U.S. Soccer will stage its second elite four-team women’s international tournament of the year at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan., Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. and Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. this summer.
The United States will play host to the USA, Australia, Brazil and Japan for the 2018 Tournament of Nations.
The Americans captured the SheBelieves Cup in March.
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 venues over an eight-day period.
The match days will see Brazil open against Australia Thursday, July 26, at Children’s Mercy Park (4:15 p.m. ET), followed by the U.S. against Japan (7 p.m. ET on FS1).
The teams will travel to East Hartford where Japan will face Brazil Sunday, July 29 (4:15 p.m. ET) followed by the Americans taking on Australia (7 p.m. ET on FS1) at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. Former Sky Blue FC striker Sam Kerr, now with the Chicago Red Stars, plays for the Matiladas.
The tournament will finish Thursday, Aug. 2, at Toyota Park as Australia faces Japan (5:45 p.m. ET) and the U.S. tackles Brazil (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1).
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 competition 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.
2018 TOURNAMENT OF NATIONS SCHEDULE
|Date||Matches||Stadium||City||Kickoff (Local / ET)||TV|
|July 26||Brazil vs. Australia||Children’s Mercy Park||Kansas City, Kan.||3:15 p.m. / 4:15 p.m.|
|July 26||USA vs. Japan||Children’s Mercy Park||Kansas City, Kan.||6 p.m. / 7 p.m.||FS1|
|July 29||Japan vs. Brazil||Pratt & Whitney Stadium||East Hartford, Conn.||4:15 p.m. / 4:15 p.m.|
|July 29||USA vs. Australia||Pratt & Whitney Stadium||East Hartford, Conn.||7 p.m. / 7 p.m.||FS1|
|Aug. 2||Australia vs. Japan||Toyota Park||Bridgeview, Ill.||4:45 p.m. / 5:45 p.m.|
|Aug. 2||USA vs. Brazil||Toyota Park||Bridgeview, Ill.||7:30 p.m. / 8:30 p.m.||FS1|