'Signals' From The Football Confederation
SIGNALS/SENALES/SIGNALS FROM THE FOOTBALL CONFEDERATION SENALES/SIGNALS/SENALES DE LA CONFEDERACION DE FUTBOL News and events from around the Football Confederation. December 14, 1999. DATES SET FOR INAUGURAL WOMEN'S GOLD CUP IN THE UNITED STATES The inaugural Women's Gold Cup will take place in the United States between June 23 and July 4, 2000 with the final taking place on US Independence Day. Eight teams will take part with three invited teams joining five from within the Football Confederation, one of which is expected to be the FIFA Women's World Cup holders, USA. The Confederation Executive Committee, at its meeting in New York on Monday, confirmed the dates and other issues for the event which will now parallel the importance of the men's Gold Cup which will take place in Miami, Los Angeles and San Diego from February 12 to 27. Venues for the Women's Gold Cup will be determined shortly; as will the names of the participating nations. TICKETS FOR THE FIRST GOLD CUP OF THE NEW MILLENIUM GO ON SALE TOMORROW The last version of the Gold Cup drew a total of 362,595 spectators and a Gold Cup Final crowd of 91,255. With a field of teams guaranteed to create another event of great football and fan interest, the 2000 edition promises to match and possibly surpass these numbers as tickets go on sale tomorrow (December 15) in all three venues: Miami, San Diego and Los Angeles. Full pricing for Gold Cup tickets and contact information: Miami: First round and quarter finals: General Admission, advance purchase $16; day of game $20. Reserved seats $25. Premier seats $30. Call Ticketmaster at Dade County (305) 358 5885, Broward County (954) 523-3309, and Palm Beach County (561) 966-3309. For more information and to purchase General Admission tickets call (305) 377-2767. Los Angeles and San Diego: First round and quarter finals: General Admission, advance purchase $20; day of game $25. Reserved seats, advance purchase $25; day of game $30. Premier seats $40. Semi finals: General admission, advance purchase $27; day of game $32. Reserved seats, advance purchase $32; day of game $37. Premier seats $45. Final (Los Angeles): General admission, advance purchase $30; day of game $35. Reserved seats, advance purchase $40; day of game $45. Premier seats $70. Call Ticketmaster at Los Angeles: (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000 or (805) 583-8700. Call Ticketmaster at San Diego: (619) 220-TIXS. Or order on line at www.ticketmaster.com For more information, group sales special packages and general admission locations in Southern California, call 1-800-668-8080. Gold Cup 2000 Groups and Full Schedule of Matches: Group A - Jamaica, Colombia, Honduras - Miami Group B - USA, Peru, Haiti - Miami Group C - Mexico, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago - San Diego Group D - Costa Rica, South Korea, Canada - Los Angeles. Schedule of games: 12.02.00 USA vs. Haiti (19:00); Colombia vs. Jamaica (21:00) in Miami 13.02.00 Costa Rica vs. Canada (12:00); Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago (14:00) in San Diego. 14.02.00 Jamaica vs. Honduras (19:00); Haiti vs. Peru (21:00) in Miami. 15.02.00 Korea vs. Canada (19:00); Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guatemala (21:00); in Los Angeles. 16.02.00 Honduras vs. Colombia (19:00); Peru vs. USA (21:00) in Miami. 17.02.00 Mexico vs. Guatemala (19:00); Korea vs. Costa Rica (21:00); in Los Angeles 19.02.00 (Quarterfinal A) Winner Group B vs. Runner up Group A (15:00); (Quarterfinal B) Winner Group A vs. Runner up Group B (17:30) in Miami. 20.02.00 (Quarterfinal C) Winner Group D vs. Runner up Group C (12:00); (Quarterfinal D) Winner Group C vs. Runner up Group D (14:30) in San Diego. 23.02.00 (Semifinal 1) Winner Quarterfinal A vs. Winner Quarterfinal B (20:00) in San Diego. 24.02.00 (Semifinal 2) Winner Quarterfinal C vs. Winner Quarterfinal D (20:00) in Los Angeles. 27.02.00 (Final) Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2 (12:00) in Los Angeles. GOLD CUP 2000 MEDIA ACCREDITATION FORMS NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE Media accreditation forms are now available on-line at the Football Confederation's official web site: www.FootballConfederation.com and can be downloaded for immediate use by media outlets interested in covering the event. Please read the instructions carefully and submit all information together via regular mail only. Applications will not be accepted via fax or email. The deadline to receive all completed applications is January 21, 2000. Forms will also be mailed to the 12 national associations competing in the event. It is the responsibility of the national associations to distribute the forms to their national media. To download form visit the Competitions section of the FC official web site, and click on Gold Cup 2000. MEXICAN TORNEO INVIERNO PLAYOFFS - PACHUCA CONTINUES DREAM RUN ADVANCING TO THE FINAL AFTER ELIMINATING TOP SEED ATLAS Pachuca FC, reportedly the first football club founded in Mexico in the year 1900, is seeking to make another landmark in that country's football history. The surprising club, seeded seventh going into the playoffs, is seeking to win its first ever First Division championship as it readies to take on Cruz Azul in the final home and away series starting tomorrow December 15 at Miguel Hidalgo Stadium in Pachuca. Despite losing the return match 0-1, Pachuca eliminated top seed Atlas on a 2-1 aggregate based on its 2-0 victory at home in the first leg of the series. Tournament rules dictate that the team scoring the highest number of goals is declared the winner of each series. In the other semifinal, the "Cement Makers" of Cruz Azul beat America, 2-1, and advanced to the finals. The first leg ended 0-0. Pachuca won three national titles in the amateur era, 1904-05, 