The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the national team championship for the confederation and is its premier event. It evolved from a series of tournaments in the region dating back to 1941 through the late 1980s, until it assumed its current format in 1991.
Initially an eight-team competition, the Gold Cup finals have grown into a 12-nation competition with countries qualifying from each of CONCACAF’s three sub-regions: North America (three automatic entrants), Central America (five qualifiers through the UNCAF Copa Centroamericana) and the Caribbean (four qualifiers through the Caribbean Cup).
Taking place every two years, the Gold Cup has attained exceptional levels of popularity, routinely drawing capacity crowds and millions of TV viewers throughout the world.
The Gold Cup has been contested on 11 previous occasions. Mexico owns a tournament-record six titles, followed by the United States with four and Canada with one.
The U.S. won the inaugural championship in 1991, outlasting Honduras in the final 4-3 on penalty kicks, following a scoreless draw. That year, the entire tournament took place in two Southern California venues (the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the Rose Bowl). In 2011, more than 600,000 fans attended matches played at 13 U.S. venues.
Mexico has lifted the trophy at the conclusion of last two editions and, in 2013, will be looking to win three straight Gold Cups for a second time.
The champion of the 2013 Gold Cup will qualify for a playoff match to decide which national team will represent the confederation in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The 2015 champion will become the second team to qualify for the single-game playoff, scheduled to take place in the second semester of that same year at a site to be determined. In the case that the same nation emerges victorious at both the 2013 and 2015 editions of the Gold Cup, that team will qualify directly to the next Confederations Cup.
CONCACAF Gold Cup/Copa Oro
Champions/Campeónes & Runners-up/Subcampeónes
Year/Año Champion/Campeón Runner-up/Subcampeón Result/Resultado
1991 USA Honduras 0-0 (4-3 pen)
1993 Mexico USA 4-0
1996 Mexico Brazil 2-0
1998 Mexico USA 1-0
2000 Canada Colombia 2-0
2002 USA Costa Rica 2-0
2003 Mexico Brazil 1-0 aet
2005 USA Panama 0-0 (3-1 pen)
2007 USA Mexico 2-1
2009 Mexico USA 5-0
2011 Mexico USA 4-2