Carli Lloyd bagged a brace the last time the USA and Norway met in 2015. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
The U.S. women’s national team will revive an old rivalry as the Americans will meet Norway at Komplett Arena in Sandefjord, Norway June 11.
The venue is located on the southeast coast about 75 miles south of Oslo, Norway.
The Americans are ranked first in the world, the Norwegians 11th.
The match, which will kick off at 7:15 p.m. local time (1:15 p.m. ET) will mark the 50th meeting between the rivals who combined to win the first five FIFA women’s championships
The Americans captured the very first Women’s World Cup in China in 1991, defeating Norway in the championship game, 2-1 and secured the first women’s gold medal at the 1996 Olympics, beating the Norwegians in the semifinal on a golden goal.
Norway won the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup, defeating the USA in the semifinal, and the 2000 Olympic gold medal, upending the Americans in the title game on a golden goal. The USA went on to win the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup as the teams did not meet in that tournament.
The match will be the second of a two-game set in Europe for the American women with the other match still to be announced.
The meeting with Norway will come just over a month before the start of the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro, for which Norway was drawn into Group A with host Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark. It will be Norway’s last match on home soil before opening the Euros against the hosts in Utrecht July 16.
The USA and Norway last met at the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal, a 2-1 American victory. The Europeans scored first through Ada Hegerberg, but a pair of second-half goals from Carli Lloyd propelled the U.S. to victory and eventually its 10th Algarve Cup title.