|Host country||United States|
|Dates||July 26 – August 2, 2018|
|Teams||4 (from 3 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Goals scored||22 (3.67 per match)|
|Attendance||93,602 (15,600 per match)|
The 2018 Tournament of Nations was the second Tournament of Nations, an international women's football tournament, consisting of a series of friendly games. It was held in the United States, from July 26 to August 2, 2018, and featured the same four teams as the previous tournament.
The Tournament of Nations is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's association football hosted by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) in several American cities. The inaugural tournament was held in 2017. USSF indicated it will be held only in non-World Cup and non-Olympic years. Starting in 2021 Volkswagen will become the title sponsor for the Tournament of Nations.
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The tournament featured the national teams of Australia, Brazil, Japan, and the hosts, the United States, competing in a round-robin format, with each team playing every other once. Three points were awarded for a win, one for a draw, and none for a loss.
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|Country||June 2018 FIFA Ranking||Best World Cup Finish||Best Olympic Games Finish||Best Tournament of Nations Finish|
|8||Quarter-finals (2007, 2011, 2015)||Quarter-finals (2004, 2016)||Champions (2017)|
|7||Runners–up (2007)||Runners–up (2004, 2008)||Fourth (2017)|
|6||Champions (2011)||Runners–up (2012)||Third (2017)|
|1||Champions (1991, 1999, 2015)||Champions (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)||Runners-up (2017)|
Three cities served as the venues for the tournament.
|Kansas City||East Hartford||Bridgeview|
|Children's Mercy Park||Pratt & Whitney Stadium||Toyota Park|
|Capacity: 18,467||Capacity: 40,642||Capacity: 20,000|
All times are local (CDT in Kansas City and Bridgeview, EDT in East Hartford).
The North American Central Time Zone (CT) is a time zone in parts of Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America, some Caribbean Islands, and part of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
The Eastern Time Zone (ET) is a time zone encompassing part or all of 22 states in the eastern part of the contiguous United States, parts of eastern Canada, the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico, Panama in Central America, and certain Caribbean and Atlantic islands, along with certain countries and parts of countries in South America. Places that use Eastern Standard Time (EST) when observing standard time (autumn/winter) are five hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC−05:00).
| Brazil ||1–3|
| United States ||4–2|
| Japan ||1–2|
| United States ||1–1|
| Australia ||2–0|
| United States ||4–1|
|2018 Tournament of Nations Winners|
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