August 23 – Concacaf’s revamped women’s structure is moving fast with the confederation drawing the qualifying groups at the weekend for the 2022 Concacaf W Championship finals.
As part of a wholescale revision of its women’s competition calendar, and as part of an initiative to accelerate participation in the women’s game, 30 nations went into the draw.
Group games will be played on a home and away basis and will be played in the FIFA Women’s Match Windows of November 2021 and April 2022.
The winners of the six groups will qualify for the 2022 Concacaf W Championship which will serve as will serve as the confederation’s qualifier to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 and the 2024 Paris Summer Olympic Games.
The six group winners will join Olympic Gold medal winners Canada and Bronze medal winners USA who have pre-qualified for the 2022 finals.
The 2022 finals will be played as two groups of four with the top two finishers in each group qualifying for the semi-finals and a guaranteed place at the Women’s World Cup 2023.
Group Stage third place finishers will progress to intercontinental play-off. The W Championship winners will guarantee a place in the 2024 Paris Olympics and the new 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup.
The runner-up and the third placed team will also progress to a Concacaf Olympic play-in to be played in September of 2023. The winner of the play-in will also guarantee their place in the 2024 Olympic Games and the 2024 W Gold Cup.
Concacaf W Qualifying Draw
Group A: Mexico, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Antigua and Barbuda and Anguilla
Group B: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Saint Kitts and Nevis, US Virgin Islands, and Curacao
Group C: Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Grenada and Cayman Islands
Group D: Panama, El Salvador, Barbados, Belize and Aruba
Group E: Haiti, Cuba, Honduras, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and British Virgin Islands
Group F: Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Nicaragua, Dominica and Turks and Caicos Islands
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