|Host country||United States|
|Dates||4–17 October 2018|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Goals scored||83 (5.19 per match)|
|Best young player|
|Fair play award|
The 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship was 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 played in the tournament, which took place from 4–17 October in the United States.
The CONCACAF Women's Championship, in some years called the CONCACAFWomen'sGoldCup or the CONCACAFWomen'sWorldCupqualifying, is a football competition organized by CONCACAF that often serves as the qualifying competition to the Women's World Cup. In years when the tournament has been held outside the World Cup qualifying cycle, non-CONCACAF members have been invited. CONCACAF is the governing body for football for North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The most successful country has been the United States, winning their eighth title in 2018.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
The tournament served as the CONCACAF qualifiers to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. The top three teams qualified for the World Cup, while the fourth-placed team advanced to a play-off against the third-placed team from the South American confederation, CONMEBOL.It also determined the CONCACAF teams playing at the 2019 Pan American Games women's football tournament in Lima.
The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification process decided all 24 teams which will play in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, with the hosts France qualifying automatically. It will be the eighth FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. The tournament will be the third to be hosted in Europe, after the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden and the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.
In the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification process, one spot in the final tournament was allocated to the winner of a two-legged home-and-away play-off between the fourth-placed team from CONCACAF (Panama) and the third-placed team from CONMEBOL (Argentina).
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The United States were the defending champions of the competition. They successfully defended their title as hosts, winning the final 2–0 against Canada for their 8th CONCACAF Women's Championship title.
The United States Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT) represents the United States in international women's soccer. The team is the most successful in international women's soccer, winning three Women's World Cup titles, four Olympic women's gold medals, eight CONCACAF Gold Cups, and ten Algarve Cups. It medaled in every single World Cup and Olympic tournament in women's soccer history from 1991 to 2015, before being knocked out in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF.
The Canada women's national soccer team is overseen by the Canadian Soccer Association and competes in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).
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 (NAFU), qualified automatically. Two teams from the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) and three teams from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) qualified from their regional qualifying competitions.
The North American Football Union (NAFU) is a regional grouping under CONCACAF of national football organizations in the North American Zone. The NAFU has no organizational structure. The statutes say "CONCACAF shall recognize ... The North American Football Union (NAFU)". The NAFU provide one of CONCACAF's representatives to the FIFA Executive Committee.
The Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol, more commonly known by the acronym UNCAF, represents the national football teams of Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Its member associations are part of CONCACAF.
The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) is the nominal governing body for association football in the Caribbean as well as Bermuda, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. It represents 25 FIFA member nations, as well as 6 territories that are not affiliated to FIFA. The Union was established in January 1978 and its Member Associations compete in the CONCACAF region.
|Team||Qualification||Appearance||Previous best performance||Previous FIFA Women's World Cup appearances|| FIFA ranking |
at start of event
|North American Zone (NAFU)|
|Automatic||9th||Champions (1998, 2010)||6||5|
|Automatic||9th||Runners-up (1998, 2010)||3||24|
|Automatic||9th||Champions (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014)||7||1|
|Central American winners||7th||Runners-up (2014)||1||34|
|Central American runners-up||3rd||Group stage (2002, 2006)||0||66|
|Caribbean winners||6th||Fourth place (2006)||0||64|
|Caribbean runners-up||10th||Third place (1991)||0||52|
|Caribbean third place||1st||Debut||0||88|
The venues were announced by CONCACAF on 8 April 2018. Sahlen's Stadium and H-E-B Park hosted the group stage matches, while Toyota Stadium hosted the four matches in the knockout stage.
WakeMed Soccer Park is a major soccer complex located in Cary, North Carolina, United States. Originally opened in 2002 as the home of the Carolina Courage of the WUSA, WakeMed Soccer Park is now the home to North Carolina FC of the United Soccer League and the North Carolina Courage of the National Women's Soccer League. The North Carolina State Wolfpack men's and women's teams of the ACC play select matches there and the complex regularly hosts major tournaments such as the NCAA College Cup, the ACC Soccer Championships, and the NCHSAA high school state soccer finals.
