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USWNT Women's World Cup qualifiers to be played in USA

The path to the Women's World Cup goes through the U.S.

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying will be played in the United States, the confederation announced on Friday. Originally, the matches were supposed to be played in Mexico, but they have been moved north of the border now.

The CONCACAF Women's Championship, which serves as the confederation's Women's World Cup qualifying, will be held in the fall, although no hard dates have been announced yet. The host cities have not been determined yet either, so there is still work to do before the tournament is sorted out.

The U.S. shouldn't have much problem qualifying for the Women's World Cup. Three teams will qualify from the CONCACAF Women's Championship with a fourth going to a playoff and this time around, the tournament will not include Canada. The Canucks automatically qualified for the World Cup as hosts so the U.S. only needs a top-three finish in a tournament that doesn't include their biggest rival to qualify.