With the same energy of a student hitting submit on their paper at 11:59 PM, Concacaf has pulled it together and negotiated a deal to broadcast Olympic qualifying (mostly) on TV. Concacaf struck a deal with FOX Sports, they announced today, in a three-year English language deal.
The deal doesn’t just cover women’s Olympic qualification; it also covers the men’s qualifying in March, 2021 and 2023 Gold Cup, and Concacaf Champions League.
Given all the tournaments and competitions involved, perhaps it’s a little unfair to roast Concacaf too much for coming in late with this deal, but also it majorly sucks that the WNT will take the brunt of this bad timing since the tournament starting literally tomorrow allows zero time for proper promotion - something important to keep in mind when ratings come in. It seems likely that Concacaf was insisting on a bundle instead of trying to find a home for just the women’s tournament to ensure that it would get on TV, delaying things until now.
Olympic qualifying coverage will include other countries, although some of the games will be streaming only. The full schedule is below.
Tuesday, January 28
Costa Rica vs Panama - 6 PM ET, FS2
USA vs Haiti - 8:30 PM ET, FS2
Wednesday, January 29
Canada vs St. Kitts & Nevis - 5:30 PM ET, FS2
Mexico vs Jamaica - 8 PM ET, FS2
Friday, January 31
Haiti vs Costa Rica - 6 PM ET, Fox Soccer Plus
Panama vs USA - 8:30 PM ET, Fox Soccer Plus
Saturday, February 1
St. Kitts & Nevis vs Mexico - 3:30 PM ET, FS2
Jamaica vs Canada - 6 PM ET, Fox Soccer Plus
Monday, February 3
Panama vs Haiti - 6 PM ET, FS2
USA vs Costa Rica - 8:30 PM ET, FS1
Tuesday, February 4
Canada vs Mexico - 6:30 PM ET, FS2
Jamaica vs St. Kitts & Nevis - 9 PM ET, FS2
Friday, February 7
SEMIFINAL 1 - 7 PM ET, Fox Soccer Plus
SEMIFINAL 2 - 10 PM ET, FS1
Sunday, February 9
FINAL - 6 PM ET, FS2