The Olympic men's soccer qualifying tournament will take place next spring in three American cities, CONCACAF announced on Thursday. Canada's under-23 team will be among the eight countries contending for Olympic berths.

The tournament will determine the confederation's two representatives at the 2012 Olympic Games. There will be two four-team groups with the top two finishers from each group advancing to the semifinals. 

Canada will be one of eight nations in the tourney. 

Nashville, Tenn., will host games March 22, 24 and 26. Carson, Calif., will host matches on March 23, 25 and 27. The semifinals will be played in Kansas City, Kan., on March 31 and the final on April 2. 

There are already five countries in the tournament, in addition to Canada: the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama. The final round of Caribbean qualifying between Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Cuba and St. Kitts and Nevis will be played Nov. 24-28.