'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. October 26, 1999. ROAD TO GOLD CUP 2000 COMPETING TEAMS BEGIN TO PREPARE IN EARNEST FOR THE AMERICAS' FIRST MAJOR COMPETITION FOR NATIONAL TEAMS OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM MEXICO Gears Up To Defend Its Gold Cup Title by Taking on Ecuador in Houston Tomorrow. Reigning Gold Cup champions Mexico, has begun to prepare in earnest for its defense of the title playing matches against quality South American teams. Following their 0-0 draw against Colombia in San Diego last week, Mexico is set to take on its third South American foe in a row (before Colombia, Mexico played Paraguay). This time it will be Ecuador in Houston, Texas. Head coach Manuel Lapuente has taken full advantage of the preparatory matches, experimenting with new lineups and tinkering with formations in search of the best possible team and strategy to defend their prestigious international title. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO Lines up Quality Central and South American Opposition Seeking to Make Its Mark in Gold Cup 2000. Trinidad & Tobago has set an intense training program ahead in preparation for its participation in the 2000 Gold Cup. Before the team makes its debut in the tournament, February 13th against Mexico, they would have undergone challenging tests against top opposition from Central and South America. Their international preparatory matches include a clash with Central American champions Costa Rica, on November 14, and December matches against World Cup 1998 finalists Paraguay on the 12th, and Bolivia on the 17th. THE UNITED STATES Goes On The Road For Tough Tests Against World Cup 1999 finalists Morocco and Chile. Gold Cup 1998 runner up, the United States, has decided to go on the road to seek the best possible preparation for their run to win the 2000 Gold Cup. The U.S. team will travel to Morocco to take on the 1998 World Cup finalists on November 17th. Then on January 29th, the team will play for the first time in Chilean soil to challenge that country's solid national side. The Football Confederation's 2000 Gold Cup, 10-27 February, will be staged in Los Angeles, San Diego and Miami. The tournament kicks off February 10 when the United States takes on Haiti at Miami's Orange Bowl. After 19 games between the 12 competing national teams, the first champion of the new millenium will be awarded the Gold Cup at the Los Angeles Coliseum on February 27. Gold Cup 2000 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE FOOTBALL CONFEDERATION POSTPONED UNTIL DECEMBER 12-14 IN NEW YORK CITY The Executive Committee meeting of the Football Confederation has been postponed from November 5 and 6 to December 12 to 14, at the request of the President, Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago. The meeting, with its more than 50 agenda items, will now take place in New York City, at the Football Confederations' headquarters, after Mr. Warner's return from New Zealand, where he will attend the FIFA Junior (Under 17) World Championship as Chairman of the FIFA Committee for Youth Competitions. After New Zealand, and before the Football Confederation's Executive Committee meeting, Mr. Warner and The FC General Secretary and FIFA Executive Committee member, Chuck Blazer, will attend the FIFA Executive Committee meeting and draw for the preliminary rounds of the 2002 World Cup in Tokyo, Japan, from December 5 to 7. Meanwhile, Mr. Blazer, will spend this week in Zurich for a series of FIFA committee meetings. He is a member of the Organizing Committee for the Club World Championship, whose meeting was today (October 26). Tomorrow it is the turn of the National Associations' Committee, of which he is Deputy Chairman. On Friday, he will attend the Players' Status Committee of which he is a member and then Chair the meeting of the Media Committee. Mr. Blazer will also meet with the FIFA Head of Marketing, Flavio Battaini, to finalize the text of the Virtual Advertising Regulations in preparation for presentation to the FIFA Executive Committee in December. Nine of the FIFA standing committees are meeting in FIFA headquarters in Zurich from Tuesday, 26 October to Friday, 29 October. The Football Committee, under the chairmanship of the President of the Spanish national association and member of the FIFA Executive Committee, Angel Maria Villar, and including such celebrities as former Mexican National Team striker Hugo Sanchez, U.S. National Team midfielder Michelle Akers, PelÚ, Sir Bobby Charlton and Franz Beckenbauer, will be looking for opportunities to harmonize the different interests of all the parties involved - clubs and national teams as well as the worlds of sport and marketing. Topics such as stricter rules for transfers and stabilizing the financial circumstances of clubs will be under discussion, as will the match calendar and professional refereeing. The Futsal Committee, under the careful eye of Deputy Chairman and FIFA Executive Committee Member, Isaac Sasso Sasso of Costa Rica, will be discussing preparations for the Futsal World Championship to be held in Guatemala in November, 2000. The group draw for the Futsal World Championship will take place towards the end of August 2000. The Olympic Tournaments Committee, where Mr. Sasso Sasso serves as member, will have to decide whether world champions USA, should be seeded for the women's tournament. Similarly, the host, Australia, for the men's tournament. CUBA SECURES FINAL CARIBBEAN SLOT IN THE FOOTBALL CONFEDERATION'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT Cuba defeated the Dominican Republic 4-0 in the second of their home and away qualifying series, and advanced to the second round of Olympic qualifying of The Football Confederation. Cuba won 7-0 on aggregate, so now all three of the second round Olympic qualifying groups have been finalized. The groups are: GROUP A -- USA (bye), PANAMA, CUBA, BERMUDA GROUP B -- MEXICO, COSTA RICA, JAMAICA, HONDURAS GROUP C -- CANADA, GUATEMALA, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES, T&T Full schedule of games will be announced. Matches are scheduled for March and April. Specific dates will be announced. The format of The FC's qualifying competition for the Olympic Football Tournament, Sydney 2000 is as follows: - Twelve teams have been placed in three groups