Concacaf Women’s Championship begins Thursday

Thirty-two NWSL players feature on the rosters for Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States

Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States are all competing in the Concacaf Women’s Championship this month. (Photo credits: Canada Soccer/Flickr and isiphotos.com)

The Concacaf Women’s Championship begins Thursday with Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama and United States vs. Mexico in Cary, North Carolina. The tournament, Concacaf’s qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, will take place October 4-17. After Thursday’s Group A games, Group B gets underway in Edinburg, Texas, with Costa Rica vs. Cuba and Canada vs. Jamaica.

Thirty-two NWSL players feature on the rosters for Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States in the tournament. [Full Rosters] Sportsnet in Canada reported on Wednesday that Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan has been added to the roster for Canada following an injury to Erin McLeod. [Read more]

The top three teams will automatically qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The fourth-place finisher will head to a home-and-away playoff with Argentina for a spot in next summer’s tournament. Canada and the United States are the only countries to have won this tournament. Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States qualified out of Concacaf for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. [Tournament History]

Fifteen of 24 countries have booked their tickets to France so far: Australia, Brazil, Chile, China PR, England, France (host nation), Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Thailand. 

All games will be broadcast and streamed by FOX Sports. The full broadcast schedule is listed below.

For coverage of the Concacaf Women’s Championship, follow the NWSL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Use the hashtag #CWC to follow the tournament.

NWSL players on Concacaf Women’s Championship rosters:

Canada: Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash), Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash), Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride), Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit), Diana Matheson (Utah Royals FC), Adriana Leon (Seattle Reign FC), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC), Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue FC)

Costa Rica: Raquel Rodriguez (Sky Blue FC)

Mexico: Bianca Henninger (Houston Dash), Christina Murillo (Chicago Red Stars), Katie Johnson (Sky Blue FC)

United States: Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC), Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC;), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

Group A of the tournament will feature the United States, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama. Group A games will be played at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. Group B will feature Canada, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba. Group B games will take place at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas. The semifinals, third-place game and championship games will be held at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.


Schedule:

Match order/networks are subject to change

October 4

Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina

Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama | 5 p.m. ET | FS2

United States vs. Mexico | 7:30 p.m. ET| FS2

 

October 5

H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas

Costa Rica vs. Cuba | 6 p.m. ET| FS2

Canada vs. Jamaica | 8:30 p.m. ET| FS2

 

October 7

Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina

Panama vs. United States | 5 p.m. ET| FS1

Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago | 7:30 p.m. ET| FS2

 

October 8

H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas

Jamaica vs. Costa Rica | 6 p.m. ET| FS2

Cuba vs. Canada | 8:30 p.m. ET| FS1

 

October 10

Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina

Panama vs. Mexico | 5 p.m. ET| FS2

Trinidad & Tobago vs. United States | 7:30 p.m. ET| FS2

 

October 11

H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas

Cuba vs. Jamaica | 7:30 p.m. ET| FS2

Costa Rica vs. Canada | 10 p.m. ET| FS1

 

October 14

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

2nd A vs. 1st B | 5 p.m. ET*| FS1

1st A vs. 2nd B | 8 p.m. ET*| FS1

* Order of semifinal matches may be switched to accommodate broadcasters

 

October 17

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Third-place match | 5 p.m. ET| FS2

Championship | 8 p.m. ET| FS1

 


Tournament tie-breakers, via U.S. Soccer:

“Should two or more teams be tied on points at the end of group play, the following tie-breakers will determine advancement:

  • Goal difference in all group matches
  • Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches

If two (2) or more teams are equal on the basis of the above criteria, their rankings shall be determined as follows:

  • Greater number of points scored in matches between the tied teams;
  • Greater goal difference in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points);
  • Greater number of goals scored in matches among the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points);
  • The lowest number of points based on the number of yellow and red cards in all group matches is considered according to
  • the following additions:
    • First yellow card: plus 1 point
    • Second yellow card/indirect red card: Plus 3 points
    • Direct red card: plus 4 points
    • Yellow card and direct red card: plus 5 points;
    • Drawing of lots by Concacaf
  • Teams get three substitutes each per match
  • In the Semifinal, if the score is tied at the end of regulation time, no extra time will be played. Instead the matches will go straight to kicks from the penalty mark per the Laws of the Game.
  • In the Third-Place and Final match, if the score is tied at the end of regulation time, extra time will be played. If the score is tied at the end of extra time the matches will go straight to kicks from the penalty mark per the Laws of the Game.”

Ticket info via U.S. Soccer:

CARY, N.C.

Tickets for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Group A doubleheaders featuring the U.S. Women’s National Team, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama on Oct. 4, 7 and 10 in Cary, N.C., are currently on sale through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will not be sold at the stadium except on the day of each event.

EDINBURG, TEXAS

Tickets for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Group B doubleheaders featuring Canada, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba on Oct. 5, 8 and 11 in Edinburg, Texas, go on sale Thursday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will not be sold at the stadium except on the day of each event.

FRISCO, TEXAS

Tickets for the semifinals, Third-Place Match and the Championship Game at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship are currently on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-855-492-8053 and at the Toyota Stadium Ticket Office.

Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.