As a prelude to its upcoming coverage of the Women's World Cup from Canada next year, Fox Sports will present all of the CONCACAF qualifiers, kicking off in mid-October.
All told, the English-language rights-holder in the U.S. to FIFA properties from 2015 through 2022 will present all 16 matches, including those involving the top-ranked American.side, which was the runner-up to Japan in FIFA' 2011 tournament. This will mark the first time that the entire CONCACAF Women's Championship will be televised, with matches airing live on Fox Sports 1 and 2, as well as streamed live and on-demand via Fox Soccer2Go and Fox Sports Go.
The top three of the eight CONCACAF squads -- North America (United States, Mexico), Central America (Guatemala, Costa Rica) and the Caribbean (Haiti, Martinique, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago) -- move onto the 2015 Women's World Cup. Canada as the host nation already has a berth and is not part of this competition.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to showcase some of the best in women’s soccer,” said Fox Sports executive producer, FIFA World Cup on Fox, David Neal. “Our dedication to the growth of this sport in America has never been more evident than by the extraordinary coverage we have on tap for this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship.”
The action starts Oct. 15 with doubleheader live from Kansas City’s Sporting Park on FS2 as Guatemala takes on Haiti at 6 p.m. (ET), followed at 8:30 p.m. by the U.S. Women’s National Team opener against Trinidad and Tobago live on the network. An encore is scheduled for FS1 later that night.
The Mexican women’s national team kicks off its World Cup qualifying hopes one day later, against Costa Rica at 8:30 p.m. on FS2.
The U.S., which stumbled to Mexico back in 2010 and had to take a circuitous route to qualify for the 2011 World Cup, headlines the FS1 action on Friday, Oct. 17 facing Guatemala live from Toyota Park in Chicago at 9 p.m. (ET) Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and netminder Hope Solo, who is expected to play despite a pending domestic violence case, conclude their qualifying matches live against Haiti in Washington D.C.’s RFK Stadium on Monday, Oct. 20 on FS1 at 7:30 p.m.
The semifinals are on tap on Friday, Oct. 25, trailed by the third-place match and final on Sunday, Oct. 26, both live on FS1. Pregame coverage begins in-studio before each USWNT match 30 minutes prior to kickoff. See below for the complete schedule.
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