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CONCACAF Gold Cup 2017 - How It Works

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2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

How The CONCACAF Gold Cup® Works
A brief explaination

Soccer at the International level is administered by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Confederation of North American, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), is an administrating organization for the region covering North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Soccer does not have "rules", but instead has "The Laws Of The Game". And while I'm referring to "Soccer" here, be aware that in the wider world outside the United States, this game is called "Football".

There are only FOUR types of soccer matches. Qualifiers, where the the National Teams of each FIFA Member State are qualifying for the World Cup (or a regional Tournament), "Friendlies", which are "training matches" where the National Teams train by playing matches against each other, Other tournaments, of which the Gold Cup is one, and most important of all, the World Cup matches. Getting into the Olympic Footbal tournament is not considered as important as getting into the World Cup. It's a little more complicated than that, but it's the basics you need to know right now.

12 nations have qualified to be in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. They are broken up into 3 groups of 4 teams each. In the 1st Round, each team plays the other three teams in it's group twice (once as the designated "Home Team", and once as "away"), so every team plays at least 6 matches in the Gold Cup. A win is worth 3 points, a tie is worth 1 point, and a loss is worth 0 points. The points are added up, and the top two teams in each group goes on to the 2nd Round.

If there is a tie for 2nd place, then the number of goals scored are compared, and a 2nd place team is determined. Third place teams play a "knock Out Round" to see who can move on to the Round Of 16. It's all laid out in The Laws Of The Game. There is a complicated method of determining the Third Place team within a Group, but in tournments of this size, the third place teams go on into the Round Of 16, as well as the first and second place teams of the Group.

At the end of the First Round, the teams play their matches at the same time. The last points needed to advance to the Second Round can go back & forth during those matches as teams score goals, changing the possible outcomes.

If you're looking at one of the printed schedules of the 2nd round matches, the teams are represented by a number and a letter until the top two teams of each group are determined, and the designators can be replaced by the official three letter country code. 1A refers to the 1 place team in Group A, while 2B refers to the 2nd place team in Group B. This allows the schedule to be released two years in advance of the tournament. The second round matches with multiple letters will have get their teams "trimmed down" as the matches play out.

On this web site, the Second Round schedule will be added later on in the tournament.

How to tell the teams apart

FIFA's laws state that the Home Team shall be listed first, and Visiting Team second. The Home Team will usually wear a white jersey, or a jersey with the National Colors. If not, then the tab under the score or next tothe Team Country Codes will show the jersey colors for each team.

How the USA got through to the Second Round in Brazil

In Group G of World Cup Brazil 2014, the USA and Portugal wound up tied at 4 points each. The thing is, The USA was ahead on "Points Diferential", the next criterea for determining in going forward to the "Knockout Round". Both teams had scored 4 goals in their matches, but Portugal had 7 goals scored against them, and that's how the USA went ahead.

Why we support International Soccer

Ozzie Osband, the fellow behind PHonePHriendly.Com, was a volunteer at the Citrus Bowl, a World Cup venue during World Cup USA 1994®. Ozzie knows what the World Cup means to the rest of the world, and is happy that Soccer is one area where the USA joins the rest of the world in something.

When not watching soccer on the International level, Ozzie provides a PHone PHriendly schedule of the Orlando City Soccer Club in Major League Soccer.

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