|Dates||18-22 January, 2006|
|Teams||4 (from 3 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||Guangdong Olympic Stadium|
The 2006 Four Nations Tournament was the sixth edition of the Four Nations Tournament, an invitational women's football tournament held in China.The venue for this edition of the tournament was Guangdong Olympic Stadium, in the city of Guangzhou.
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| Norway ||1 – 3|
| Trine Rønning || Kristine Lilly |
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