The draw for the 2021 CONCACAF Women's Qualifiers is now official. USA and Canada are the top two ranked CONCACAF member associations have earned a bye into the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifiers. 30 additional CONCACAF nations all ranked No. three and below in the FIFA women's ranking as of July 2021 were divided into six groups of five teams for the upcoming tournament with group matches beginning in November 2021.
Each country will play two home matches and two away matches, and the winners of each group will advance to the CONCACAF W Championship where they will join USA and Canada in a bid for a spot in the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. Eight total teams will then compete in the CONCACAF W Championship. USA, Canada, and the six group winners.
Take a look at the six groups who will compete for a spot in Concacaf Women's World Cup Qualifiers to join USA and Canada:
Group A: Mexico, Puerto Rico, Antigua and Barbuda, Suriname, Anguilla
Group B: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Saint Kitts and Nevis, US Virgin Islands, Curaçao
Group C: Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Grenada, Cayman Islands
Group D: Panama, El Salvador, Barbados, Belize, Aruba
Group E: Haiti, Cuba, Honduras, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands
Group F: Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Nicaragua, Dominica, Turks and Caicos Islands
CONCACAF recently announced the revamped 2022 W Championship, and beyond a spot in the 2023 World Cup, participating nations have the opportunity to qualify for the 2024 Olympics and newly formed 2024 W Gold Cup.
The eight nations participating in the 2022 CONCACAF W Championship will compete in group play, where the top two finishers in each group will qualify for the tournament semifinals and cement their place in the 2023 World Cup. Both group stage third place finishers will advance to a FIFA women's World Cup intercontinental playoff to determine a spot in the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics and the 2024 CONCACAF W Gold Cup.
The runner-up and the third place nation will also progress to a CONCACAF Olympic play-in to be played in September of 2023. The winner of the play-in will also guarantee their place in the 2024 Paris Summer Olympic Games and the 2024 W Gold Cup.
The new expanded events are just the latest initiatives from CONCACAF to introduce more competitive fixtures for CONCACAF nations in an effort to continue growing the women's game. The new calendar prioritizes providing more official match dates for all CONCACAF region women's senior national teams as the confederation embarks on new efforts to ensure there is elite competition to showcase the highest level of women's football in CONCACAF.