BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University and FAU Stadium will serve as one of three sites for U.S. Soccer, which is hosting an elite four-team international tournament. The tournament will feature four of the top-five ranked women’s national teams in the world as England, France and Germany join the USA for the SheBelieves Cup which will take place from Thursday, March 3 through Wednesday, March 9 at three southeastern United States venues.
The SheBelieves Cup underlines U.S. Soccer’s continued commitment to investing in the growth of women’s soccer, and will be the globe’s premier women’s soccer tournament staged in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Conceived and developed by the USWNT players, #SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and encourage them to accomplish all their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign launched in the run-up to the 2015 Women’s World Cup and has grown since then as the team and its fans have taken its powerful message into their communities.
U.S. Soccer will pit four of the world’s top-ranked teams in three doubleheaders taking place on Thursday, March 3 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (Germany vs. France at 5 p.m. est. and USA vs. England at 7:30 p.m.), Sunday, March 6 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. (USA vs. France at 2 p.m. and Germany vs. England at 4:30 p.m.) and Wednesday, March 9 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. (France vs. England 5 p.m. and USA vs. Germany at 7:30 p.m.).
The USA’s first match against England will be broadcast on FS1, and the USA’s following two matches versus France and Germany will air on ESPN3. Non-USA matches are not scheduled to be televised at this time.
Tickets for all three doubleheaders go on sale to the public Friday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. local time through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers in the local venue areas. [Note: Tickets are not sold at either Raymond James Stadium or FAU Stadium except on the day of the event.] Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are available for the Nashville event only, exclusively through ussoccer.com.
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.
The USA is currently first in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings. Germany is ranked second, France is third and England is fifth. The USA, Germany and England all advanced to semifinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with Germany beating France in a quarterfinal penalty kick shootout to earn its spot in the last four.
“We are honored and excited to welcome back the FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions to FAU Stadium,” said Pat Chun, FAU’s vice president and director of athletics. “We are grateful U.S. Soccer continues to partner with Florida Atlantic to bring world class soccer to South Florida. The SheBelieves Cup is another important initiative to grow the women’s soccer game in our country. In the last year, the home of our football program has hosted the U.S. Men’s Soccer National Team, the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl and the reigning Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots. We will continue to strive to make FAU Stadium a sports centerpiece for our community and region.”
Additional note: The USA has played three matches, all on FAU’s Boca Raton Campus including two at FAU Stadium, a 4-1 win against China PR in 2012 and a 7-0 victory against Russia in 2014.