United States To Host CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship

By MC  Bousquette
Staff Writer

More USWNT anyone?

This February, the United States will join eight other national teams in the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championships.

The Championships will be held from February 10-21, 2016, at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston and Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Other teams that will definitely participate in the Championships are Mexico and Canada. Those three countries will be joined by three nations from the Caribbean region and two from Central America, with qualifiers in those regions beginning in late September.

The tournament format will consist of two groups of four, with the top two finishers in each group advancing to the semifinals. The USWNT is in Group A, and will play every opening round match in Frisco. The semifinal matches will then be held in Houston, as will the championship.

The first and second place teams will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

“We’re excited to host this event at two excellent venues and look forward to some entertaining matches in what will be the first tournament competition for our team since the Women’s World Cup,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati.  “The quality of women’s soccer in CONCACAF continues to improve over every cycle and we expect that to be the case once again over the 15 matches in Texas.”

2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship Schedule 
Feb. 10, 2016 — Group A Doubleheader; Frisco, Texas
Feb. 11, 2016 — Group B Doubleheader; Houston, Texas
Feb. 13, 2016 — Group A Doubleheader; Frisco, Texas
Feb. 14, 2016 — Group B Doubleheader; Houston, Texas
Feb. 15, 2016 — Group A Doubleheader; Frisco, Texas
Feb. 16, 2016 — Group B Doubleheader; Houston, Texas
Feb. 19, 2016 — Semifinal Doubleheader; Houston, Texas
Feb. 21, 2016 — Final; Houston, Texas


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