KANSAS CITY TO HOST CONCACAF WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT

FC Kansas City Fans Will Be Able to See Blues on International Stage

CHICAGO, IL (July 24th, 2014) – Sporting Park located in Kansas City, Kansas will play host to the opening matches of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. The end result will be four teams qualified to the 2015 Women’s World Cup scheduled for next summer in Canada.

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. All the countries, including the U.S. Women’s National Team, will play one match in each of the three first-round venues. The opening games will be held at Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS.

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.”

Four matches from both groups will be played in Sporting Park October 15th and 16th. From there, the tournament will move to other host cities in the United States.

“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.

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.

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.

The U.S. last hosted the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in 2006 and split hosting responsibilities with Canada in 2002 when games were played in Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.

Up next for the U.S. WNT is a match against Switzerland on Aug. 20 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be live on ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.