2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
The 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship 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. A total of eight teams played in the tournament.
|Host country||United States|
|Dates||10–21 February 2016|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||United States (4th title)|
|Goals scored||78 (5.2 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Crystal Dunn|
(6 goals each)
|Best player(s)||Morgan Brian|
|Best goalkeeper||Hope Solo|
|Fair play award||United States|
The eight berths were allocated to the three regional zones as follows:
- Three teams from the North American Zone (NAFU), i.e., Canada, Mexico and the hosts United States, who all qualified automatically due to being the only teams in the zone[n 1]
- Two teams from the Central American Zone (UNCAF)
- Three teams from the Caribbean Zone (CFU)
Regional qualification tournaments were held to determine the five teams joining Canada, Mexico, and the United States at the final tournament.
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|
|United States||Automatic||4th||Winner (2004, 2008, 2012)||5|
|Central American Zone (UNCAF) qualified through Central American qualifying competition|
|Costa Rica||Group winner||4th||Fourth place (2004, 2008)
|Guatemala||Group runner-up||2nd||Group stage (2012)||0|
|Caribbean Zone (CFU) qualified through Caribbean qualifying competition|
|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|
The two venues were announced by CONCACAF on 12 August 2015.
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.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3|
Each team could register a maximum of 20 players (two of whom must be goalkeepers).
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:
- Goal difference in all group matches;
- Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches;
- Greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
- Greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned;
- Drawing of lots.
|1||United States (H)||3||3||0||0||16||0||+16||9||Knockout stage|
|Report||Domínguez 18', 51', 89' (pen.)
|United States||5–0||Costa Rica|
|Morgan 1', 62'
Lloyd 9' (pen.)
|Costa Rica||9–0||Puerto Rico|
|K. Villalobos 8', 57', 60'
R. Rodríguez 36', 75', 90+2'
S. Cruz 84'
|Domínguez 79'||Report||R. Rodríguez 10', 57' (pen.)|
|United States||10–0||Puerto Rico|
|Dunn 6', 21', 61', 85', 87'
Lloyd 19' (pen.)
Rivera 60' (o.g.)
|2||Trinidad and Tobago||3||2||0||1||7||8||−1||6|
|Guatemala||1–2||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Martínez 18' (pen.)||Report||Cordner 74'
St. Louis 78'
|Rose 25', 40'
Lawrence 29', 46', 48'
|Trinidad and Tobago||0–6||Canada|
|Trinidad and Tobago||5–1||Guyana|
|Cordner 7', 61'
|19 February – Houston|
|21 February – Houston|
|19 February – Houston|
|Trinidad and Tobago||0|
Winners qualified for 2016 Summer Olympics.
|Sinclair 17', 52'
|Report||Rodríguez 73' (pen.)|
|United States||5–0||Trinidad and Tobago|
Morgan 30', 71', 73'
|United States (H)||5||5||0||0||23||0||+23||15||Champions|
|3||Costa Rica||4||2||0||2||12||9||+3||6||Eliminated in|
|4||Trinidad and Tobago||4||2||0||2||7||13||−6||6|
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.
- 6 goals
- 5 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Own goal
- Ashley Rivera (playing against United States)
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.
- Best XI
- Goalkeeper: Hope Solo
- Right Defender: Kelley O'Hara
- Central Defender: Becky Sauerbrunn
- Central Defender: Kadeisha Buchanan
- Left Defender: Allysha Chapman
- Right Midfielder: Tobin Heath
- Central Midfielder: Lindsey Horan
- Central Midfielder: Morgan Brian
- Left Midfielder: Ashley Lawrence
- Forward: Alex Morgan
- Forward: Carli Lloyd
- Golden Ball
- Golden Boot
- Crystal Dunn (6 goals)
- Golden Glove
- Fair Play Award
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