Algarve Cup

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Algarve Cup
Founded1994
Region Algarve, Portugal
Number of teams12
Current championsFlag of Germany.svg  Germany (4th title)
Most successful team(s)Flag of the United States.svg  United States (10 titles)
Website Official website
Soccerball current event.svg 2020 Algarve Cup

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". [1]

Contents

The most successful teams have been the United States, with ten titles, followed by Norway and Sweden, with four. Norway's titles all came in the early years of the tournament, while the USA has won all its titles since 2000, including nine in thirteen years since 2003. Germany has won three times, and China has won twice. [2] The USA, Norway and Germany are the only nations to have won both the FIFA Women's World Cup and the Algarve Cup.

The Algarve Cup, as an annual event featuring most of the world's top women's football teams, has no parallel in the men's game, given that there are fewer professional women's leagues and thus fewer scheduling conflicts. It is played in late February or early March, at the same time as the Cyprus Cup and the SheBelieves Cup. Since 2016 the SheBelieves Cup has attracted some of the top ranked teams, and thus shifted attention from the Algarve Cup. The SheBelieves Cup is now considered to be the top international tournament outside of FIFA or continental tournaments.

Format

Estadio Algarve, one of the stadiums used in the tournament EstadioAlgarve.JPG
Estádio Algarve, one of the stadiums used in the tournament

From 2002 to 2014, 12 teams were invited, with the top eight competing for the championship. The teams were divided into three groups of four — A, B and C. Group C was added in 2002 to provide second-tier teams with high-level match experience every year. The teams first played round-robin within their pool. Then the placement round proceeded as follows:

In 2015, Group C teams became eligible for the final, which is now played between the two best group winners. [3] If teams are tied on points, finishing positions will be determined by the following tie-breaking criteria in the following order: [4]

  1. number of points obtained in the matches among the teams in question
  2. goal difference in all the group matches
  3. number of goals scored in all the group matches
  4. fair-play ranking in all the group matches
  5. FIFA ranking

The placement round is now as follows:

Results

YearFinalThird Place Match
WinnersScoreRunners-upThird PlaceScoreFourth Place
1994 Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
1–0Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
1–0Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
1995 Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
3–2 ( a.e.t. )Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
3–3 ( a.e.t. )
(4–2 p )
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
1996 Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
4–0Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China PR
2–1Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
1997 Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
1–0Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China PR
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
0–0
(6–5 p )
Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
1998 Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
4–1Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
3–1Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
1999 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China PR
2–1Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
2–2 ( a.e.t. )
(4–1 p )
Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
2000 Flag of the United States.svg
United States
1–0Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China PR
1–0Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
2001 Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
3–0Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China PR
5–1Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
2002 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China PR
1–0Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
2–1Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
2003 Flag of the United States.svg
United States
2–0Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China PR
Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
1–0Flag of France.svg
France
2004 Flag of the United States.svg
United States
4–1Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
Flag of France.svg
France
3–3
(4–3 p )
Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg
Italy
2005 Flag of the United States.svg
United States
1–0Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
Flag of France.svg
France
3–2Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
2006 Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
0–0 ( a.e.t. )
(4–3 p )
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
1–0Flag of France.svg
France
2007 Flag of the United States.svg
United States
2–0Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
3–1Flag of France.svg
France
2008 Flag of the United States.svg
United States
2–1Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
2–0Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
2009 Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
1–1
(4–3 p )
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
1–0Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
2010 Flag of the United States.svg
United States
3–2Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
2–0Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China PR
2011 Flag of the United States.svg
United States
4–2Flag of Iceland.svg
Iceland
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
2–1Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
2012 Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
4–3Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
4–0Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
2013 Flag of the United States.svg
United States
2–0Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
2–2 ( a.e.t. )
(3–2 p )
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
2014 Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
3–0Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
Flag of Iceland.svg
Iceland
2–1Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
2015 Flag of the United States.svg
United States
2–0Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
2–1Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
2016 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
2–1Flag of Brazil.svg
Brazil
Flag of Iceland.svg
Iceland
1–1
(6–5 p )
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
2017 Flag of Spain.svg
Spain
1–0Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
1–1
(4–1 p )
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
2018 Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands and Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
The final was cancelled due to heavy rain
Flag of Portugal.svg
Portugal
2–1Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Australia
2019 Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
3–0Flag of Poland.svg
Poland
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
Canada
0–0
(6–5 p )
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
2020 Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
The final was cancelled due to 2020 coronavirus outbreak. [5] Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
2–1Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand

