CONCACAF has announced that its Council has approved the late request of Cuba, Saint Lucia, and Bonaire to participate in the 2023 Road to CONCACAF W Gold Cup.
The 2024 W Gold Cup qualification competition will now include a total of 35 CONCACAF Member Associations divided into three Leagues (A, B, and C).
To preserve the integrity of the originally announced Leagues (available here and determined based on the CONCACAF Women’s Ranking as of March 2023), Cuba, Saint Lucia, and Bonaire have been placed in League C regardless of their ranking.
The new Leagues are as follows (listed in ranking order):
League A (nine top-ranked teams divided into three groups of three): Canada or Jamaica (Olympic Play-In loser), Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Saint Kitts and Nevis
League B (next 12 best-ranked teams divided into three groups of four teams): El Salvador, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Nicaragua, Antigua and Barbuda, Honduras, Suriname, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Martinique, Barbados, and Dominica
League C (lowest 12 ranked teams and three remaining participants divided into two groups of four teams and two groups of three teams): Cuba, US Virgin Islands, Belize, Curacao, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, Aruba, Grenada, Anguilla, Turks and Caicos Islands, Guadeloupe, Bahamas, Bonaire, and Sint Maarten.
After home and away group stage play, within each League, in the FIFA Women’s International match windows of September, October, and November 2023, the top finishers in each of the League A groups (three teams) will qualify for the 2024 CONCACAF W Gold Cup Group Stage.
Furthermore, the second-place finishers in each of the League A groups (three teams) and the first-place finishers in each of the League B groups (three teams) will advance to the 2024 CONCACAF W Gold Cup Prelims (six teams in total).
On May 17th, CONCACAF will conduct a draw for each League.