2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship

The 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship[1] was the 4th edition of the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the quadrennial international football tournament organised by CONCACAF to determine which women's national teams from the North, Central American and Caribbean region qualify for the Olympic football tournament. CONCACAF announced on 12 August 2015 that the United States would host the tournament between 10–21 February 2016 in Houston and Frisco, Texas.[1] A total of eight teams played in the tournament.

2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
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Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
Dates10–21 February 2016
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions United States (4th title)
Runners-up Canada
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored78 (5.2 per match)
Top scorer(s)United States Crystal Dunn
Costa Rica Raquel Rodríguez
(6 goals each)
Best player(s)United States Morgan Brian
Best goalkeeperUnited States Hope Solo
Fair play award United States
2012
2020

The top two teams of the tournament qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics women's football tournament in Brazil as the CONCACAF representatives.[2]

The United States won the tournament with a 2–0 final win over Canada. Both teams qualified for the Olympics, their sixth and third in a row respectively.[3]

QualificationEdit

The eight berths were allocated to the three regional zones as follows:[1]

Regional qualification tournaments were held to determine the five teams joining Canada, Mexico, and the United States at the final tournament.

Qualified teamsEdit

The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualification Appearance Previous best performances Previous women's Olympic appearances
North American Zone (NAFU)
  Canada Automatic 4th Runner-up (2008, 2012) 2
  Mexico Automatic 4th Runner-up (2004) 1
  United States Automatic 4th Winner (2004, 2008, 2012) 5
Central American Zone (UNCAF) qualified through Central American qualifying competition[4]
  Costa Rica Group winner 4th Fourth place (2004, 2008)
Semi-finals (2012)
0
  Guatemala Group runner-up 2nd Group stage (2012) 0
Caribbean Zone (CFU) qualified through Caribbean qualifying competition[5]
  Trinidad and Tobago Final round winner 3rd Group stage (2004, 2008) 0
  Puerto Rico Final round runner-up 1st N/A 0
  Guyana Final round 3rd place 1st N/A 0

VenuesEdit

The two venues were announced by CONCACAF on 12 August 2015.

DrawEdit

The draw for the tournament took place on 23 November 2015 at 10:00 EST (UTC−5) at the InterContinental Doral in Doral, Florida.[6] The draw was conducted by Cat Whitehill and Tiffany Roberts.[7]

The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four teams. Tournament host, defending CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist United States were seeded in Group A.[8]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3

SquadsEdit

Each team could register a maximum of 20 players (two of whom must be goalkeepers).[9]

Group stageEdit

The top two teams of each group advanced to the semi-finals. The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers would be applied in the following order:[9]

  1. Goal difference in all group matches;
  2. Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches;
  3. Greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned;
  6. Drawing of lots.

All times were local, CST (UTC−6).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   United States (H) 3 3 0 0 16 0 +16 9 Knockout stage
2   Costa Rica 3 2 0 1 11 6 +5 6
3   Mexico 3 1 0 2 7 3 +4 3
4   Puerto Rico 3 0 0 3 0 25 −25 0
Source: CONCACAF
(H) Host.
Puerto Rico  0–6  Mexico
Report Domínguez   18'51'89' (pen.)
Garciamendez   22'
Rangel   54'
Johnson   90+1'
Referee: Miriam León (El Salvador)
United States  5–0  Costa Rica
Morgan   1'62'
Lloyd   9' (pen.)
Dunn   15'
Press   83'
Report
Attendance: 8,143
Referee: Cardella Samuels (Jamaica)

Costa Rica  9–0  Puerto Rico
K. Villalobos   8'57'60'
R. Rodríguez   36'75'90+2'
Herrera   56'
Sáenz   65'
S. Cruz   84'
Report
Referee: Michelle Pye (Canada)
Mexico  0–1  United States
Report Lloyd   80'
Attendance: 15,032
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)

Mexico  1–2  Costa Rica
Domínguez   79' Report R. Rodríguez   10'57' (pen.)
Referee: Carol Chenard (Canada)
United States  10–0  Puerto Rico
Dunn   6'21'61'85'87'
Lloyd   19' (pen.)
O'Hara   45'
Rivera   60' (o.g.)
Press   62'
Mewis   90'
Report
Attendance: 7,658
Referee: Crystal Sobers (Trinidad and Tobago)

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Canada 3 3 0 0 21 0 +21 9 Knockout stage
2   Trinidad and Tobago 3 2 0 1 7 8 −1 6
3   Guyana 3 1 0 2 3 11 −8 3
4   Guatemala 3 0 0 3 2 14 −12 0
Source: CONCACAF
Guatemala  1–2  Trinidad and Tobago
Martínez   18' (pen.) Report Cordner   74'
St. Louis   78'
Referee: Margaret Domka (United States)
Canada  5–0  Guyana
Rose   25'40'
Lawrence   29'46'48'
Report
Attendance: 836
Referee: Marianela Araya (Costa Rica)

Guyana  2–1  Guatemala
El-Masri   71'
Heydorn   76'
Report Martínez   54'
Referee: Tatiana Guzman (Nicaragua)
Trinidad and Tobago  0–6  Canada
Report Matheson   24'
Tancredi   44'
Sinclair   63'
Buchanan   66'
Beckie   75'
Fleming   79'
Attendance: 1,453
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)

Trinidad and Tobago  5–1  Guyana
Cordner   7'61'
Shade   9'
Cunningham   16'
Mollon   21'
Report Williams   43'
Referee: Gillian Martindale (Barbados)
Canada  10–0  Guatemala
Tancredi   4'85'
Carle   27'
Beckie   35'
Prince   43'84'88'
Quinn   45' (pen.)49'52'
Report
Attendance: 859
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out would be used to decide the winner if necessary.[9]

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
19 February – Houston
 
 
  Canada3
 
21 February – Houston
 
  Costa Rica1
 
  Canada0
 
19 February – Houston
 
  United States2
 
  United States5
 
 
  Trinidad and Tobago0
 

Semi-finalsEdit

Winners qualified for 2016 Summer Olympics.

Canada  3–1  Costa Rica
Sinclair   17'52'
Rose   86'
Report Rodríguez   73' (pen.)
Attendance: 5,516
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)

United States  5–0  Trinidad and Tobago
Heath   12'
Morgan   30'71'73'
Lloyd   43'
Report
Attendance: 5,561
Referee: Tatiana Guzman (Nicaragua)

FinalEdit

Canada  0–2  United States
Report Horan   53'
Heath   61'
Attendance: 10,119
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)

Final rankingEdit

As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
    United States (H) 5 5 0 0 23 0 +23 15 Champions
    Canada 5 4 0 1 24 3 +21 12 Runners-up
3   Costa Rica 4 2 0 2 12 9 +3 6 Eliminated in
Semi-finals
4   Trinidad and Tobago 4 2 0 2 7 13 −6 6
5   Mexico 3 1 0 2 7 3 +4 3 Eliminated in
Group stage
6   Guyana 3 1 0 2 3 11 −8 3
7   Guatemala 3 0 0 3 2 14 −12 0
8   Puerto Rico 3 0 0 3 0 25 −25 0
Source: CONCACAF
(H) Host.

Qualified teams for OlympicsEdit

The following two teams from CONCACAF qualified for the Olympic football tournament.

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1
  United States 19 February 2016 5 (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
  Canada 19 February 2016 2 (2008, 2012)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

GoalscorersEdit

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

AwardsEdit

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.[10]

Best XI
Golden Ball
Golden Boot
Golden Glove
Fair Play Award

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ The other two NAFU members, the Bahamas and Bermuda, did not enter the qualifying tournament. Even if they had, CONCACAF statutes stipulate that they would have competed within the body's Caribbean Zone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "United States to Host 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship". CONCACAF. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  2. ^ "QUALIFICATION SYSTEM – GAMES OF THE XXXI OLYMPIAD – RIO 2016 – Football" (PDF). Rio 2016 Official Website. 23 April 2014. Archived from the original (pdf) on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  3. ^ "USA, Canada qualify for Rio 2016". FIFA.com. 20 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Se definieron las Eliminatorias Pre-Olimpicas de UNCAF Masculinas y Femenina" (in Spanish). UNCAF. 28 February 2015. Archived from the original on 12 July 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  5. ^ "2015 Women's Olympic Qualifiers begins today August 21". Caribbean Football Union. 21 August 2015.
  6. ^ "CONCACAF to Hold Women's Olympic Qualifying Draw in Miami on November 23". CONCACAF.com. 20 November 2015. Archived from the original on 21 November 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Draw Determines Groups for the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship". CONCACAF.com. 23 November 2015. Archived from the original on 25 November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Draw: CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Texas 2016". CONCACAF.com. 23 November 2015. Archived from the original on 25 November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "Regulations for the Olympic Football Tournaments" (PDF). CONCACAF.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  10. ^ "TSG announces CWOQ Best XI, Awards". CONCACAF. 21 February 2016. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016.

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