CONCACAFIn this post on the language of football, we explain the meaning of the word, ‘CONCACAF’, which is one of the world’s football organisations. If you have questions or comments, email us at:

Football Language: CONCACAF

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football or CONCACAF organises football in three regions of the Americas. There are three teams from the northern region, seven from Central America, 28 from the Caribbean and three other countries that are geographically in South America to give a total of 41 members. CONCACAF, like its counterparts in Europe (UEFA), South America (CONMEBOL), Oceania (OFC) and Africa (CAF) organises the regional turnament – the CONCACAF Gold Cup which is played by international sides every two years and the yearly CONCACAF Champions League for club sides. The 2019 Gold Cup was the first time that 16 teams took part in the competition, while the team with most continental titles is Mexico with 7 titles followed by great rivals the USA with 6.

  • Example: When asked about scheduling the Gold Cup final on the same day as the Women’s World Cup, ‘CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani told The New York Times, … the decision to schedule the Gold Cup final for Sunday was not deliberate and was due to a “clerical error.” (New York Times, July 4th 2019)

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