2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
|Host country||United States|
|Dates||4–17 October 2018|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Goals scored||77 (5.5 per match)|
(6 goals each)
The 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship is the 10th edition of the CONCACAF Women's Championship (also known as the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup or the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament), the quadrennial international football championship organised by CONCACAF for the women's national teams of the North, Central American and Caribbean region. Eight teams play in the tournament, which takes place from 4–17 October in the United States.
The tournament serves as the CONCACAF qualifiers to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. The top three teams qualify for the World Cup, while the fourth-placed team advances to a play-off against the third-placed team from the South American confederation, CONMEBOL. It also determines the CONCACAF teams playing at the 2019 Pan American Games women's football tournament in Lima.
The United States are the defending champions.
- 1 Qualification
- 2 Venues
- 3 Draw
- 4 Squads
- 5 Group stage
- 6 Knockout stage
- 7 Goalscorers
- 8 Qualification for international tournaments
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Regional qualification tournaments were held to determine the teams playing in the final tournament.
The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament. Canada, Mexico, and the United States, as members of the North American Football Union, qualified automatically.
|Team||Qualification||Appearance||Previous best performances||Previous FIFA Women's World Cup appearances||FIFA ranking|
at start of event
|North American Zone (NAFU)|
|Canada||Automatic||9th||Champions (1998, 2010)||6||5|
|Mexico||Automatic||9th||Runners-up (1998, 2010)||3||24|
|United States (title holders & hosts)||Automatic||9th||Champions (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014)||7||1|
|Central American Zone (UNCAF) qualified through Central American qualifying competition|
|Costa Rica||Group stage winners||7th||Runners-up (2014)||1||34|
|Panama||Group stage runners-up||3rd||Group stage (2002, 2006)||0||66|
|Caribbean Zone (CFU) qualified through Caribbean qualifying competition|
|Jamaica||Final round winners||6th||Fourth place (2006)||0||64|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Final round runners-up||10th||Third place (1991)||0||52|
|Cuba||Final round third place||1st||Debut||0||88|
|Cary, North Carolina||Edinburg, Texas||Frisco, Texas|
|Sahlen's Stadium||H-E-B Park||Toyota Stadium|
|Capacity: 10,000||Capacity: 9,735||Capacity: 20,500|
The draw for the final tournament was held on 4 September 2018, 10:00 EDT (UTC−4), at the Univision Studios in Miami. The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four teams. They will be seeded into four pots. Pot 1 contained the United States, seeded in Group A, and Canada, seeded in Group B. The remaining six teams were allocated to Pots 2–4 based on the CONCACAF Women's Rankings. The two teams from UNCAF could not be drawn into the same group.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
The provisional 35-player roster (4 must be goalkeepers) for each team was announced by CONCACAF on 10 September 2018. The final 20-player roster (2 must be goalkeepers) for each team was announced by CONCACAF on 26 September 2018. After the final 20-player roster was submitted, only injury-related changes would be submitted until 24 hours before each team's first match.
The top two teams of each group advance to the semi-finals.
- points obtained in all group matches;
- goal difference in all group matches;
- number of goals scored in all group matches;
If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings are determined as followed:
- points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- fair play points in all group matches:
- first yellow card: minus 1 point;
- indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points;
- direct red card: minus 4 points;
- yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points;
- drawing of lots by CONCACAF.
|1||United States (H)||3||3||0||0||18||0||+18||9||Knockout stage|
|4||Trinidad and Tobago||3||0||0||3||1||14||−13||0|
|Trinidad and Tobago||0–3||Panama|
|Mexico||4–1||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Trinidad and Tobago||0–7||United States|
In the semi-finals, if the match was level at the end of 90 minutes, no extra time would be played and the match would be decided by a penalty shoot-out. In the third place match and final, if the match is level at the end of 90 minutes, extra time is played, and if still tied after extra time, the match is decided by a penalty shoot-out (Regulations Article 12.14).
|14 October – Frisco|
|17 October – Frisco|
|14 October – Frisco|
|Third place play-off|
|17 October – Frisco|
Canada and United States qualified for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Panama and Jamaica entered into the third place play-off.
Third place play-off
There have been 77 goals scored in 14 matches, for an average of 5.5 goals per match. Players highlighted in bold are still active in the competition.
- Jessie Fleming
- Diana Matheson
- Deanne Rose
- Melissa Herrera
- Fabiola Sánchez
- Gloriana Villalobos
- Deneisha Blackwood
- Christina Chang
- Marlo Sweatman
- Katie Johnson
- María Sánchez
- Lineth Cedeño
- Marta Cox
- Erika Hernández
- Kenia Rangel
- Karla Riley
- Jonelle Cato
- Crystal Dunn
- Lindsey Horan
- Sam Mewis
- Christen Press
Qualification for international tournaments
Qualified teams for FIFA Women's World Cup
The following three teams from CONCACAF qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. A fourth team will qualify if they win the play-off against the 2018 Copa América Femenina third-placed team, Argentina.
|Team||Qualified on||Previous appearances in FIFA Women's World Cup1|
|Canada||14 October 2018||6 (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)|
|United States||14 October 2018||7 (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)|
|TBD||17 October 2018||0 (debut)|
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.
Qualified teams for Pan American Games
The tournament will be used to determine the four teams from CONCACAF which qualify for the 2019 Pan American Games women's football tournament. The top team from each of the three zones will qualify, with the fourth team to be determined by CONCACAF at a later date.
|Team||Zone||Qualified on||Previous appearances in Pan American Games1|
|Jamaica||CFU||11 October 2018||1 (2007)|
|Panama||UNCAF||11 October 2018||1 (2007)|
|TBD||NAFU||17 October 2018|
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- "Qualification System manual" (PDF). www.panamsports.org/. Pan American Sports Organization. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
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- "Draw Confirmed for the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship". CONCACAF.com. 7 August 2018.
- "Draw Reveals Groups for the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship". CONCACAF.com. 4 September 2018.
- "Provisional 35 Player Rosters Announced for the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship". CONCACAF.com. 10 September 2018.
- "Final 20-Player Rosters Announced for the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship". CONCACAF.com. 26 September 2018.
- "2018 Concacaf Women's Championship Regulations" (PDF). CONCACAF.
- "Schedule" (PDF). CONCACAF.com.
- "USA, Canada win passage to France". FIFA.com. 15 October 2018.
- World Cup Qualifying – Women, CONCACAF.com