U.S., Costa Rica, Honduras win in Jamaica
Costa Rica, the United States and Honduras won their opening games at the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship by identical 3-1 scores Monday in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
William Quiros and Johnley Chery traded first-half goals before Leiva gave Costa Rica the lead for good against Haiti in the day's first match. John Ruiz added the insurance two minutes into the second half and Haiti's efforts to overcome a two-goal deficit were all but destroyed when Renato Etienne was expelled in the 83rd minute.
Alfred Koroma gave the United States a 27th-minute lead and Andrew Oliver and Esteban Rodriguez Jr. added second-half goals to pace the Americans to a 3-1 victory over Cuba.
On Tuesday, Honduras defeated Barbados 2-1 in a match that saw the Catrachos come back from a 1-0 deficit. Eder Velasquez scored the winning goal in injury time.
Later on in the afternoon, Jamaica and Trinidad tied 2-2. Shackiel Henry scored both goals for Trinidad while Jamaica equalized late in the second half on a goal by Jomal Williams. Referees, elite assessors meet in Montego Bay
The referees and elite assessors participating in the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship met Sunday in advance of the competition as part of the confederation's program to improve the quality of officiating.
The session was led by FIFA and CONCACAF referee committee members Lisle Austin and Carlos Batres. They covered many critical topics, including referee administration, player management and game control. Over the coming weeks, CONCACAF will direct resources toward enhancing the assessment abilities of those who evaluate referees -- the referee assessors.
FIFA instructors Esse Baharmast and Peter Prendergast are in Jamaica to work with each assessor in areas specific to their duties.
Warner reelected as president of CFU
The CFU Congress today re-elected Jack Warner as president, Horace Burrell of Jamaica and Colin Klass of Guyana as vice presidents, and Lionel Haven of the Bahamas, Victor Daniel of Grenada, Luis Hernandez of Cuba and Yves-Jean Bart of Haiti to the CFU executive committee.
All seven ran unopposed at the congress in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Caribbean Cup finals to be played June-July 2012
The finals of the 2012 Caribbean Cup will be played in June-July instead of their usual late fall-early winter timeframe, the Caribbean Football Union decided at its annual congress on Tuesday.
The move is designed to incorporate the finals of Caribbean nations' championship into the off-season period of most European leagues and allow for the availability of more players. The tournament decides the CFU's four berths in the biennial CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Draw sets groups for Under-20 Championship
Defending champion Costa Rica will head Group C and play Canada and Guadeloupe in the first round of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, while five-time champion Mexico will play Trinidad & Tobago and Cuba in Group D.
Friday's draw at the InterContinental Hotel in Guatemala City set the matchups for the round-robin play with the United States facing Panama and Suriname in Group B, and host Guatemala taking on Central American rival Honduras and Jamaica in Group A.
The tournament, set for March 28-April 10 in Guatemala City, will determine the region's four qualifiers for the U-20 World Cup in Colombia July 29-August 20.
Like the U-17 championship tournament format, the top two teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals April 5-6 with the winners qualifying for Colombia.
Canada submits documents for Women's World Cup bid
Canada formally submitted its bid documentation Tuesday to host the 2015 Women's World Cup and 2014 Under-20 Women's World Cup.
At a ceremony at FIFA House, a delegation headed by Canadian Minister of State (Sport) Gary Lunn and Canadian Soccer Association President Dominic Maestracci presented the bid books that will be used in the country's attempt to beat out Zimbabwe for the two tournaments. The document submission was the latest in a series of steps, following Canada's initial expression of interest in September and formal notification in November, prior to FIFA's choice of the venue at a March 3 Executive Committee meeting.
Belize Defense Force wins league title
Belize Defense Force defeated Toledo Ambassadors 2-0 to win the Belizean Premier Football League title on Sunday.
The teams drew 0-0 in the first leg last weekend. It is the third title in a row for the club.
National association matches
QATAR- HAITI 0:1
12.18.2010 - San Pedro Sula, Honduras:
HONDURAS - PANAMA 2:1
12.28.2010 - Barcelona:
CATALUNYA - HONDURAS 4:0
1.22.2011 - Carson, California:
PANAMA - PERU 0:1
2.8.2011: Moquegua, Peru:
UNITED STATES - CHILE 1:1
2.9.2011: Larissa, Greece:
GREECE - CANADA 1:0
2.9.2011: San Salvador, El Salvador:
EL SALVADOR - HAITI 1:0
2.9.2011: La Ceiba, Honduras:
HONDURAS - ECUADOR 1:1
MEXICO - BOSNIA 2:0
2.9.2011: Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela:
VENEZUELA - COSTA RICA 2:2
3.26.2011: San Jose, Costa Rica:
COSTA RICA - CHINA
3.26.2011: New York:
UNITED STATES - ARGENTINA
MEXICO - PARAGUAY
3.26.2011: Havana, Cuba:
CUBA - PANAMA
3.29.2011: San Jose, Costa Rica:
COSTA RICA - ARGENTINA
UNITED STATES - PARAGUAY