If the US ladies’s nationwide staff goes to qualify for the upcoming World Cup and Olympics, they now have a roadmap for a way they’ll do it.
The CONCACAF W Championship, which can double as a qualification event for each the Girls’s World Cup and the Olympics for the primary time, has been scheduled for July 4-18, 2022 in Monterrey, Mexico.
The USWNT and Canada will mechanically compete within the W Championship whereas 30 different groups will compete for the ultimate six slots in a play-in event beginning this week that runs by way of April.
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The highest 4 finishers from the eight groups competing within the W Championship will mechanically qualify for the 2023 Girls’s World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand. It’s extra forgiving than earlier than because the World Cup has been elevated from 24 groups to 32. Two extra CONCACAF groups could have the possibility to qualify by way of an intercontinental playoff event in opposition to eight different groups from around the globe.
The winner of the W Championship may even qualify straight for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The second and third positioned groups will compete within the playoffs to be held in September 2023 for second place within the Olympics. Solely two groups will signify CONCACAF on the Olympics.
For the USWNT, that is their first time in additional than a decade to qualify for the World Cup on international soil. Mexico hosted the qualification event for the 2011 World Cup and there the USWNT suffered a shock loss to Mexico, forcing the People to qualify by way of an intercontinental home-and-away playoff in opposition to Italy.
The final two World Cup qualification tournaments for the 2019 and 2015 occasions have been held in the US.
The USWNT has by no means did not qualify for the World Cup or the Olympics.
The CONCACAF W Championship format will see eight groups cut up into two teams. The group stage will open with a round-robin sport earlier than shifting on to a knockout format beginning within the semi-finals. The 16 matches of the event can be performed at two venues in Monterey: Estadio Universitario and Estadio BBVA.
The event will use VAR, or Video Assistant Referee, for the primary time.
The USWNT are at the moment in camp for the SheBelieves Cup in opposition to the Czech Republic, New Zealand and Iceland beginning on Thursday. All US matches can be broadcast on ESPN or ABC.