Also in today’s roundup: Lynn Williams named NWSL Player of the Week, and results from Day One of UWCL Qualifying
Draw Confirmed for the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship https://t.co/vlzfOEkSCn
— Concacaf (@Concacaf) August 7, 2018
Ealier today, Concacaf confirmed the dates and process for the draw that will officially become the field for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship, serving as World Cup Qualifying for the region.
Out of a full field of eight teams, the United States, Canada, and Mexico are the currently confirmed nations to participate (with the U.S. as host), and the other five teams will be confirmed through a Central American and Caribbean Qualifier to take place at the end of August.
The two Central American berths will be contested by Costa Rica, El Savador, Nacaragua, and Panama on August 27th through the 31st. The three Caribbean spots will be contested by Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda, Cuba, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago.
The final draw, conducted in Miami on September 4th, will be conducted will a double-blind system involving six pots – four “Team Pots” and two “Group Position Pots”. The four “Team Pots” will each contain the name of two teams, while the two “Group Position Pots” will contain the four possible positions for each group.
The rest of the draw protocol can be found here, but in short, as the top two seeded teams in the tournament, the U.S. Women’s National Team and the Canada Women’s National Team will be drawn into separate groups, A and B, which will likely open up an easy pathway for both teams to automatic berths in the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France next year. The Championship will run from October 4th through 7th, in venues in North Carolina and Texas.
Lynn Williams named NWSL Media Player of the Week
— NWSL Media (@NWSLmedia) August 7, 2018
Earlier today the NWSL Media Association announced their Player of the Week for the NWSL 18th round of games. Lynn Williams took the top spot after recording a brace against the Portland Thorns on Sunday, propelling her team to its 15th win, and securing the NWSL Shield for the second year in a row.
Two Sky Blue teammates took second and third, despite not quite making it out of their match against the Orlando Pride with the win. Second was Shea Groom, who gave her team its first, albeit brief, lead of the season, and third was goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan, whose stoppage-time save of a Marta penalty kick secured the point for her squad.
Day One of UWCL Qualifying concludes, with results
#UWCL qualifying round day 1 🏆
💯 goals scored⚽
— #UWCL (@UWCL) August 7, 2018
Tuesday was the first day of the UEFA Women’s Champions League Qualifying Round, with a full slate of action. Here are the results:
Olimpia Cluj 3 , Cardiff Met 2
BIIK-Kazygurt 2, Akadimia Elpides Karditsas 1
Pärnu 2, SS Anenii Noi 0
Glasgow City 1, Anderlecht 2
Minsk 6, Olimpija Ljubljana 0
Ajax 4, Wexford Youths 1
Avaldsnes 3, Sporting CP 2
Kharkiv 8, Birkirkara 0
Górnik Leczna 12, Martve 0
Basel 4, Breznica 0
Spartak Subotica 1, Qiryat Gat 0
Landhaus 2, Rīgas FS 1
Sarajevo 5, Vllaznia 0
Gintra 1, Honka 1
MTK Hungária 6, KFF Mitrovica 1
Slavia Praha 7, Ataşehir 2
Somatio Barcelona FA 2, Slovan Bratislava 0
Osijek 13, Dragon 0
Thór/KA 2, Linfield 0
The second day of qualifying will commence on Friday August 10th, and will finish on Monday the 13th. Those who make it through qualifying will join the 20 teams given a bye in the Round of 32 draw on Friday, August 17th.