The US women’s national team has done all its preparatory work. Now it’s time to get started as the road to the fifth star on the badge is about to start in earnest south of the border in Mexico.
The CONCACAF W Championship 2022 begins on Monday. The W Championship also serves as a qualifier for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
Teams from North America, Latin America and the Caribbean will compete in Monterrey, Mexico, with the tournament taking place from July 4th to 18th at the famous Mexican venues Estadio Universitario (capacity 42,000) and Estadio BBVA (capacity 51,000).
Here’s a quick guide for the coming month.
How does it all work?
Two signature events are scheduled for the eight-team tournament. The teams have been divided into two groups of four based on the FIFA World Ranking and each team will play three group stage matches.
The four teams THAT reach the semi-finals – the two group stage winners and the two group stage runners-up – qualify directly for the 2023 World Cup, where CONCACAF has four spots in the newly expanded 32-team tournament. The two third-place finishers from the group stage qualify for an intercontinental playoff that takes place next February.
The winner of the CONCACAF W Championship qualifies directly for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Meanwhile, the runners-up and third-place finishers will compete in September 2023 to determine the remaining 2024 Olympic spot.
How can I follow the tournament?
Each game will air on CBS’s streaming service, Paramount Plus, with some games airing concurrently on CBS Sports Network. In addition, fans can also watch in Spanish on Univision’s TUDN. The group stage will take place from July 4th to 11th, the semifinals are scheduled for July 14th, while the third place match and league match will take place on July 18th.
Who will the USWNT play against and which countries are involved?
The Americans are in Group A with Jamaica, Haiti and Mexico. They open the tournament against Haiti on Monday at 5pm. Haiti is ranked 60th in the world according to the latest FIFA rankings. The second game against Jamaica (No. 51) starts on Thursday at 5 p.m. The final game of the group game is the rivalry against Mexico (No. 26) which is a must-watch. Kick-off is Monday, July 11 at 8 p.m.
Group B is much more of a toss-up. Olympic champions Canada (No. 6) are clear favorites, while Costa Rica (No. 37), Panama (No. 57) and Trinidad and Tobago (No. 76) will be battling for second place.
CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is a slugfest known for its unpredictability. If the Americans can keep their nose to the grindstone in a boisterous atmosphere, they should be fine.
Which players should I watch?
If you loved watching local heroes perform at a show at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park last Saturday, there are three Coloradans on the US roster to get excited about: Lindsey Horan, Sophia Smith and Mallory Pugh.
Janine Beckie grew up on Highlands Ranch but was a fixture with Canada. Jamaica’s Bunny Shaw is a generational talent, playing for Manchester City while Mexico striker María Sanchez could easily catch fire.
What other tournaments are happening this month?
July is a big month for women’s football. World Cup qualifiers will also be held in Africa (July 2-23), South America with the Copa América Feminina (July 8-30) and Oceania (July 13-30). In addition, the UEFA European Championship will take place in England from July 6th to 31st and World Cup qualifiers will end in September.
Eleven teams are already traveling to the land(s) Down Under next summer. Now it’s time to see who joins the fun.
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