H-E-B Park is a soccer-specific stadium in Edinburg, Texas. It serves as the home of Rio Grande Valley FC Toros of the USL Championship, the second level of the US/Canadian professional soccer pyramid. Rio Grande Valley Football Club is affiliated with the Houston Dynamo, of Major League Soccer. The stadium has two stands with orange seats covered with a roof and a capacity of 9,735.
Toyota Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium with a 20,500-seat capacity, built and owned by the city of Frisco, Texas. Its primary tenants are Major League Soccer (MLS) team FC Dallas, which relocated from the Cotton Bowl in central Dallas, and Frisco Independent School District high school football games. It is also the future home of the National Soccer Hall of Fame with opening ceremony occurring in winter 2018.
|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 were 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.
The Eastern Time Zone (ET) is a time zone encompassing part or all of 22 states in the eastern part of the contiguous United States, parts of eastern Canada, the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico, Panama in Central America, and the Caribbean Islands.
UTC−04:00 is a time offset that subtracts 4 hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). It is observed in the Eastern Time Zone during the warm months of daylight saving time, as Eastern Daylight Time. The Atlantic Time Zone observes it during standard time . It is observed all year in the Eastern Caribbean.
Miami, officially the City of Miami, is the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. Miami is the seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida. The city covers an area of about 56.6 square miles (147 km2), between the Everglades to the west and Biscayne Bay on the east; with a 2017 estimated population of 463,347, Miami is the sixth most densely populated major city in the United States. The Miami metropolitan area is home to 6.1 million people and the seventh-largest metropolitan area in the nation. Miami's metro area is the second-most populous metropolis in the southeastern United States and fourth-largest urban area in the U.S. Miami has the third tallest skyline in the United States with over 300 high-rises, 80 of which stand taller than 400 feet.
|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.
Teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). The rankings of teams in each group are determined as follows (regulations Article 12.12):
If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings are determined as followed:
All times are local, EDT (UTC−4).
| Trinidad and Tobago ||0–3|
| United States ||6–0|
| Panama ||0–5|
| Mexico ||4–1|
| Panama ||2–0|
All times are local, CDT (UTC−5).
| Costa Rica ||8–0|
| Cuba ||0–12|
| Cuba ||0–9|
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 was level at the end of 90 minutes, extra time would be played, and if still tied after extra time, the match would be decided by a penalty shoot-out (Regulations Article 12.14).
All times are local, CDT (UTC−5).
|14 October – Frisco|
|17 October – Frisco|
|14 October – Frisco|
|Third place play-off|
|17 October – Frisco|
| Panama ||0–7|
| United States ||6–0|
Canada and United States qualified for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Panama and Jamaica entered into the third place play-off.
| Panama ||2–2 (a.e.t.)|
Jamaica qualified for 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Panama entered CONCACAF–CONMEBOL play-off vs. Argentina.
|2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship Winners|
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.
There were 83 goals scored in 16 matches, for an average of 5.19 goals per match.
The following three teams from CONCACAF qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Panama failed to qualify losing out the play-off to 2018 Copa América Femenina third-placed team, Argentina.
|Team||Qualified on||Previous appearances in FIFA Women's World Cup 1|
|14 October 2018||6 (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 )|
|14 October 2018||7 ( 1991 , 1995, 1999 , 2003 , 2007, 2011, 2015 )|
|17 October 2018||0 (debut)|
The tournament was used to determine the four teams from CONCACAF which qualified for the 2019 Pan American Games women's football tournament. The top team from each of the three zones qualified, with the fourth team to be determined by CONCACAF at a later date.
|Team||Zone||Qualified on||Previous appearances in Pan American Games 2|
|CFU||11 October 2018||1 (2007)|
|UNCAF||11 October 2018||1 (2007)|
|NAFU||17 October 2018||2 ( 1999 , 2007)|
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