January 12, 2016
U.S. Women's National Team to host four-team tournament
The Women's World Cup champion U.S. national team will host a four-team international tournament featuring four of the top five national teams as England, France and Germany play in the SheBelieves Cup March 3-9.
Conceived and developed by the USWNT players, #SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and encourage them to accomplish goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign launched in the run-up to the 2015 Women's World Cup.
By playing in the 2016 SheBelieves Cup, the top four-nation women's tournament in the world this year, the U.S. will miss the Algarve Cup, an annual tournament in Portugal it has attended for the past 18 years and 20 times overall.
Doubleheaders will take place March 3 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa (Germany vs. France and USA vs. England), March 6 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville (USA vs. France and Germany vs. England) and March 9 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton (France vs. England and USA vs. Germany). The first U.S. match against England will be broadcast on FS1, and its following two games will be broadcast on ESPN3. None of the non-U.S. matches are scheduled to be broadcast at this time.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15 through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at Ticketmaster centers in the venue areas, except at Raymond James Stadium and FAU Stadium (day of the event only).
The winner of the tournament will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the first tie-breaker being overall goal difference, followed by most total tournament goals scored, then head-to-head result and FIFA ranking if necessary.
The U.S. is first in the FIFA Women's World Rankings, Germany is second, France is third and England fifth. Germany and England advanced to semifinals of the Women's World Cup. Germany defeated France in a quarterfinal penalty kick shootout.
"When I took this job, one of my main objectives was to play the best teams in the world during our preparation periods and you can't ask for better matches," U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. "This is another sign of U.S. Soccer's dedication to the women's game to organize a tournament like this, which will bring some of the world's best teams and players to the USA. To get the chance to play these great teams on home soil is a treat for our fans and extremely valuable in the further evolution of our team. These are the kinds of games where you get tested all over the field and can really evaluate players and learn a lot about ourselves."
The meeting with Germany will be the first for the U.S. since the Women's World Cup semifinal, a 2-0 U.S. victory. The meeting with France will be the first since the 2015 Algarve Cup championship game, a 2-0 U.S. win that reversed a 2-0 loss in the teams' first match of 2015. The meeting with England will be the first since a 1-0 U.S. victory in Milton Keynes, England, last February that sparked a 24-game unbeaten streak which included the run to the World Cup title.
Germany faces France in a rematch of the quarterfinal and England takes on Germany, the team it defeated in the third-place match.
The SheBelieves Cup underlines U.S. Soccer's continued commitment to investing in the growth of women's soccer, and will be the globe's premier women's soccer tournament staged in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
U.S. Soccer will offer a four-day Girls Fantasy Camp in Nashville, Tenn., March 4-7, open to girls born in 2001, 2002 and 2003. The fan-player opportunity includes training sessions with former Women's National Team stars, VIP access to a training session, on-field match tickets, a pre-game stadium tour and field-level access to watch warmups, U.S. Soccer training apparel and jersey, accommodations, meals.