Concacaf and CONMEBOL reached a strategic partnership, announced on Friday, including multiple tournament collaborations and the creation of a new club tournament. For the women’s game, the collaboration includes the inclusion of four CONMEBOL — South American sides — in the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup.
The W Gold Cup will include eight Concacaf teams and four from South America. The South American sides have already been announced, due to their results in the 2022 Women’s Copa América: Brazil (first place), Colombia (second place), Argentina (third place) and Paraguay (fourth place).
Meanwhile, for Concacaf, only two teams will automatically qualify for the eight North American sides. The United States has already qualified, due to its first-place finish at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship. Canada and Jamaica will battle for the other automatic qualifying spot, after their second and third place finishes, respectively, in last summer’s tournament. The two spots not only qualify for the W Gold Cup, but also qualify for the two Concacaf spots in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
In August 2021, Concacaf announced structure changes to tournaments and qualifications for the women’s side.
Regarding Concacaf qualifying for the 2024 W Gold Cup, the other six teams will qualify through the 2023 Road to Concacaf W Gold Cup tournament. Per Concacaf, back in 2021, the Road to W Gold Cup qualification will take place in September/October/November 2023.
According to U.S. Soccer, the W Gold Cup will take place in the United States.
Victor Montagliani, the president of Concacaf, said the collaboration will help to improve growth in the men’s and women’s game in both regions.
“Working hand in hand with CONMEBOL, we will deliver elite competitions that will provide more opportunities for our federations, and that we know passionate fans want to see,” Montagliani said, via a press release. “We look forward to working together to ensure that football in both regions continues to thrive.”
“CONMEBOL and Concacaf are united by historical and affective ties,” CONMEBOL president Alejandro Domínguez said. “But above all, we are united by the passion, characteristic of all the Americas, for football and sports. We are determined to renew and expand our joint initiatives and projects. We want this passion to translate into more and better competitions and for football and its values to grow and strengthen throughout the hemisphere. Without a doubt, both confederations believe in big, and we will work with this orientation.”
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