France 2019 joy for North American heavyweights

  • Canada and USA secure France 2019 berths
  • Two heavyweights will face each other in tantalising CONCACAF final
  • Veterans speak of qualification delight

Stars of Canada and USA were naturally delighted to seal their passage to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ after substantial semi-final victories in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

Canada booked their place at France 2019 with a 7-0 victory over Panama, while 2015 winners USA became the 17th nation to secure their spot at next year’s global finals with a 6-0 win over Jamaica.

Set to play in her fifth Women’s World Cup at France 2019, veteran Canadian forward Christine Sinclair, 35, is no stranger to reaching the global finals – and Canada’s record appearance holder and scorer has big ambitions for next year.

“It’s something you can never take for granted, qualifying for a World Cup and representing your country on the biggest stage,” said Sinclair, after netting a brace against Panama. “We’re going there hoping to win it.

“But we’ll enjoy this [victory] tonight and focus on that in a while,” she smiled.

The 2015 Women’s World Cup hosts were joined in booking their passage to France by the 2015 winners. USA’s victory over Jamaica sets up a tantalising CONCACAF final between the two North American heavyweights on 17 October.