Things to know about the Tournament of Nations

Brought in to replace the SheBelieves Cup, US Soccer has planned to begin the Tournament of Nations, contested by four nations. The organisation hopes to bring together some of the best women’s soccer players in the world to compete for the title. The likes of Japan, Brazil, and Australia will compete alongside US Soccer, which stands at 1st position in the world soccer.

Uniqueness

Along with the competitive nature of the women’s soccer, all teams have unique nicknames. Brazil are nicknamed, the Canarinhas, which means the female canaries in Portuguese for their traditional yellow jersey. The Kangaroos are known as the Matildas, named after the song “Waltzing Matilda”, the unofficial national anthem of the nation whereas, the Japanese Women’s national team is nicknamed Nadeshiko, meaning the “personification of the idealised Japanese women” in Japanese.

When and Where

The tournament will be played in three venues along the west coast. Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium and California’s StubHub Center have been selected to host the tournament, which will feature three doubleheaders. Brazil will play against Japan in the opening game of the tournament in Seattle on the 27th of July, while the second game of the day will see hosts United States take up against Australia. All the US Soccer’s games will be broadcasted on ESPN. The final match of the tournament will be played on the 3rd of August in StubHub Center, as United States face Japan. The first tie-breaker will be the overall goal difference, and if the goal difference remains the same, the team with most goals scored will win.

US vs The Competitors

The USA has played Australia 27 times, winning 25 of those games. Australia last reached the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympic Games, before being knocked out by Brazil on penalties. United States versus Brazil has seen some epic games over the years. In 2004 and ’08 Olympics, United States defeated Brazil in the final to win the gold medal. Against the Japanese too, the United States have played some of the most memorable games, including three of the last four World Cup finals.  

Format and Significance

Tournament of Nations’ format will be same as that of the SheBelieves Cup. The winner of the round-robin competition will be based on the total points. The US Soccer hopes to host the tournament every year, which does not feature a World Cup or Olympic games. The same four teams will be competing for the title next year. The Tournament of Nation hopes to create connections globally and culturally, that inspires the young fans from around the world echoing the principles of the previously contested, SheBelieves Cup, which focused on inspiring young girls to follow and believe in their dreams.

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