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CONCACAF planning to launch Champions League after 2023 FIFA World Cup

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CONCACAF is planning to launch a Women’s Champions League after the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, according to The Inquirer.

The tournament could begin in 2023 or 2024, loaded with teams from the most developed leagues in the continent: Liga MX Femenil (Mexico) and the National Women’s Soccer League (USA). Teams from Central American and the Caribbean could be also considered for the competition if they are deemed to possess the resources to travel and to compete with.

We have already seen games between Liga MX Femenil and NWSL clubs, a memorable one being between Tigres Femenil (Mexico) and Houston Dash (USA) in 2019 with a victory 2-1 for the Mexican side.

This news is fantastic for the growth of women’s soccer. The start of an international club tournament is a major step forward in successfully growing the sport, and potentially could lead to negotiations with further confederations such as UEFA (Europe) and CONMEBOL (South America) with the help of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association).

CONMEBOL recently saw Ferroviária (Brazil) crowned as champions of the Female Copa Libertadores, defeating America de Cali (Colombia) in the final. This was the 12th edition of the tournament and the upcoming 2021 edition of the tournament is going to be held in Chile from September to October.

In February 2020, the South American and European confederations reached an agreement to resurrect the legendary Intercontinental Cup, a tournament that is celebrated between the champions from both continents. This was originally played solely between the male clubs from 1960-2004 (replaced by the present FIFA Club World Cup) – it’s exciting to see it finally return.

Considering that intercontinental synergy, why not take a similar approach with CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, uniting both confederations? Just imagine having teams from both confederations in each regional tournament or at least, partake in a new championship between the best four teams of each side. Perhaps in the future we could be able to see something of that sort and become engrossed in it.

Synergy: the most important word to achieve goals and success. Hopefully the respective confederations and national bodies will continue to think of more interesting ways to keep growing not just the level of play, but also expectations of supporters.

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