Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz will host the Dominican Republic on Tuesday in a Group C top-of-the-table at Sabina Park in Kingston on the final matchday of 2022 Concacaf Women’s Championship Qualifying.
The match is scheduled to kick off at 6:00 pm.
In total, 30 Concacaf Member Associations divided into six groups are participating in the qualifiers and only the group winners will advance to the next phase – the Concacaf Women’s Championship.
All six groups are still up for grabs on the final match day.
Eight teams will compete in the Concacaf Women’s Championship, with the top four finishers in the tournament qualifying for the World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand next year.
The United States and Canada, as the two highest-ranked teams in the confederation, have automatic berths in the Women’s Championship field.
The Women’s Championship will be played July 4-18 at University Stadium and BBVA Stadium in Monterrey.
The two third-place finishers in each group at the Women’s Championship will still have a chance to go to the World Cup via an intercontinental playoff.
The United States are the defending World Cup champion.
The winner of the Women’s Championship will also earn a spot in the new women’s Gold Cup tournament in 2024.
The Jamaica, Dominican Republic will be very interesting. Both teams have nine points from their three group matches. However, the Reggae Girlz own a slight four-goal advantage on goal difference and will be boosted by Trudi Carter and Khadija Shaw, who are each coming off of hat tricks following the team’s 9-0 whipping of the Cayman Islands at the weekend.
In the group other game, Grenada will try to secure their first win in qualifying when they travel to the Dame Flora Duffy National Sports Centre in Hamilton, Bermuda to take on Bermuda. The home side has a win to their name in qualifying and will be seeking a second victory to close qualifying.
Costa Rica will seek to hold up their three-point lead in Group B when they meet Guatemala at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica. The Ticas also enjoy a three-goal advantage on goal difference (+17 vs. +14), so even a one-goal defeat to the Chapines would be enough to advance.
Saint Kitts and Nevis sit in third place in Group B and still have a chance for the next stage, as they face US Virgin Islands at Warner Park Football Stadium in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis. The home side, with a -2-goal difference, will need a sizable win and a Costa Rica defeat to entertain a shot of advancing.
With an eight-goal advantage in goal difference-Panama will welcome in El Salvador to the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, Panama in Group D play. Both sides have three wins in three in their impressive qualifying campaigns and a fourth win for either would be enough to secure a place in the Women’s Championship.
In Group D’s other game, Barbados will square off with Belize at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador, El Salvador. Barbados will be out for their second win, while Belize will be aiming for their first.
Haiti have led the way in Group E, with three wins to start qualifying and a +38 goal difference, but they must still secure a result against Cuba in order to reach the Women’s Championship. The Cubans sit second with seven points and will take aim at their Caribbean rivals at the Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Haiti will look to W Qualifying top scorer Roselord Borgella (9 goals), while Cuba can counter with Yeranis Less (7 goals).
In the other game in Group E, Honduras will host Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at the Estadio General Francisco Morazan in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The two teams each have a win and will be aiming for their second victory in qualifying.
Trinidad and Tobago can lock down first place in Group F with a win or a draw against Guyana at Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Trinidad and Tobago.
The Soca Warriors are coming off a 13-goal performance against Turks and Caicos Islands, while Guyana earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw versus Nicaragua.
Nicaragua will also wrap up their qualifying campaign in Group F at home against a tough Dominica team. The Caribbean side’s last outing was a fruitful one, as they topped Turks and Caicos Islands 8-1.