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About the Central American Cup
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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