1917-18, and 1919-20, but it has yet to win a championship since the professional era began back in 1943. The team was founded by British mechanics and miners in 1900 and was originally named: "Pachuca Athletic Club". The first tournament sanctioned by the Mexican Football League Association began on July 19, 1902. Besides Pachuca, by then known as "Reforma Athletic Club", they were joined by "El Orizaba A.C.", "El British Club, F.C." and "El MÚxico Cricket Club", also founded by British citizens. Pachuca, a city 94 kilometers north of Mexico City, is known as "The Airy Beauty", because of the strong winds that predominate during most of the year. CENTRAL AMERICAN PLAYOFFS UPDATE - IN GUATEMALA FINAL FEATURES THE CLASSIC MATCH BETWEEN "REDS" AND "WHITES" Top seed Municipal defeated the revelation team of the season Coban Imperial, 3-1 and advanced to the final on a narrow 4-3 aggregate score. The "Reds" will face archrival Comunicaciones, popularly known as the "Whites" in the final home and away series. The "Whites" defeated USAC 3-1 and qualified to the final on the strength of a 4-1 aggregate score. Motagua won the two rounds of Torneo Apertura in Honduras on the strength of its victory, 3-1 over Broncos. Now Motagua will aim to win the league title having qualified to the final hexagonal along with Victoria, Olimpia and Broncos. Two more teams will qualify after the final regular season matches conclude. In El Salvador, Aguila defeated FAS, 3-2 in the first leg of their semifinal series. Alianza and Lime±o tied 1-1 in the other semifinal. The return legs will be played this weekend with the single-match final slated for December 26. U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM WILL OPEN 2000 IN AUSTRALIA The U.S. Women's National Team will begin its quest for the inaugural Women's Gold Cup in Australia. The team will travel Down Under in early January to compete in the Australia Cup. The Americans will take on the Czech Republic (Jan. 7), Sweden (Jan. 10) and host Australia (Jan. 13) in the four-team, six-game tournament. The trip to Australia will help the team become acclimated to the conditions, fields and environments they will encounter next September when they defend the Olympic title won in Athens, Ga. in 1996. The U.S. team will depart for Australia on Jan. 2. The U.S. Women's National Team will open its 2000 domestic campaign on Sunday, February 6, with a match against long-time rival Norway at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The game between the only two countries to ever win a Women's World Cup (14:00). 2nd Annual Australia Cup Schedule 07.01.00 USA vs. Czech Republic, Olympic Park, Melbourne (18:00) 07.01.00 Australia vs. Sweden, North Sydney Oval, Sydney (18:00) 10.01.00 Sweden vs. USA, Bob Jane Stadium, Melbourne (17:30) 10.01.00 Australia vs. C. Republic, Bob Jane Stadium, Melbourne (19:30) 13.01.00 Czech Republic vs. Sweden, Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide (17:30) 13.01.00 Australia vs. USA, Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide (19:30) INAUGURAL COPA PUERTO RICO KICKS OFF FEBRUARY 22 IN SAN JUAN The inaugural Copa Puerto Rico, featuring three international clubs and the local national team, will make its debut on February 22nd in Sixto Escobar Stadium in San Juan, according to Luis Russi, President of the Puerto Rico National Federation. Mexican 1998 Torneo Verano runner up and 1999 Torneo Invierno semifinalist Atlas is among the three clubs competing in the tournament. They are joined by the Tampa Bay Mutiny of MLS and prestigious European club FC Dinamo Minsk. The Puerto Rican national team will use the tournament as valuable preparation for its clash against Aruba in their first qualifying match for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. In addition to competing in the event, FC Dinamo Minsk will also provide a month long training camp involving a Russian sports organization. The competition is part of a broad program to improve the level of football played in the island and is supported widely by various Puerto Rican sports organizations. Doubleheaders are scheduled for February 22, 24 and 26th. CFU UNDER-15 COMPETITION UPDATE Trinidad & Tobago I eliminated St. Vincent & the Grenadines with its 2-0 victory in the 1999 CFU U-15 tournament. With the latest results, Trinidad & Tobago I moves forward while Trinidad & Tobago II goes out after being eliminated by Haiti. The Haitians defeated the West Indians 2-1 in their second match. Results to date: 06.11.99 Aruba vs. NAVU, 3:0 07.11.99 U.S.V.I. vs. Anguilla, 1:1 07.11.99 B.V.I.O. vs. Antigua, 0:27 07.11.99 Dominica vs. Martinique, 1:0 07.11.99 Cayman Islands vs. Dominican Republic, 3:2 20.11.99 Netherlands Antilles vs. Aruba, 4:1 05.12.99 Barbados vs. Guyana, 1:1 05.12.99 Trinidad & Tobago I vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 4:0 05.12.99 Trinidad & Tobago II vs. Haiti, 1:2 12.12.99 St. Vincent and The Grenadines vs. Trinidad and Tobago I, 0:2 12.12.99 Haiti vs. Trinidad & Tobago II, 2:1 Pending matches: 12.12.99 Grenada vs. Netherlands Antilles 12.12.99 Guyana vs. Barbados 12.12.99 St. Kitts/Nevis vs. Antigua/Barbuda 12.12.99 St. Lucia vs. Dominica 19.12.99 Bermuda vs. Cayman Islands 19.12.99 Bahamas vs. Winner Anguilla / U.S.V.I. The Football Confederation is one of six FIFA world Confederations serving as the governing body of soccer in North, Central America and the Caribbean. It is composed of 38 members, spanning from Canada in the north to Surinam in the south. For the latest information about the Football Confederation please visit our official web site: www.FootballConfederation.com. Also visit the Confederations news section in FIFA On-Line, the official FIFA web site: www.FIFA.com. Issued by the Football Confederation's Communications Department. Carlos Giovanni Giron, Press Officer.