvador*
    * advanced to Gold Cup playoff, but did not qualify 

    2001 -- Honduras (for 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup)           
    Champion: Guatemala
    Runner-up: Costa Rica
    Third Place: El Salvador
    Fourth Place: Panama*
    * advanced to Gold Cup playoff, but did not qualify 

    2003 -- Panama (for 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup)           
    Champion: Costa Rica
    Runner-up: Guatemala
    Third Place: El Salvador
    Fourth Place:   Honduras^*
    ^ finished in Fourth Place ahead of Panama by a drawing of lots        
    * advanced to Gold Cup playoff and qualified 

    2005 -- Guatemala (for 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup)           
    Champion: Costa Rica
    Runner-up: Honduras
    Third Place: Guatemala
    Fourth Place: Panama 

    2007 -- El Salvador (for 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup)           
    Champion: Costa Rica
    Runner-up: Panama
    Third Place: Guatemala
    Fourth Place: El Salvador
    Fifth Place: Honduras 

    2009 -- Honduras (for 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup)           
    Champion: Panama
    Runner-up: Costa Rica
    Third Place: Honduras
    Fourth Place: El Salvador
    Fifth Place: Nicaragua

    2011 -- Panama (for 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup)           
    Champion: Honduras
    Runner-up: Costa Rica
    Third Place: Panama
    Fourth Place: El Salvador
    Fifth Place: Guatemala 

    2013 -- Costa Rica (for 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup)           
    Champion: Costa Rica
    Runner-up: Honduras
    Third Place: El Salvador
    Fourth Place: Belize
    Fifth Place: Panama 

    2014 -- USA (for 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup)
    Champion: Costa Rica
    Runner-up: Guatemala
    Third Place: Panama
    Fourth Place: El Salvador
    Fifth Place: Honduras*
    * advanced to Gold Cup playoff and qualified


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