Mexico’s Pachuca CF claimed the 2006 Copa Nissan Sudamericana after defeating home team Colo Colo of Chile 2 – 1 in the second leg of the final at the National Stadium in Santiago on 13 December, thereby winning the series 3 – 2 on aggregate. Pachuca CF, playing as a guest team, therefore became the first Mexican team (national or club) to win a CINMEBOL tournament and added another trophy to an impressive list of honors that also included four Mexican League titles and the 2002 CONCACAF Champion’s Cup.
The final of the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2006, in which SC Internacional of Brazil defeated Barcelona of Spain 1 – 0 on 17 December, was officiated by an all-CONCACAF referee crew. Carlos Batres of Gauatemala had the honor of refereeing the match at the International Stadium in Yokohama, where Leonel Leal Bermudez of Costa Rica and Carlos Enrique Pastrana of Honduras assisted him. This was the second consecutive FIFA Club World Cup final to be officiated by a CONCACAF referee crew.
A three-day workshop for women’s football development was held at the Center of Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago in December. 19 participants from 16 CONCACAF member associations took part in the event, which had The FA’s Football Development Manager, Ros Potts, Regional Football Development Manager Helen Croft and Birmingham County FA Football Development Manager Natalie Justice as instructors.