Concacaf's road to Australia and New Zealand laid out

22 Aug 2021
  • Official draw for the 2021 Concacaf W qualifiers takes place

  • Qualifiers will take place in November 2021 and April 2022

  • 30 teams from the region will participate in preliminary round

The official draw for the 2021 Concacaf W Qualifiers, setting out the road to the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™, has taken place in Miami, Florida.

Group A: Mexico, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla Group B: Costa Rica, Guatemala, St. Kitts & Nevis, US Virgin Islands, Curacao Group C: Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Grenada, Cayman Islands Group D: Panama, El Salvador, Barbados, Belize, Aruba Group E: Haiti, Cuba, Honduras, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands Group F: Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Nicaragua, Dominica, Turks & Caicos Islands

The preliminary round of qualifying is scheduled to take place during the FIFA Women's match windows of November 2021 and April 2022 with 30 Concacaf nations participating, all ranked three and below in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking.

The 30 teams were divided into six groups of five. Following the group stage, where each nation will play two games at home and two matches away, the top finisher in each of the groups will advance to the Concacaf W Championship to form an eight-team field, joining the top two ranked Concacaf nations, USA and Canada, who qualify directly to the W Championship.

The W Championship is scheduled to take place in June and July 2022 as a centralised tournament and will serve as the region's final round of qualifying for both Australia and New Zealand 2023 and the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024.

The eight teams in the W Championship will be divided into two groups of four teams each. The top two finishers in each group will advance to the semi-finals, and most importantly, qualify directly to the 2023 Women's World Cup. Both third-place finishers will advance to a FIFA Women's World Cup Intercontinental Play-off.

For more on Concacaf's new competition formats, watch the video below:

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ will be the ninth edition of the tournament and will be the first edition to feature 32 teams. It will take place in nine Host Cities and ten stadiums in Australia and New Zealand from 20 July to 20 August 2023.