Brazil continues its dominance in South American women’s football by winning their sixth overall title at the 2014 Copa America Femenina held from September 11th to September 28th 2014. The tournament was a qualifier for three different events; the 2015 Pan American Games, the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. The format was a first stage round robin with 2 groups of five teams where the top 2 from each group qualify to the 2015 Pan American Games and advance to the final stage which was also a round robin between the four teams with World Cup and Olympic berths on the line.
The four teams to reach the final stage and to the 2015 Pan American Games were Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. In the first matches Colombia tied Argentina 0-0 while Brazil easily won over Ecuador 4-0 with two goals from Cristiane. In the next set of matches Colombia was able to hold on with Yoreli Rincon’s 55th minute goal to win 2-1 over Ecuador while Brazil handily defeated Argentina 6-0 to avenge their first stage loss to them. For the final matches with Ecuador’s 3-2 comeback against Argentina the fight to qualify to the World Cup and Olympics were over. Ecuador will compete in a play-off match against a CONCACAF team for a spot while both Brazil and Colombia qualified to the World Cup directly. With Brazil as hosts to the 2016 Olympics Colombia also qualifies to the Olympics for the second straight time regardless of the final result. In the end Brazil held on to 0-0 tie in order to win the Copa America Femenina. Cristiane won the golden boot award by scoring 6 goals.
For South America this was the only opportunity to qualify for the women’s tournament in football. Colombia will be looking to perform better compared to 2012 where they lost all three of their matches and scored no goals.
- CONMEBOL. Copa América Femenina. Access on Mar 1 2015