As the U.S. Women’s National Team prepares for World Cup qualification that will take place later this year, they will host The Tournament of Nations this summer.
The four-team tournament will include the U.S. Australia, Brazil and Japan and be played as part of three doubleheaders over an eight-day period in Kansas City, Kan.; East Hartford, Conn., and Bridgeview, Ill.
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, lastly, FIFA Ranking if necessary.
Australia, Brazil and Japan have all recently qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France through their Confederation tournaments that were staged in April. The U.S. will play for its World Cup berth when it hosts the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October. The U.S. is currently ranked first in the world, Australia is sixth, Brazil is eighth and Japan is eleventh. The next set of FIFA rankings comes out in June.
“Hosting world-class teams in both the SheBelieves Cup and the Tournament of Nations is exactly what we need to test ourselves and to compete to get on the top of a podium,” said Jill Ellis, head coach of the U.S. Women’s Team. “Friendlies are important, but there’s nothing like the competitive format these tournaments provide us. Australia, Brazil and Japan are three very different teams that challenge us with their respective styles and personnel and it will be another fantastic tournament for our fans to watch.”
Tournament of Nations Schedule
July 26: Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City
- Brazil vs. Australia — 4:15 p.m. EDT
- U.S. vs. Japan — 7 p.m. EDT
July 29: Pratt & Whitney Stadium, Hartford
- Japan vs. Brazil — 4:15 p.m. EDT
- U.S. vs. Australia — 7 p.m. EDT
August 2: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.
- Australia vs. Japan — 5:45 p.m. EDT
- U.S. vs. Brazil — 8:30 p.m. EDT