2011 Algarve Cup

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2011 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host country Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
Dates2–9 March 2011
Teams12 (from 4 confederations)
Venue(s)9 (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of the United States.svg  United States (8th title)
Runners-upFlag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
Third placeFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
Fourth placeFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played24
Goals scored62 (2.58 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Iceland.svg Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir (4 goals)
Best player(s) Flag of Japan.svg Homare Sawa

The 2011 Algarve Cup was the eighteenth edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Portugal. It took place between 2–9 March 2011. [1] [2]

The Algarve Cup is an invitational tournament for national teams in women's association football hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious and longest-running women's international football events and has been nicknamed the "Mini FIFA Women's World Cup".

Womens association football association football when played by women

Women's association football, usually known as women's football or women's soccer, is the most prominent team sport played by women around the globe. It is played at the professional level in numerous countries throughout the world and 176 national teams participate internationally.

Portugal Republic in Southwestern Europe

Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe, being bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.



The twelve invited teams were split into three groups that played a round-robin tournament.

A round-robin tournament is a competition in which each contestant meets all other contestants in turn. A round-robin contrasts with an elimination tournament, in which participants are eliminated after a certain number of losses.

Groups A and B, containing the strongest ranked teams, were the only ones in contention to win the title. The group winners from A and B contested the final, with the runners-up playing for third place and those that finished third in these two groups playing for fifth place.

The teams in Group C were playing for places 7–12, with the winner of Group C playing the team that finished fourth in Group A or B with the better record for seventh place and the Group C runner-up playing the team which came last in Group A or B with the worse record for ninth place. The third and fourth-placed teams in Group C played for eleventh place.

Points awarded in the group stage follow the standard formula of three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss. In the case of two teams being tied on the same number of points in a group, their head-to-head result determined the higher place.


Listed are the confirmed teams.

Team FIFA Rankings
(November 2010)
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal (hosts)
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales

Group stage

All times local (WET/UTC+0)

Group A

Flag of the United States.svg  United States 9330081+7
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 6320172+5
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 3310224−2
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 03003111−10
Norway  Flag of Norway.svg2–1Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Thorsnes Soccerball shade.svg 29'
Herlovsen Soccerball shade.svg 39'
Kalmari Soccerball shade.svg 28'
Municipal Stadium, Lagos

United States  Flag of the United States.svg2–1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Rodriguez Soccerball shade.svg 6'
Rapinoe Soccerball shade.svg 17'
Report Miyama Soccerball shade.svg 28'
Municipal Stadium, Vila Real de Santo António

Japan  Flag of Japan.svg5–0Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Ohno Soccerball shade.svg 16'
Kawasumi Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Nagasato Soccerball shade.svg 47'
Yamaguchi Soccerball shade.svg 70', 86'
Municipal Stadium, Lagos

United States  Flag of the United States.svg2–0Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Tarpley Soccerball shade.svg 33'
Lloyd Soccerball shade.svg 63'
Municipal Stadium, Vila Real de Santo António

Norway  Flag of Norway.svg0–1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Nagasato Soccerball shade.svg 58'
Complexo Desportivo Belavista, Parchal

United States  Flag of the United States.svg4–0Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Boxx Soccerball shade.svg 8'
Lloyd Soccerball shade.svg 13'
Morgan Soccerball shade.svg 45', 55'
Municipal Stadium, Quarteira

Group B

Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 9330052+3
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 6320153+2
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 3310224−2
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 0300314−3
Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg1–2Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
Öqvist Soccerball shade.svg Margrét Lára Soccerball shade.svg
Katrín Jónsdóttir Soccerball shade.svg
Municipal Stadium, Loulé

China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg0–1Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Nielsen Soccerball shade.svg 1'
Desportivo da Nora Park, Ferreiras

Iceland  Flag of Iceland.svg2–1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
Margrét Lára Soccerball shade.svg 27', 50' Ma Soccerball shade.svg 21'
Municipal Stadium, Albufeira

Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg1–3Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Pedersen Soccerball shade.svg 10' Landström Soccerball shade.svg 8', 60'
Öqvist Soccerball shade.svg 54'

China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg0–1Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Schelin Soccerball shade.svg 62'

Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg0–1Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
Dóra María Soccerball shade.svg 55'
Municipal Stadium, Lagos

Group C

Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 63201550
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 5312042+2
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 4311143+1
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 1301214−3
Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svg3–1Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
Couto Soccerball shade.svg 11', 61'
Fernandes Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Dykes Soccerball shade.svg 42'
Municipal Stadium, Vila Real de Santo António

Romania  Flag of Romania.svg2–0Flag of Chile.svg  Chile
Dusa Soccerball shade.svg 34', 55'
Municipal Stadium, Lagos

Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svg0–0Flag of Chile.svg  Chile
Municipal Stadium, Vila Real de Santo António

Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg2–1Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
Fishlock Soccerball shade.svg 60'
Lander Soccerball shade.svg 72'
Dusa Soccerball shade.svg 40'
Municipal Stadium, Lagos

Chile  Flag of Chile.svg1–2Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
Zamora Soccerball shade.svg Fishlock Soccerball shade.svg 24', 60'

Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svg1–1Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
Fernandes Soccerball shade.svg 41' Vătafu Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Complexo Desportivo Belavista, Parchal

Placement play-offs

All times local (WET/UTC+0)

11th Place

Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 1 – 1
(5 – 6 PSO)
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile
Lunca Soccerball shade.svg 87' Rocío Soto Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Complexo Desportivo Belavista, Parchal

9th Place

Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 1–2Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
Sainio Soccerball shade.svg 74' Fernandes Soccerball shade.svg 29'
Couto Soccerball shade.svg 77'
Municipal Stadium, Loulé

7th Place

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 2–1Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
You Jia Soccerball shade.svg 3'
Gu Yasha Soccerball shade.svg 54'
Harries Soccerball shade.svg 57'
Municipal Stadium, Albufeira

5th Place

Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 0 – 0
(5 – 4 PSO)
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Desportivo da Nora Park, Ferreiras

3rd Place

Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1–2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Sjögran Soccerball shade.svg 14' Kamionobe Soccerball shade.svg 22'
Kawasumi Soccerball shade.svg 32'
Complexo Desportivo Belavista, Parchal


Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 2–4Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Margrét Lára Soccerball shade.svg 26'
Hallbera Soccerball shade.svg 28'
Report Lloyd Soccerball shade.svg 10'
Cheney Soccerball shade.svg 45+1'
O'Reilly Soccerball shade.svg 55'
Morgan Soccerball shade.svg 87'
 2011 Algarve Cup 
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Eighth title

Top Goal Scorers

Golden Boot: