Women soccer lovers are counting the days before the beginning of the 2017 Tournament of Nations. The tournament will be held from July 27 to August 3, in three venues across the West Coast – Seattle, San Diego, and Carson, California. The participants of the tournament are the hosting team, the US, and guest teams from Brazil, Japan, and Australia. It’s the second time this four-team elite group is meeting for an occasion like this, so we were wondering are there any novelties in this year’s competition.
Hosting Tournament of Nations
The US Women Soccer team currently holds the first place in the scoreboard, while Japan, Australia, and Brazil hold sixth, seventh, and eighth place respectively. The idea is to host a tournament each summer during the years that do not involve Olympic Games or a World Cup.
For this year, the organizers have prepared the round-robin type of competition, which was formerly held under the name SheBelieves Cup. The winner of the tournament will be selected based on the total score points, as well as overall goal difference, most total goal scores or Fifa ranking, in the case of the first tie-breaker. The total points per game are 3 for wins and 1 for a tie.
The opening day, July 27, starts with the game between Brazil and Japan at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. The match that follows is holding between the US and Australia, which will be broadcasted on ESPN.
Three days after the opening, July 30, the teams are moving to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The pairs for this round of the tournament are Japan and Australia in the first match and the US and Brazil in the latter. This game is scheduled for a broadcast on ESPN 2.
The last games of the tournament will be held on August 3, at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Australia will try to take down Brazil, while the US will meet with Japan. The match of the hosting team will be broadcasted on ESPN 2.
Closing the gap between the cultures
The US Women Soccer team is an absolute favorite for this tournament, but we shouldn’t take the game for granted. Although the US team holds the significant advantage in win/loss score, we’re expecting a highly intense match with Japan. The history of the two teams is more than dynamic: in 33 games, the US team won in 26, but don’t forget the last couple of international tournaments where these girls showed some furious gameplay.