|Dates||29 February – 7 March 2012|
|Teams||12 (from 3 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||9 (in 9 host cities)|
|Goals scored||62 (2.58 per match)|
The 2012 Algarve Cup was the nineteenth edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Portugal. It began on 29 February and ended on 7 March 2012.
The Algarve Cup, nicknamed the Mini FIFA Women's World Cup, is a global 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.
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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 the eleventh place.
Points awarded in the group stage followed 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 amount of points in a group, their head-to-head result determined the higher place.
Listed are the confirmed teams.
|Team|| FIFA Rankings |
|Salomé di Iorio|
|Liang Qin||Yongmei Cui|
|Jana Adámková||Adriana Šecová|
|Carina Vitulano||Manuela Nicolosi|
|Nami Sato||Emi Chiba|
|Lucila Venegas||Enedina Caudillo|
|Salomé di Iorio|
All times are local (WET/UTC+0).
| Germany ||1–0|
| Mittag ||Report|
| Sweden ||1–0|
| Göransson ||Report|
| Iceland ||1–4|
| Lárusdóttir ||Report|| Schelin |
| Germany ||1–0|
| Behringer ||Report|
| Sweden ||0–4|
|Report|| Okoyino da Mbabi |
| Japan ||2–1|
| Nagasato |
|Report|| Herlovsen |
| United States ||5–0|
| Morgan |
| Denmark ||0–2|
|Report|| Sugasawa |
| United States ||2–1|
| Wambach |
|Report|| Thorsnes |
| Norway ||0–1|
|Report|| Rasmussen |
| Republic of Ireland ||0–1|
|Report|| Sipos |
| Portugal ||4–0|
| Wales ||0–0|
| Hungary ||1–2|
| Vágó ||Report|| Lander |
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