of four and will compete in a round robin with the top two teams earning a berth to the finals to be held in the United States, April 21-30, 2000. As hosts, the United States receives a bye into the finals. - Each group will play in a different venue. Venues will be announced. CANADIAN SOCCER ASSOCIATION ENDORSES PLAN TO DECENTRALIZE NATIONAL TRAINING CENTERS At its semi-annual Board of Directors meeting held recently in Ottawa, The Canadian Soccer Association endorsed the recommendations in a recent major study conducted by Technical Director Holger Osieck and Vice President Andy Sharpe. The major change will be to turn over the operations of its current four National Training Centers to the provincial football associations. The centers, located in Burnaby, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal with a fifth center in Halifax coming on stream in 2000, will now be managed by the host football body. The CSA will continue to work closely with the provincial football associations. Among other things, the CSA will provide CSA National coaches to liaise with the centers and provide advice and consulting services to each center, including monitoring the development of identified National Team athletes and scouting. CSA National coaches will also conduct clinics to develop coaches in the Provinces to attain "A" and "B" License Certification. The CSA Board of Directors recently approved a record high budget for the year 2000 approaching the $8 million dollar mark. Spending on the priority programs of player development, competitions and national teams programs has increased from $3 million in 1998 to $6.4 million in 2000. The Board of Directors also approved terms of references for a Focus Group on Women's Football Development. This group will be under the Chair of Board member Sylvie Beliveau and will consist of new Head Coach, Even Pellerud, Technical Director Holger Osieck, a senior playing member of the Women's National Team and the Chief Operating Officer. "I was pleased with the three and a half days of intense discussions," stated CSA President Jim Fleming. "The Board worked hard and is dealing with issues of major importance for the future of the sport in Canada." THREE OF THE FOUR SEMIFINALISTS EMERGE IN MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER. DEFENDING CHAMPION CHICAGO MUST WIN TOMORROW ON THE ROAD. Two-time champions DC United defeated the Miami Fusion in their best of three series (2-0, and 1-1 via shootout) in quarterfinals action of the United States' top professional league, Major League Soccer. DC United will face the Columbus Crew, straight winners over Tampa Bay (2-0 and 2-0), in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Over at the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Galaxy secured a berth to the semifinals defeating the Colorado Rapids in straight games (3-0 and 2-0). They await the outcome of the series between defending champions Chicago Fire and the suddenly hot Dallas Burn. That series is tied one a game apiece (Dallas: 2-1, Chicago: 4-0). The deciding match will be played tomorrow October 27 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. The four semifinalists will battle to reach the final of MLS Cup '99, set for November 21st at Foxboro Stadium in Massachusetts. MEXICAN FIRST DIVISION - TOLUCA IS THE FIRST QUARTERFINALIST Toluca beat Guadalajara 1-0 with a solitary goal by Paraguayan striker Jose Cardozo. The victory, coupled with UNAM's defeat, 1-3, against Puebla, assured Toluca a first place finish in Group 1 and one of the eight spots in the "Liguilla" (eight-team playoff pool). Cardozo's goal was his ninth of the season, one behind top scorer Jesus Olalde, who netted UNAM's only goal in their loss to Puebla. Toluca (28 pts.) and Cruz Azul (22 pts) enjoy a comfortable lead in Group 1 and 2, respectively (Toluca with an 11 point lead over its closest rival, Tecos, and Cruz Azul with a 7 point lead over Morelia). Meanwhile, Atlas and America share the top spot in Group 3 (23 pts.). But the tightest race is occurring in Group 4, where Necaxa and Guadalajara are even at the top (20 pts.), with second placed team, Pachuca, trailing by only one point. Brazilian veteran Bebeto scored his second goal of the Invierno championship but was unable to save troubled Neza from tumbling to another defeat. Neza is fourth in Group 1. USA WOMEN INDOOR TOUR KICKS OFF WITH CONSECUTIVE U.S. VICTORIES The "Toys 'R' Us Indoor Victory Tour" kicked off last Friday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the world champions U.S. Women's National Team overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat the World All-Star Team, 9-6, in the first match of the 12-city tour. Cindy Parlow notched three goals, while Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett each scored a pair for the U.S. at the Civic Arena. On Sunday in Detroit for the second stop of the 12-city tour, Brandi Chastain had three goals, including the game-winner in sudden death overtime as the U.S. improved to 2-0 against the World Stars with a 7-6 victory at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Danielle Fotopoulos also scored twice, while Kristine Lilly and Christie Pearce added a goal each for the U.S. The tour continues this Friday in Cleveland at the Cleveland State University Convocation Center and then Sunday in Chicago, Illinois, at the Allstate Arena. MIA HAMM NAMED WSF TEAM SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR U.S. Women's National Team forward Mia Hamm was named the Women's Sports Foundation "Team Sportswoman of the Year" for the second time in three years. Hamm, who has been honored five straight years as U.S. Soccer's "Chevrolet Female Athlete of the Year," scored 13 goals and 16 assists in 26 games, helping the team to their 1999 Women's World Cup championship. THE FC TECHNICAL DIRECTOR MARCOS FALOPA TO SPEAK AT ENGLAND'S CONFERENCE OF EUREOPEAN COACHES The Football Confederation's Technical Director Marcos Falopa is among a select group of coaching experts invited to make a presentation at a Conference of European Technical Directors organized and hosted by the English FA, October 23-26. Mr. Falopa used the occasion to launch a new CD for technical development based on his acclaimed book: "The Brazilian Way." 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.