2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying (Bob Frid)
Bob Frid

2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tickets on sale in September

The Canadian Soccer Association today released ticket sales information for the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament that will be held at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC, from January 19 to 29, 2012. Tournament packages will go on sale September 9, 2011, with affordable prices featuring an average ticket price of just under $6.50 per match across 15 matches in eight days of world class soccer.

The competition will see Canada, the reigning CONCACAF women's champion, FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011 finalist USA, Mexico, three teams from the Caribbean and two from Central America contest for the region's two berths at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament in London.

All tournament packages will be available in three price categories ($69/$95/$125) and include six doubleheaders (January 19-24), one all-important semi-final doubleheader (January 27) and the final (January 29). The series package offers a savings of 33% over individual ticket prices. In addition, family packages of four tickets will see an additional 15% off the already reduced series package price, and group packages of for ten or more  will benefit from an additional 20% off the series package reduced rate.

Individual tickets will go on sale in late October, following the official draw. A complete list of ticket options and prices will be available on canadasoccer.com and ticketmaster.ca.

As part of today's announcement, the official event logo was also unveiled in Vancouver. In keeping with traditional CONCACAF logo style, the tournament's emblem illustrates the newly revitalized BC Place Stadium over the Canadian flag.

This marks the third edition of CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualification Tournament, held every four years since 2004. In 2008, the Canadian team went undefeated before finishing in second place behind CONCACAF champion USA, falling in the championship final on kicks from the penalty mark. Canada still advanced to the Women's Olympic Football Tournament for the first time where it reached the quarter-final stage. Once again, Canada's nemesis was USA: the Canadians came within an extra-time goal of knocking off the eventual Olympic champions, but had to settle for an eighth-place finish.

In the most recent CONCACAF championship in November 2010, Canada was crowned continental winners ahead of USA (and runner-up Mexico). The four-top teams at the 2010 CONCACAF championship were Canada, Mexico, USA and Costa Rica. Canada and Mexico have both qualified for the Women's Olympic Football Tournament once while USA has qualified all four times, winning three gold medals and one silver medal.