CHICAGO (July 24, 2014) – U.S. Soccer announced today that Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire, has been selected as one of four host cities in the United States for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will qualify three teams for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Chicago is joined by Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. as the venues for the tournament.
“We’re excited to welcome the top women’s teams in CONCACAF to Toyota Park,” said Chicago Fire Chief Operating Officer Atul Khosla. “We have hosted the U.S. Women’s National Team in the past and we look forward to providing our fans with another opportunity to see world class soccer live in the Chicagoland area. Especially as we share the city with the Chicago Red Stars, this is a great chance to increase support for the women’s game and grow all aspects of the sport as a whole.”
The tournament, which will take place from Oct. 15-26, features eight countries divided into two groups of four with the top two finishers in each group after round-robin play moving on to the semifinals. Toyota Park will host all eight teams for the Group A doubleheader matches on Oct. 17 and Group B matches on Oct. 18.
PPL Park in Philadelphia will host the semifinal matches on Oct. 24, along with the third-place match and championship games on Oct. 26. The two finalists and the winner of the third-place match will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The fourth-place team will enter a playoff with a South American country for a final berth.
“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,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “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.”
“We look forward to an exciting World Cup qualifying round played in the United States at some of the best stadiums in the world in front of passionate football fans," said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.
As host of the Women’s World Cup, Canada has already secured its berth, so the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship will feature the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica (the Group II winner in the Central American qualifying tournament), Guatemala (the Group I winner in the Central American qualifying tournament) and the four semifinalists in the final round of the CFU Women’s Caribbean Cup, which will take place Aug. 19-26 in Trinidad & Tobago.
The final tournament schedule and kickoff times will be set at the Final Draw on Sept. 5 in Miami. Ticket information will be made available in the near future. All matches will be televised live across FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 or FOX Soccer Plus, and will also be available on multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGO.com.
Additional information can be found at www.ussoccer.com.