Jones offers her congratulations
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Canada made sure of their berth at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™ with a 1-0 win over Mexico last Monday, 8 November 2010, in the final of the CONCACAF qualifying competition in Cancun (Mexico). The Canadian team will be taking part in their fifth FIFA Women’s World Cup. As the second-placed team from North, Central America and the Caribbean, Mexico also booked for the second time their ticket for the tournament.

OC President Steffi Jones lost no time in congratulating Canada and Mexico via personal letters to the respective FA presidents.

"I am convinced that Canada will contribute hugely with its attractive and battling brand of football to the entertainment at the finals next summer,” said Steffi Jones.

"Mexico is a big footballing nation that has been doing a great job to promote women’s football over the past years. Mexico’s semi-final victory over the USA speaks for itself," the OC President continued.

“The fact that Canada and Mexico have stunned the top-ranked USA is unmistakeable evidence of the narrowing of the quality gap which is taking place all over the world. There are quite a number of top contenders for 2011,” commented Steffi Jones.

The United States will have a second chance at a FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 ticket, facing Italy for the final spot (see below).

Eleven teams have already booked their tickets for the final phase of the FIFA Women's World Cup, to be staged between 26 June-17 July 2011: Australia, Korea DPR, England, France, Japan, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and hosts Germany.

By 27 November, two days before the Final Draw takes place in Frankfurt, the qualifying phase will have been completed as follows:

Africa (CAF):

Two teams

Qualifying: African women's championship from 29 October-14 November 2010 in South Africa.

South America (CONMEBOL):

Two teams

Qualifying: South American women's championship from 4-21 November 2010 in Ecuador.

The remaining FIFA World Cup spot will be decided by a play-off between USA (third-placed team from the CONCACAF zone) and Italy (fifth-placed UEFA team). The matches will be played on 20 and 27 November 2010, with Italy hosting the first leg.