CHICAGO (May 16, 2018) – After hosting the 2018 SheBelieves Cup in early March, a tournament won by the USA, U.S. Soccer will stage its second elite four-team women’s international tournament of the year as Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan., Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., and Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., play host to the USA, Australia, Brazil and Japan for the 2018 Tournament of Nations.
Tickets for all three doubleheaders are now on sale through ussoccer.com. For the games in Kansas City and Chicago, tickets are also available via phone at 1-800-745-3000. [Note: Tickets are not sold at any of the three stadium ticket offices except on the day of the event.] Groups of 20 or more can order at ussoccer.com.
Tournament of Nations VIP Packages (special packages that include a premium ticket, tournament t-shirt and scarf, access to the field before the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members who support the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The competition format is the same as the SheBelieves Cup and last year’s Tournament of Nations with the four teams each participating in three doubleheader events at three different venues over an eight-day period.
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.
FOX Sports, home of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will present live coverage of the USA’s Tournament of Nations matches on FS1. Games will also be available via FOXSports.com and through the FOX Now and FOX Sports GO apps on iOS and Android, as well as internet-connected devices, including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.
The 2018 Tournament of Nations will feature four of the top 11 women’s teams in the latest FIFA rankings, with No. 1 USA followed by No. 6 Australia, No. 8 Brazil and No. 11 Japan. The tournament winner will be based on total points — three for a win, one for a tie. FS1 will televise all three U.S. WNT matches during the competition, which will take teams to Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford Connecticut (July 29) and Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois (Aug. 2) following the first round of games in Kansas City.
2018 TOURNAMENT OF NATIONS SCHEDULE
|July 26||Brazil vs. Australia||Children's Mercy Park||Kansas City, KS||3:15 p.m.|
|July 26||USA vs. Japan||Children's Mercy Park||Kansas City, KS||6 p.m.||FS1|
|July 29||Japan vs. Brazil||Pratt & Whitney Stadium||East Hartford, CT||3:15 p.m.|
|July 29||USA vs. Australia||Pratt & Whitney Stadium||East Hartford, CT||6 p.m.||FS1|
|Aug. 2||Australia vs. Japan||Toyota Park||Bridgeview, IL||4:45 p.m.|
|Aug. 2||USA vs. Brazil||Toyota Park||Bridgeview, IL||7:30 p.m.||FS1|
Australia, Brazil and Japan have all recently qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France through their Confederation tournaments that were staged in April. The USA will play for its World Cup berth when it hosts the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in October. The U.S. is currently ranked first in the world, Australia is sixth, Brazil is eighth and Japan is eleventh. The next set of FIFA rankings comes out in June.