USSoccer announced today that the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship will be hosted in Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C Oct. 15-26. Out of eight nations represented in the tournament, three will receive berths to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Eight countries will be divided into two groups of four. The top two finishers in each group will move to semi-finals. All countries will play one match in each of the three first-round venues. Sporting Park in Kansas City, Toyota Park in Illinois and RFK Stadium in Washington D.C will host two doubleheaders. The semifinals held Oct. 24, the third place match and the championship games held Oct. 26 will be held at PPL Park in Philadelphia.
Two finalists and the third place match winner will receive berths to the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Fourth place will move on to a playoff match with a South American team to earn a fourth berth.
In the tournament, the U.S. WNT will face Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and four semifinalists from the CFU Women’s Caribbean Cup held in Trinidad & Tobago Aug. 19-26. A final CONCACAF schedule will be revealed at the Final Draw on Sept. 5 in Miami, FL.
“We are honored to serve as the local organizing committee for this tournament as we continue to support and grow women’s soccer in this region on a large scale,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a press release. “The second season of the NWSL has been exciting to follow, and this tournament provides fans with another opportunity to see some of the best women’s soccer players in the world compete on the international level. With the tremendous success and popularity of the men’s World Cup here in the United States this summer, we are looking forward to carrying that momentum right through to the Women’s World Cup in Canada and beyond.”