Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas will host the U.S. women’s national team along with the Czech Republic, Iceland and New Zealand in the final doubleheader of the seventh annual SheBelieves Cup on Feb. 23.
The USWNT will welcome two of Europe’s top up-and-coming sides to the SheBelieves Cup along with the Football Ferns, the co-host of the Women’s World Cup 2023. Due to its automatic berth to the World Cup, New Zealand will be putting extra value on its international matches to prepare for the largest women’s sporting event in the world that runs from July 20-August 6, 2023, across four cities in New Zealand and five in Australia. The tournament will feature 32 countries for the first time.
“These will be the first matches of what will be a really important year, and as focus on World Cup qualifying, the SheBelieves Cup will be extremely valuable for the continued development of the team,” USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski said in a statement. “As a coaching staff, when we are integrating newer players, we need as many games as possible, and all three of our opponents are very hard to play against. They will all be highly motivated to have the chance to play in this great tournament, so we’re not only looking forward to competitive matches, but also playing in front of fans, as there was only limited attendance at last year’s tournament in Florida.”
The SheBelieves Cup is part of U.S. Soccer’s SheBelieves initiative to inspire and empower women and girls to achieve their goals in sports and beyond. The six-game tournament was first played in 2016. The USWNT won the inaugural edition and France took top honors in 2017. The USWNT won again in 2018, England finished first in 2019, but the USWNT returned to the top of the podium in 2020, the first title for Andonovski, and won again in 2021.
The match between the USWNT and Iceland will be the 11th match at Toyota Stadium for the USWNT. Toyota Stadium was the venue for the USWNT’s final match before the global pandemic shut down sports all over the globe in March of 2020.
The competition format will be the same as for the previous six years with the teams each participating in three doubleheader events. The winner of the tournament will be determined by total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the first tiebreaker being overall goal difference, followed by most total goals scored, then head-to-head result and lastly, Fair Play ranking if necessary.
The 2022 SheBelieves Cup kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 17 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. as Iceland takes on New Zealand (8 p.m. ET) and the USWNT faces the Czech Republic (11 p.m. ET on ESPN). The tournament resumes on Sunday, Feb. 20, also at DHSP, with the USWNT playing the first match of the day, against New Zealand (3 p.m. ET on ABC), while the Czech Republic will face Iceland (6 p.m. ET) in the second match of the day.
The tournament concludes on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, with New Zealand taking on the Czech Republic (6 p.m. ET) and the USWNT facing Iceland in the nightcap (9 p.m. ET on ESPN). Broadcast information for the matches not involving the USWNT will be available at a later date. This year’s tournament also marks the first time the SheBelieves Cup has had matches contested on the West Coast.
While the entirety of last year’s SheBelieves Cup was held at one stadium in Orlando, this year’s tournament will be staged in two cities and two stadiums with the strict COVID-19 protocols still in place during the organization of the event. The first two doubleheaders will take place at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., while the final doubleheader will move to Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
2022 SheBelieves Cup schedule
|Feb. 17||Iceland vs. New Zealand||Dignity Health Sports Park||8 PM ET||—|
|Feb. 17||USWNT vs. Czech Republic||Dignity Health Sports Park||11 PM ET||ESPN|
|Feb. 20||USWNT vs. New Zealand||Dignity Health Sports Park||3 PM ET||ABC|
|Feb. 20||Czech Republic vs. Iceland||Dignity Health Sports Park||6 PM ET||—|
|Feb. 23||New Zealand vs. Czech Republic||Toyota Stadium||6 PM ET||—|
|Feb. 23||USWNT vs. Iceland||Toyota Stadium||9 PM ET||ESPN|