You want World Cup Qualifying action this year, people of the DMV? You got it. The eight-team CONCACAF Women's Championship, which also serves as the confederation's qualifying tournament for next summer's World Cup, is coming to the USA October 15-26, and RFK Stadium is one of three venues for the group stage, joining Sporting Park in Kansas City and Toyota Park outside of Chicago. Each of the three cities will host two double-headers, one for each of the two four-team groups.
What that means, effectively, is that every team in the tournament will appear in each of those cities, so RFK will be welcoming the United States Women's National Team, along with their Mexican, Costa Rican and Guatemalan counterparts and representatives of four Caribbean teams yet to be determined. (As host of the World Cup, Canada needs not go through qualification and so is not participating in this event.)
The District will play host for the last set of matches in both groups: After opening play in KC and moving on to Chicago, group A will conclude with two games at RFK Stadium on October 20, and Group B will wrap up at RFK the following day. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals, so we should be assured of meaningful qualification matches at RFK - though hopefully the US will have already secured advancement before the group finale. The qualifying tournament draw and kickoff times will be set on September 5.
Both teams who make the final of this tournament will automatically qualify for the World Cup, as will the winner of the third-place game. The fourth-place finisher will meet the team that finishes third in CONMEBOL qualifying in a playoff to a berth. All matches will be available on Fox Sports 1 and 2 or on their streaming platform, FOXSportsGO.
I expect RFK will be rocking for these games, as will PPL Park in Chester, Pa. for the semifinals and final (and that third-place game, too). My question to you: will you be going to any of them? Let us know in the comments.