The Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol (Central American Football Union), more commonly known by the acronym UNCAF , represents the national football teams of Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Its member associations are part of CONCACAF.


The UNCAF organize various competitions, the Central American Cup is played every two years, starting in 1991, and usually feature the seven national teams. Costa Rica is the most successful team, winning the tournament eight times (1991, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, and 2014). Honduras have won the tournament four times (1993, 1995, 2011, and 2017). Guatemala won the tournament in 2001, and Panama won it in 2009. This tournament usually runs as a qualification round for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The UNCAF also ran the Copa Interclubes UNCAF, a competition for the champions and runners-up of the domestic leagues of the UNCAF members; C.D. Motagua ( Honduras) was the last champion ( 2007). Similarly to the Central American Cup, this competition qualified three teams to the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. As it expanded into the CONCACAF Champions League in 2008, all of the Central American nations have at least one team and the Copa Interclubes UNCAF was disbanded.


National teams

Club teams

National teams appearances in international tournaments

National team World Cup Women's World Cup Gold Cup Women's Gold Cup
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Costa Rica
4 1 11 2
Honduras 3 0 11 0
El Salvador 2 0 8 0
Guatemala 0 0 9 1
Panama 0 0 8 2
Belize 0 0 1 0
Nicaragua 0 0 2 0

Title holders

UNCAF runs several competitions which cover men's, women's, youth and futsal.

Competition Holders Current event
Copa Centroamericana Honduras 2017
UNCAF U-23 Honduras 2015
UNCAF U-20 Honduras 2016
UNCAF U-17 Costa Rica 2016
UNCAF U-16 Tournament Costa Rica 2017
UNCAF Futsal Guatemala 2016
UNCAF Interclub Cup Motagua 2007
Copa Centroamericana Women's Costa Rica 2014
UNCAF Women's U-20 Costa Rica, Nicaragua 2017
UNCAF Women's U-17 Costa Rica 2017
UNCAF Women's Interclub Championship Moravia 2017

See also