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Soccer is more than just a sport, it’s a way people live. It’s what they eat, think and breathe. It’s tradition passed from generation to generation. It’s entertainment, passion and family 90 minutes at a time.
Take in the revelry as history is made Sunday, July 28th as the Gold Cup finals take place on Soldier Field. Enter to win two tickets to witness the crowning of the 2013 CONCAFAF Gold Cup champions.
The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the national team championship for the confederation and is its premier event. It evolved from a series of tournaments in the region dating back to 1941 through the late 1980s, until it assumed its current format in 1991.
Initially an eight-team competition, the Gold Cup finals have grown into a 12-nation competition with countries qualifying from each of CONCACAF’s three sub-regions: North America (three automatic entrants), Central America (five qualifiers through the UNCAF Copa Centroamericana) and the Caribbean (four qualifiers through the Caribbean Cup).
Taking place every two years, the Gold Cup has attained exceptional levels of popularity, routinely drawing capacity crowds and millions of TV viewers throughout the world.
The Gold Cup has been contested on 11 previous occasions. Mexico owns a tournament-record six titles, followed by the United States with four and Canada with one.
Mexico has lifted the trophy at the conclusion of last two editions and, in 2013, will be looking to win three straight Gold Cups for a second time.
The champion of the 2013 Gold Cup will qualify for a playoff match to decide which national team will represent the confederation in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The 2015 champion will become the second team to qualify for the single-game playoff, scheduled to take place in the second semester of that same year at a site to be determined. In the case that the same nation emerges victorious at both the 2013 and 2015 editions of the Gold Cup, that team will qualify directly to the next Confederations Cup.