The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football has announced that the United States will host the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. The United States hosted the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship in 2012, when matches were held in Los Angeles; Kansas City, Kansas; and Nashville, Tennessee.
“We are looking forward to hosting the Olympic Qualifying Championship and showcasing the quality of soccer in the region,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “The Olympics hold a special place in the hearts of all Americans and this is a great opportunity to see these young athletes from across North, Central America and the Caribbean compete for the opportunity to reach their goal of playing in the Olympic Games.”
The tournament will feature eight nations divided into two groups of four, including the United States, Mexico and Canada. The top two finishers in each group after round-robin play will advance to the semifinals. Countries that advance to the final will earn an automatic berth to Rio 2016. The third-place finisher will advance to a playoff against Colombia for one additional spot.
“The Olympic Qualifying Championship provides an ideal stage for CONCACAF nations to demonstrate the bright future the Confederation holds on the field,” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb. “We look forward to some great soccer as the competing nations strive to match our historic Olympic performances three years ago in England from Honduras, and of course Mexico, the 2012 Olympic Champion.”
The Olympic Qualifying Championship will be played October 1–13. Host venues for the competition will be announced at a later date.