England, Japan, and Spain have been announced as the participants of the 2020 SheBelieves Cup.
By: Catherine Paquette, SPC Staff Writer
Chicago, USA, (January 8, 2020) – The 2020 She Believes Cup will take place from the 5th to the 11th of March 2020. SheBelieves was created post-2015 Women’s World Cup as part of the #SheBelieves campaign. This will be the fifth edition of the invitational US Soccer Federation hosted tournament. SheBelieves is a four-nation round-robin that has taken place in the March FIFA type 2 international window. This permits nations to play 3 instead of 2 games during the window, allowing each nation to play each other once.
This year’s tournament will have hosts the United States as well as England, who have been participants since the inaugural year, and new invitees Japan and Spain. England is the current tournament champions. The USWNT has won twice (2016, 2018).
2017 champions France will be hosting their own tournament during this window, le Tournoi de France. Another participant from last year’s tournament, Brazil, will also take part in France’s tournament. Germany, who has been a participant since the inaugural year have opted to play in the Algarve Cup this year.
The US Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski stipulated his excitement of the upcoming meeting and the challenge it will bring to the USWNT. “We look forward to welcoming these really talented teams to the USA and there’s nothing better than facing players who force you to be your best in order to be successful, which is what we’ll get from England, Japan, and Spain. There’s some great history between these teams – some very recent history — and I know all six games will be excellent displays to show why the women’s game keeps increasing in popularity and competitiveness.”
England coach Phil Neville stated: “We are excited to take part in our fifth consecutive SheBelieves Cup as it is always such an exceptional competition hosting some of the best teams in the world,” adding “It is a tournament we always look forward to in the fixture calendar, the high tempo and intensity of the competition provides a great test for our squad with matches taking place every few days, as well as offering our players the opportunity to play in front of large crowds in excellent stadiums. We were delighted to lift the trophy for the first time last year, and it is an achievement we hope to replicate this time around.”
The tournament’s schedule is as follows. It features three sets of double-headers:
|March 5||Spain v Japan||Exploria Stadium||Orlando, Fla.||4:15 PM|
|March 5||USA v England||Exploria Stadium||Orlando, Fla.||7 PM|
|March 8||Japan v England||Red Bull Arena||Harrison, N.J.||2:15 PM|
|March 8||USA v Spain||Red Bull Arena||Harrison, N.J.||4:15 PM|
|March 11||England v Spain||Toyota Stadium||Frisco, Texas||4:15 PM|
|March 11||USA v Japan||Toyota Stadium||Frisco, Texas||7:00 PM|
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, January 17 at 10 AM EST at ussoccer.com.
Prior to the tournament, the USWNT will be participating in the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifier from the 28th of January to the 9th of February. This will be England, Japan and Spain’s first matches of the 2020 year.