The SheBelieves Cup adds a showcase event to the campaign, which will continue to spread its positive message and brings together the world’s most elite female soccer players to compete in the U.S., providing a stage to shine the spotlight on positive female role models (athletes and non-athletes alike) and showcase their accomplishments both on the field and in culture at large.
Fourth-ranked England, eighth-ranked Japan and tenth-ranked Brazil will join the top-ranked USA in a tournament that features international women’s soccer powers and dozens of the world’s best players in the six-game competition. The USA won the inaugural edition in 2016, France won the 2017 tournament, and the USA claimed victory again in 2018.
As in the three editions, the 2019 tournament will feature the four teams participating in three doubleheader events at three different venues over a seven-day period.
All six games promise to be highly entertaining and competitive match-ups. The 2019 SheBelieves Cup kicks off with Brazil opening against England on Wednesday, February 27 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania (4:00 pm ET), followed by the USA against Japan (7 p.m. ET on FS1) in a rematch of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. All the teams will then travel to Nissan Stadium in Nashville where Brazil faces Japan (2:00 pm ET) and USA will play England on Saturday, March 2, (4:30 p.m. ET on FOX). The tournament will finish on Tuesday, March 5, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida as England takes on Japan (5:15 pm ET) followed by the tournament finale featuring USA versus Brazil (8 p.m. ET on FS1).
vs. Japan: The USA and Japan have played some of the most historic matches in women’s soccer history. The countries have met four times since the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final with the USA going 3-0-1 in the games. The most recent meeting was a 4-2 victory last summer at the 2018 Tournament of Nations.
vs. England: Since 2015, the USA and England have played four consecutive one-goal games with the USA winning three of them 1-0 and losing the other 1-0. The most recent was the USA’s 1-0 win at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup.
vs. Brazil: The USA vs. Brazil rivalry is an epic one, and the most recent meetings have produced wildly entertaining games. At the 2017 Tournament of Nations, the USA came back from a 3-1 deficit to score three times in the final 12 minutes and won 4-3. At the 2018 Tournament of Nations, the USA needed a two-goal win to take the title, fell behind 1-0 on an own goal, and then scored four unanswered to win the tourney.
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.