Datebook: USA will host Concacaf Olympic women's qualifying

The USA will again host the Concacaf Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the first official competition under new women's national team head coach Vlatko Andonovski.

The eight-team tournament will be played Jan. 28-Feb. 9 at sites to be announced on Thursday when the draw is held at the Mediapro studios in Miami. (The draw will air live at 2:30 pm. ET on Concacaf platforms.)

Concacaf will send two nations to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan. The eight teams that will take part in qualifying are: the USA, Canada and Mexico from North America, Costa Rica and Panama from Central America and Haiti, Jamaica and St. Kitts & Nevis from the Caribbean.

The key date is Feb. 7 when the two semifinals will be held. The top two finishers in each group will cross over for the semifinals, and the winners of those matches will qualify for the Olympics. The championship will be played on Feb. 9.

The USA has won the last four Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournaments, in 2004 in Costa Rica, in 2008 in Mexico, in 2012 in Canada and in 2016 when it hosted for the first time, playing games in Edinburg, Houston and Frisco, Texas.
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