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CONCACAF celebrates 50 years

Posted on 20 January 2011 in CONCACAF

CONCACAF, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, celebrates its 50th anniversary this calendar year of 2011. To celebrate the milestone, CONCACAF has announced plans for a year-long series of events commemorating 50 years. The 50th anniversary will be incorporated into all confederation activities, including a gala celebration during the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer.

"Our confederation has grown dramatically the past half century," said CONCACAF President Jack Warner. "We look forward to celebrating this milestone all year."

This year, the CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship takes place in February in Montego Bay, Jamaica while the CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship takes place in April in Ciudad Guatemala, Guatemala. The CONCACAF Men's Gold Cup takes place in June in numerous cities across USA.

This year's CONCACAF Gold Cup runs 5-25 June in 11 cities across USA. Canada's three group matches will be played in either Dallas-Charlotte-Chicago, Los Angeles-Miami-New York, or Detroit-Tampa-Kansas. Quarter-final matches are played in New Jersey and Washington, semi-final matches are played in Houston, and the final is played in Los Angeles at the Rose Bowl.

While Canada's group opponents have yet to be announced, 11 of the 12 qualified teams have already been determined. Already qualified are Canada, Mexico (defending champions), USA, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Cuba, Grenada, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Panama. Either Guatemala or Nicaragua will be the 12th team, with the qualifier to be decided on Friday 21 January.

CONCACAF is the governing body for football in the region, one of six continental authorities that administer the game along with FIFA, the world governing body. Formed in 1961 from the merger of the Football Confederation of Central America and the Caribbean (CCCF) and the North American Football Confederation (NAFC), CONCACAF has 40 member associations, including three on the South American continent.

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