2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship
The 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship, the ninth edition of the CONCACAF Women's Championship/Gold Cup/Women's World Cup qualifying tournament, was a women's football tournament that took place in the United States between 15 and 26 October 2014. It served as CONCACAF's qualifier to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The top three teams qualified directly. The fourth placed team advanced to a play-off against the third placed team of the 2014 Copa América Femenina.
|CONCACAF / FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifiers|
|Host country||United States|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Champions||United States (7th title)|
|Fourth place||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Goals scored||65 (4.06 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Abby Wambach|
|Best player(s)||Carli Lloyd|
|Best goalkeeper||Hope Solo|
|Fair play award||Costa Rica|
The United States and Mexico received byes into the tournament. A total of 30 teams entered qualifying, with Martinique and Guadeloupe not eligible for World Cup qualification as they are only members of CONCACAF and not FIFA. Therefore, a total of 28 teams were in contention for the three direct places plus the play-off place against CONMEBOL's Ecuador. Canada did not participate as they already qualified to the World Cup as hosts.
North American Football Union members Mexico and the United States gained direct entry to the final tournament. Canada did not participate as they already qualified to the World Cup as hosts.
The qualification was played between 19 and 25 May.
The inaugural Women's Caribbean Cup served as the qualifying event. Four nations advanced to the CONCACAF finals. Qualifying to the Caribbean Cup took place from 23 May to 22 June. The finals were played in August 2014. The group stage draw was published in April 2014.
Eight teams were divided in two groups and play a round-robin tournament. The top two placed teams advanced to the semifinals. The losers of those semifinals played in the third place match, while the winners faced off in the final. The top three placed teams qualified directly to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
However, as Martinique is not a member of FIFA – since it is an overseas department of the French Republic – it is therefore not eligible to qualify. It was announced during the Final Draw on September 5 that Martinique would not be able to advance beyond the group round, and that the next best team would take their place in the semifinals should they finish in the top two in their group.
The tournament was played in four venues.
|Washington||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||45,596|
|Kansas City||Sporting Park||18,467|
- Greater number of points in matches between the tied teams.
- Greater goal difference in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
- Greater number of goals scored in matches among the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points).
- Greater goal difference in all group matches.
- Greater number of goals scored in all group matches.
- Drawing of lots.
|1||United States (H)||3||3||0||0||12||0||+12||9||Knockout stage|
|2||Trinidad and Tobago||3||2||0||1||3||2||+1||6|
|United States||1–0||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Haiti||0–1||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Heath 7', 57'
|Trinidad and Tobago||2–1||Guatemala|
Johnson 83' (pen.)
|Report||M. Monterroso 90'|
Wambach 39', 61'
|1||Costa Rica||3||3||0||0||9||2||+7||9||Knockout stage|
- Martinique was not able to qualify past the group stage. The next best team in the group would have taken their place if they had finished the group stage in a qualifying position.
|Murray 2', 74'
Henry 22', 77'
|Cruz Traña 76'
Duarte 28', 49'
Guillou 36' (o.g.)
Ocampo 75', 87'
|Carin 62'||Report||Sanchez 7'
Venegas 25', 90'
Cedeño 81', 83'
In the knockout stage, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by penalty shoot-out to determine the winner. The top three teams qualified directly to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The fourth placed team advanced to a play-off against the third placed team of the 2014 Copa América Femenina.
|Costa Rica (pen.)||1 (3)|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1 (0)|
|Third place match|
|Trinidad and Tobago||2|
|Costa Rica||1–1 (a.e.t.)||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Venegas 19'||Report||Hutchinson 73'|
|Lloyd 6', 30' (pen.)
Third place matchEdit
|Trinidad and Tobago||2–4 (a.e.t.)||Mexico|
Corral 104', 106'
|Costa Rica||0–6||United States|
|Report||Wambach 4', 35', 41', 71'
|2014 CONCACAF Champions|
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.
|Golden Ball||Carli Lloyd|
|Golden Boot||Abby Wambach|
|Golden Gloves||Hope Solo|
|Fair Play Award||Costa Rica|
- 7 goals
- 5 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- 1 own goal
- Johanne Guillou (playing against Mexico)
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