CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup On The Way

Audley Boyd
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Jamaica Gleaner

Following overwhelming success of World Cup...

SPURRED by the overwhelming success of the FIFA Women's World Cup finals that were held in the United States earlier this month, the controlling body for the sport in the region will stage a CONCACAF Gold Cup women's championship in the year 2000.

Featured among the teams will be world champions the United States.

"The huge success of the FIFA Women's World Cup has given us the impetus and the opportunity to continue the sporting and social advance of women's football," said CONCACAF General Secretary, Chuck Blazer, who is also a member of the FIFA Executive Committee.

"Many steps had already been taken but this will provide the best possible encouragement and additional opportunity," Blazer said.

CONCACAF's Executive Committee is to decide the dates and location of the first Women's Gold Cup for regional teams, as well as the format and number of finalists as well as guest teams.

In principle, the women's CONCACAF Gold Cup will follow the format of the men's event which will next be held in February 2000 in Miami, San Diego and Los Angeles. Jamaica are among the finalists from CONCACAF and they will be joined by three invited national teams from other regions.

With regards to the inclusion of the US team, which is a part of CONCACAF, Austin "Jack" Warner, a vice-president of FIFA, said: "The US women are, of course, the standard by which women's football is measured. By placing the interests of all our women's national teams on equality with those of men's national teams, we intend to make CONCACAF the standard by which future progress in women's football is measured among the confederations of FIFA."

Warner, who is the president of CONCACAF, added "This is intended as a stimulus for all female soccer players at all levels throughout nations and territories of our 38 members."