Frisco will also host the semifinals and third-place matches that will qualify three teams for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France
FRISCO – Toyota Stadium will host the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Game on Wednesday, October 17, U.S. Soccer announced today. Toyota Stadium will also host the semifinal on Sunday, October 14 as well as the Third-Place Match on October, 17.
The 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship, which will qualify three teams to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and a fourth into a two-game playoff with the third-place team from South America, will be played in two host cities, in addition to Frisco, Texas: Cary, N.C., and Edinburg, Texas.
On March 23, Concacaf announced that the tournament would be played in the United States and would take place from October 4-17. The competition will feature eight countries divided into two groups of four. After round-robin play within the groups, the top two finishers from each group will move on to the all-important semifinals.
FOX Sports, the home of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, will present 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship coverage across the FOX Sports family of networks.
As host, the USA will be seeded into Group A. The USA, Canada and Mexico have automatic berths into the tournament. The five remaining participants will qualify via the upcoming 2018 Concacaf Caribbean Women’s Qualifier and 2018 Concacaf Central America Women’s Qualifier. The placement in the groups for the other seven teams will become known at the Final Draw later this year.
All three first round doubleheaders in Group A – which will take place on Oct. 4, 7 and 10 – will be played at the Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. All three doubleheaders in Group B – which will be played on Oct. 5, 8 and 11 – will take place at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas, a 9,700-seat stadium that is home to the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros of the USL.
The top two finishers in each group will then cross over to meet in the all-important semifinals on Oct. 14 at Toyota Stadium. The Third-Place Match and Championship Game will be at Toyota Stadium on Oct. 17.
Concacaf Women’s World Cup Qualifying Ticket Information
Ticket information for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s semifinals, Third-Place Match and Championship will be made available once it is finalized. FC Dallas Season Ticket Members will receive exclusive priority access to purchase tickets to these matches. To learn more and to become an FC Dallas Season Ticket Member, please email Memberships@FCDallas.com or visit FCDallas.com/Memberships.
- Toyota Stadium has hosted seven U.S. WNT matches in the past.
- Toyota Stadium also hosted a first round group for 2016 Concacaf Olympic Qualifying. The USA won all three of its group games in Frisco, defeating Costa Rica (5-0), Mexico (1-0) and Puerto Rico (10-0).
- The 2018 Concacaf Caribbean Women’s Qualifier is set to kick off on May 5 and will be disputed in two stages among 23 participating Member Associations.
- For the First Round of the regional qualifying tournament, the Caribbean teams will be sorted into three groups of five teams and two groups of four. The participating teams are (in alphabetical order): Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands.
- The Final Round of Caribbean qualifying, featuring the first-round group winners, will be contested from July 21-29. The top three finishers of the final round will qualify to the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship.
- In Central America, the qualifying tournament will be played in Nicaragua from July 6-10 and will feature the hosts, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Panama. After round-robin play, the top two finishers will advance to the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship.
- In October of 2014, the USA hosted the tournament in Kansas City, Kansas, Bridgeview, Ill., Washington, D.C. and Chester, Pa. The USA won the tournament, defeating Mexico 3-0 in the semifinal to qualify for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, and then downed Costa Rica 6-0 in the championship game.
- In 2006 the USA hosted a four-team tournament in Carson, Calif., called the Concacaf Women’s Gold Cup, and defeated Mexico 2-0 to earn a berth to the 2007 Women’s World Cup before triumphing over Canada, 2-1, in overtime in the championship game.
- In 2002, the USA split hosting responsibilities with Canada when games were played in Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. In that tournament, also called the Concacaf Women’s Gold Cup, the USA defeated Costa Rica 7-0 in the semifinal to qualify for the 2003 Women’s World Cup (which was later moved to the USA due to the SARS outbreak in China), and beat Canada 2-1 in overtime in the championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.