The United States women’s national team will open the annual SheBelieves Cup Feb. 27 against Japan at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, following the 4 p.m. opening match of the tournament between England and Brazil.
The four-team international tournament features three doubleheaders. The U.S. also plays England in Nashville, Tenn., March 2 and closes the tournament with Brazil March 5 in Tampa, Fla. The winner will be based on total points. In the event of a tie, the first tie-breaker is overall goal difference, followed by goals scored, then head-to-head result. Each team also allowed six substitutes per game. Additional rule changes (see below) will be tested during the tournament.
“SheBelieves started as a hashtag in 2015 leading up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup when the U.S. Women’s National Team shared a call to action for young women to set high goals and work to be the best on the field, or in their chosen field, whether it was academics, the arts, finance, technology or wherever their interests led them,” read a statement released by U.S. Soccer. “The U.S. WNT team led by example, winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in resounding fashion.”
The following year, U.S. Soccer launched the SheBelieves Cup. The USWNT won the inaugural tournament, lost to France in 2017 and then reclaimed the title last year.
This year, the tournament will serve as preparation for the U.S. to defend its world title. The 2019 Women’s World Cup begins June 7 in France. FIFA currently ranks the U.S. first in the world, while England is fourth, Japan is eighth and Brazil is 10th.
In January, the USWNT lost a friendly to France 3-1 in Le Havre and then beat Spain 1-0 in Alicante. U.S. coach Jill Ellis named the 23-player SheBelieves Cup roster Feb. 12. The team then trained in Tampa for a week before heading to Chester.
See the full SheBelieves Cup schedule and U.S. roster below.
2019 SheBelieves Cup Schedule
|Feb. 27||England vs. Brazil||4 p.m. ET||Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.||England 2, Brazil 1|
|Feb. 27||USA vs. Japan||7 p.m. ET||Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.||USA 2, Japan 2|
|March 2||Brazil vs. Japan||1 p.m. CT||Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.||Japan 3, Brazil 1|
|March 2||USA vs. England||3:30 p.m. CT||Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.||USA 2, England 2|
|March 5||Japan vs. England||5:15 p.m. ET||Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.||England 3, Japan 0|
|March 5||USA vs. Brazil||8 p.m. ET||Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.||USA 1, Brazil 0|
U.S. WNT roster by position (CAPS/GOALS)
DEFENDERS (7): 7-Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 32/0), 12-Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 14/1); 19-Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 77/24), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 112/2); 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 151/0), 14-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), 2-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 28/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 22-Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 2/0), 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 74/18); 16-Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 21/6), 3-Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 43/8), 6-Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 11/0), 25-McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 8/0)
FORWARDS (7): 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 143/25); 10-Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 266/105), 20-Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 5/1), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 155/98), 23-Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 108/47), 11- Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 45/13), 15- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 146/41)
Other notes provided by U.S. Soccer:
New rules get test run at SheBelieves Cup: U.S. Soccer has received approval from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to implement three changes to the Laws of the Game during the upcoming tournament.
The 133rd AGM of The IFAB will be held in Aberdeen, Scotland on March 2, 2019. At this event it is very likely that the following changes will be approved to the Laws of the Game for 2019/20 and be ratified:
- A player being substituted must leave the field of play at the nearest point on the boundary line.
- Yellow and red cards for misconduct can be issued to team officials.
- On a goal kick and a free kick for the defending team in their own penalty area, the ball is in play as soon as the kick is taken so a player – or opponent as long as they started outside the penalty or were not given the proper time to exit the penalty – can play the ball before it leaves the penalty area.
While additional changes are being proposed for ratification, U.S. Soccer requested and received approval for the summarized experiments above during the 2019 SheBelieves Cup.
Charmed in Chester: The U.S. is unbeaten in its six all-time games in Chester, Pa. (5-0-1), including a 1-0 win vs. Germany in the 2017 SheBelieves Cup. No opponent has scored against the USA in the last four games in Chester.
Countdown to the Cup: The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be the eighth consecutive World Cup appearance for the USA, which has appeared in each of the previous seven tournaments that have been contested and won in 1991, 1999 and 2015. The USA is one of six countries to qualify for all eight Women’s World Cups along with Brazil, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden and Nigeria. The World Cup will be held from June 7-July 7 in nine cities in France. The USA’s Draw and placement in Group F gave the Americans venues that are all within a two-hour drive of each other, with the opening game against Thailand taking place in Reims, followed Chile in Paris and then Sweden in Le Havre. The 2019 SheBelieves Cup will take the USA halfway through Countdown to the Cup, the team’s 10-game pre-World Cup schedule that brings the WNT to all four times zones in the continental United States, giving fans across the country a chance to cheer the team on to France.
2019 U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE
|COUNTDOWN TO THE CUP|
|Feb. 27||Japan – SheBelieves Cup||7 p.m. ET||Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.|
|March 2||England – SheBelieves Cup||3:30 p.m. CT||Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.|
|March 5||Brazil – SheBelieves Cup||8 p.m. ET||Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.|
|April 4||Australia||7 p.m. MT||Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.|
|April 7||Belgium||6 p.m. PT||Banc of California Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif.|
|May 12||South Africa – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods||1:30 p.m. PT||Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.|
|May 16||New Zealand – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods||7 p.m. CT||Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.|
|May 26||Mexico – Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods||12 p.m. ET||Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.|
|2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP|
|June 11||Thailand – 2019 WWC||3 p.m. ET||Auguste Delaune Stadium; Reims, France|
|June 16||Chile – 2019 WWC||12 p.m. ET||Parc des Princes; Paris, France|
|June 20||Sweden – 2010 WWC||3 p.m. ET||Stade Océane; Le Havre, France|