The United States will host the 2020 Concacaf women’s Olympic qualifying tournament, the North, Central America and Caribbean confederation announced Monday.
Concacaf will reveal host cities and hold a tournament draw this Thursday in Miami. The draw will broadcast on Concacaf social media channels, OneSoccer in Canada, TUDN in Mexico and Flowsports in the Caribbean region.
Eight teams advanced to the qualifying tournament: the United States, Canada and Mexico from the North America region; Costa Rica and Panama from the Central America region; and Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Kitts and Nevis from the Caribbean region.
The teams will be divided into two groups of four with a round-robin group stage running from Jan. 28 through Feb. 4. First and second place from each group will move on to the semifinals, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7. Finalists will meet in a championship match Sunday, Feb. 9.
Both semifinal winners will qualify for the women’s soccer tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The U.S. won each of the previous four qualifying tournaments. The Americans were unblemished in the 2016 event, conceding zero goals en route to a 2-0 final win over Canada. They last allowed a goal in this tournament during the 2008 final, a penalty-shootout win over Canada.
New head coach Vlatko Andonovski will attempt to lead the U.S. to an Olympic title for the first time since 2012. The four-time gold medalists crashed out of the 2016 tournament in the quarterfinals, losing to former head coach Pia Sundhage and Sweden on penalties.