Costa Rican champion Saprissa (pictured) is one of the teams participating in the inaugural UNCAF Women's Inter-Club Championship. (Photo courtesy of UNIFFUT)
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – The inaugural UNCAF Women’s Inter-Club Championship kicks off Tuesday with a doubleheader at the Estadio Ernesto Rohrmoser.
In the opener, Moravia (Costa Rica, runner-up) will face UNAN (Nicaragua, champion), followed by a meeting between Saprissa (Costa Rica, champion) and Pares (Guatemala, runner-up).
The six-team competition (two groups of three), which concludes on May 29, also includes Honduras’ Universidad and UNIFUT of Guatemala.
Victor Alfaro, president of the Costa Rican women’s football league, is excited that his country is hosting an event that is a significant milestone in the history of women’s football.
"There is no doubt that one feels pride when seeing that spaces are opening up for women, something we have fought hard to achieve,” he said in a pre-tournament press conference. “Costa Rica has been doing extraordinary things in football and the women have shown that they can compete, so making these tournaments will help to achieve our objectives.”
The top two teams from each trio will advance to the semifinals on May 28. A day later, the winners will square off in the final.
2016 UNCAF Women’s Inter-Club Championship
Estadio Ernesto Rohrmoser – Pavas, San Jose, Costa Rica
May 24-29, 2016
Group A: Saprissa, Universidad, Pares
Group B: UNIFUT, UNAN, Moravia
SCHEDULE (all games are 80 minutes in duration)
May 24, 2016
Moravia v UNAN
Saprissa v Pares
May 25, 2016
UNAN v UNIFUT
Pares v Universidad
May 26, 2016
UNIFUT v Moravia
Universidad v Saprissa
May 28, 2016
SF1: Group B winner v Group A runner-up
SF2: Group A winner v Group B runner-up
May 29, 2016
SF1 winner v SF2 winner