July 21 – Concacaf president Victor Montagliani, coming off the back of the successful conclusion of the Gold Cup, has turned his attention to his six member nations competing at the Women’s World Cup.
Concacaf has both the current World Cup champions, USA, and current Olympic Champions Canada in its ranks. It has also qualified four other nations for the finals (it has a maximum of four at the men’s World Cup).
Jamaica and Costa Rica qualified via the Concacaf W Championships, while Haiti and Panama qualified by topping their groups in the inter-confederation play-offs.
In a message wishing luck to all six Concacaf member association women’s teams, he also referenced the work done at national level and within Concacaf’s new competition structure as contributing to the success of the women’s teams in qualifying.
as they look forward to their opening matches in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023. Montagliani also took the time to praise FIFA, fellow Confederations the AFC and OFC, and the two host federations for all of the hard work that has gone into preparing for what promises to be an excellent tournament that showcases the very best of women’s football.
“In Concacaf, we launched a new women’s football strategy in 2019, Concacaf W, which prioritized enhancements in women’s football in our region at all levels of the game. As a key part of this strategy, we developed and delivered an entirely new international calendar of competitions from 2021-2024, vastly increasing the competitive opportunities for all women’s national teams in our region,” said Montagliani.
“While there of course remains much more work to be done, we have already seen tremendous growth and developments across Concacaf, and it is particularly pleasing to see that reflected with a record six Concacaf teams qualified for this upcoming Women’s World Cup, including representation from Central America, the Caribbean and North America.
“Good luck to all of the Federations, their players and coaches, and of course to their fans who will be following them with pride in Australia and New Zealand, and back home in the six countries.”
Concacaf and Montagliani will be leading on the organisation of the next two major events for FIFA – the new 32-team Club World Cup in 2025 and the 48-team men’s World Cup in 2026 co-hosted by the USA, Mexico and Canada.
Recognising the administrative effort required to stage major global events, he praised local organisers and FIFA.
“I must also recognize and praise the leadership and preparation shown by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and his administration to deliver what promises to be a wonderful Women’s World Cup. I am also very grateful to AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and to OFC President Lambert Maltock for hosting the biggest ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in their Confederations and, alongside the Australian and New Zealand Federations, for providing such a warm welcome to the global football family,” said Montagliani.
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