2018 Tournament of Nations

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2018 Tournament of Nations
Tournament details
Host country United States
Dates July 26 – August 2, 2018
Teams 4 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s) 3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of the United States.svg  United States (1st title)
Runners-upFlag of Australia.svg  Australia
Third placeFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Fourth placeFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played 6
Goals scored 22 (3.67 per match)
Attendance 93,602 (15,600 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of the United States.svg Alex Morgan (4 goals)
2017
2021

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. [1]

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.

Association football team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Exhibition game sporting event wherein the result has no external impact

An exhibition game is a sporting event whose prize money and impact on the player's or the team's rankings is either zero or otherwise greatly reduced. In team sports, matches of this type are often used to help coaches and managers select and condition players for the competitive matches of a league season or tournament. If the players usually play in different teams in other leagues, exhibition games offer an opportunity for the players to learn to work with each other. The games can be held between separate teams or between parts of the same team.

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Format

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. [1]

Australia womens national soccer team womens national association football team representing Australia

The Australian women's national soccer team is overseen by the governing body for soccer in Australia, Football Federation Australia (FFA), which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the regional ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) since leaving the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006. The team's official nickname is the Matildas, having been known as the Female Socceroos before 1995.

The Brazil women's national football team played their first game on 22 July 1986 against the United States, losing 2–1.

Japan womens national football team womens national association football team representing Japan

The Japan women's national football team, or Nadeshiko Japan (なでしこジャパン), represents Japan in association football and is run by the Japan Football Association (JFA). It is the most successful women's national team from the Asian Football Confederation. Its highest ranking in the FIFA Women's World Rankings is 3rd.

CountryJune 2018 FIFA Ranking [2] Best World Cup FinishBest Olympic Games FinishBest Tournament of Nations Finish
Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 8Quarter-finals (2007, 2011, 2015)Quarter-finals (2004, 2016)Champions (2017)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 7Runners–up (2007)Runners–up (2004, 2008)Fourth (2017)
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 6Champions (2011)Runners–up (2012)Third (2017)
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1Champions (1991, 1999, 2015)Champions (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)Runners-up (2017)

Venues

Three cities served as the venues for the tournament. [1]

Kansas City East Hartford Bridgeview
Children's Mercy Park Pratt & Whitney Stadium Toyota Park
Capacity: 18,467Capacity: 40,642Capacity: 20,000
Livestrong Sporting Park - Sporting KC v New England Revolution.jpg Rentschler Field.jpg Toyota Park, 9 March 2013.jpg

Standings

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States (C, H)321094+57
2Flag of Australia.svg  Australia 321062+47
3Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 31024843
4Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 30033850
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head; 5) FIFA Ranking
(C) Champion; (H) Host.

All times are local (CDT in Kansas City and Bridgeview, EDT in East Hartford).

Central Time Zone time zone

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.

Eastern Time Zone time zone observing UTC−05:00 during standard time and UTC−04:00 during daylight saving time

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 the Caribbean Islands.

Matches

Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg1–3Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
Report
Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas
Attendance: 10,307
Referee: Christina Unkel (United States)
United States  Flag of the United States.svg4–2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Report
Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas
Attendance: 18,467
Referee: Carol-Ann Chenard (Canada)

Japan  Flag of Japan.svg1–2Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Report
Pratt & Whitney Stadium, East Hartford, Connecticut
Attendance: 13,027
Referee: Katja Koroleva (United States)
United States  Flag of the United States.svg1–1Flag of Australia.svg  Australia
Report
Pratt & Whitney Stadium, East Hartford, Connecticut
Attendance: 21,570
Referee: Miriam León (El Salvador)

Australia  Flag of Australia.svg2–0Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Report
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Attendance: 11,922
Referee: Katja Koroleva (United States)
United States  Flag of the United States.svg4–1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Report
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Attendance: 18,309
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (Mexico)
 2018 Tournament of Nations Winners 
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
1st title

Goalscorers

There were 22 goals scored in 6 matches, for an average of 3.67 goals per match.

4 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Tameka Butt An Australian female professional association football player

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Poliana Barbosa Medeiros Brazilian association football player

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Television coverage

All three USA games were televised domestically on FS1.

In Australia, all three games featuring the national team were televised live on Fox Sports. [3]

In Brazil, all three games featuring the national team were televised live on SporTV and online at the CBF website. [4]

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