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Women's AFCON Begins Saturday With Four World Cup Places Up For Grabs

CAPE TOWN - World Cup places will be up for grabs at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off in Morocco on Saturday, with the top four finishers guaranteed a spot at the 2023 finals in Australia and New Zealand.

Africa previously had three places at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, but with the field for the 2023 tournament expanded to 32 teams, there are now four automatic berths for the continent and the chance of two more places via a proposed 10-team playoff tournament.

¿Fue La Ausencia De Marcelo Flores La Causa Del Fracaso De México Sub-20?

Un ciclo de sueño no es suficiente para reducir el shock. La selección mexicana sub-20 cayó ante Guatemala en las eliminatorias Concacaf y las consecuencias son catastróficas: el Tri no irá al Mundial de Indonesia 2023 ni tampoco a los Juegos Olímpicos de París en 2024.

USWNT’s Youth Rebuild Has Yet To Take Flight — Is It Time To Worry?

The USWNT huffed and puffed its way to a 2-0 victory over Colombia on Tuesday night in Sandy, Utah. It was hardly the first time the Americans struggled to put away lower competition, and with World Cup and Olympic qualifying less than a week away, you have to wonder if it’s time to start worrying about the USWNT’s rebuild. 

USMNT Hires Revolutionary Set Piece Coach Ahead Of World Cup

Heading toward the World Cup, the USMNT needed to do something drastic to alter its approach to set pieces. 

In the 14-game qualifying cycle, the U.S. managed only three goals from set pieces. They all came in a single match — the 3-0 victory over Honduras in Minnesota. It's also worth noting that Kellyn Acosta, the best dead ball specialist in the squad, provided the service on all three and is expected to start on the bench in Qatar as Tyler Adams' backup.

Carson Pickett Starts And Makes History As First USWNT Player With A Limb Difference

Carson Pickett made history on Tuesday during the USWNT’s 2-0 friendly victory against Colombia as the first player with a limb difference to play for the national team. Pickett is a fullback and had a quality 90 minutes against Colombia playing at left back.

USYNT One Win Away From 2024 Summer Olympics After Paxten Aaronson Brace

The United States men's U-20 team beat Costa Rica 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the semifinals of the Concacaf U-20 Championship in Honduras, clinching a place at the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup and moving one win away from a spot at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

The Philadelphia Union's Paxten Aaronson — younger brother of Leeds United and USMNT attacker Brenden Aaronson — was man of the match for the USYNT with both goals.

Zack Steffen Finds His New Team — Will It Be Enough For USMNT No. 1 Goalkeeper In Qatar?

Zack Steffen is expected to spend the 2022-23 season with EFL Championship club Middlesbrough on loan from Manchester City. The Zack Steffen Middlesbrough loan took place after City decided the American was no longer the best choice as the backup goalkeeper.

Manchester City has ironically found another “Stefan” as the backup and is looking to sign Stefan Ortega from Arminia Bielefeld.

El Tri Is Coming To The Rose Bowl: Mexico Announces Three More Friendlies Before World Cup

The upcoming Mexico friendlies schedule was released on Tuesday, and it was announced that El Tri will play Peru and Colombia in the U.S. in September. There will also be a third friendly in November vs. Sweden in Girona, Spain.

World Cup Group Of Death: Every Group At Qatar 2022, Ranked

What is the group of death World Cup 2022? With all 32 spots filled and the tournament in Qatar fast approaching, it's time to reveal The18's collective rankings for all eight of the competition's groups.

By asking our writers to individually rank each group, we've taken their responses and found the average of their picks. The two easiest groups fell far below the other six in our rankings, while we also had a clear selection for the feared "group of death." 

Group Of Death World Cup 2022

*Groups ranked from softest to hardest*

USMNT U-20s Move One Step Closer To Olympics With 5-0 Win Over Nicaragua

The United States men's U-20 team hammered Nicaragua 5-0 on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Concacaf U-20 Championship in Honduras. Victory over Costa Rica on Tuesday would guarantee passage to the 2023 U-20 World Cup in Indonesia, but the ultimate goal is a win in the semifinals on July 1 to book a place at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

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