Rankings

TeamTitlesRunners-upThird PlaceFourth PlaceTop Four Finishes
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 10 (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015)4 (1994, 1999, 2006, 2009)2 (1998, 2012)1 (1995)17
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 5 (1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2019)3 (2000, 2002, 2004)6 (1995, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2013, 2020)14
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 4 (2006, 2012, 2014, 2020)3 (2005, 2010, 2013)1 (2015)3 (2002, 2008, 2009)11
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 4 (1995, 2001, 2009, 2018)1 (1996)6 (1994, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2010)9 (1998, 2000, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019)20
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 2 (1999, 2002)2 (1997, 2003)3 (1996, 2000, 2001)1 (2010)8
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1 (2016)1 (2017)1 (2019)1 (2001)4
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1 (2017)1
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1 (2018)1
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 5 (1995, 1998, 2001, 2007, 2008)2 (2009, 2017)4 (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999)11
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2 (2012, 2014)1 (2011)3
Flag of France.svg  France 1 (2015)2 (2004, 2005)3 (2003, 2006, 2007)6
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 1 (2011)2 (2014, 2016)3
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1 (2016)1
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 1 (2019)1
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 1 (2018)1
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1 (2020)1 (2004)2
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2 (2017, 2018)2
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 2 (2016, 2020)2

Participating nations

Team 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Years
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 5th4th4th3
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 10th11th11th3
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 5th6th2
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 7th2nd2
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 5th4th8th7th1st2nd5th3rd8
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 11th1
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 3rd2nd5th1st3rd3rd1st2nd6th7th6th10th9th5th4th7th9th6th5th12th10th11h12th23
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 4th2nd4th4th2nd4th6th2nd6th9th7th6th9th2nd2nd3rd5th6th5th7th6th6th7th3rd10th6th5th27
Flag of England.svg  England 9th8th2
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 12th1
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 6th5th8th6th8th8th7th7th7th6th9th10th7th6th8th7th8th10th18
Flag of France.svg  France 4th3rd3rd4th4th2nd6
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 4th2nd1st8th4th4th2nd1st2nd1st3rd1st12
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 8th11th2
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 12th10th2
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 6th7th9th7th6th9th2nd6th9th3rd10th3rd9th9th9th15
Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 11th10th11th12th11th5
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 7th4th7th6th2nd5
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 3rd2nd5th2nd9th6th6th7
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 9th8th8th3
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 6th5th6th5th1st11th6
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 4th4th2
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 8th1
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 12th12thWD2
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1st3rd1st1st1st3rd2nd5th2nd3rd2nd5th5th5th3rd9th6th5th7th3rd10th5th11th7th1st3rd26
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 11th11th2nd3
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 5th8th7th8th7th7th8th8th11th10th8th11th11th12th10th8th10th9th10th11th12th11th8th12th3rd10th8th27
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 7th12th2
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 5th9th6th8th12th5
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 10th5th2
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 7th1
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1st7th2
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 3rd1st2nd3rd4th6th4th1st3rd5th5th4th3rd3rd5th1st3rd4th4th4th4th4th7th1st4th7th26
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 8th8th2
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2nd4th 3rd2nd1st6th5th1st1st1st2nd1st1st2nd1st1st3rd1st7th1st20
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 12th12th10th12th8th8th12th7
Total (36 teams)68888888121212121112121212121212121281212128

General statistics

As of 2019.

RankTeamPartPldWDLGFGADifPts
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States 207956111217362+111179
2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2597492226175104+71169
3Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 2597501433168107+61164
4Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 26102401448139144−5134
5Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 2391351442106109−3119
6Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 2610025165898197−9994
7Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1144292139435+5989
8Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 15592111277593−1874
9Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 83117595135+1656
10Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 728161114536+949
11Flag of France.svg  France 62413293435−141
12Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 1871895445165−12033
13Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 72895143147−1632
14Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 62293102634−830
15Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 4169162526−128
16Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 5194871828−1020
17Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 3115241815+317
18Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 3124531514+117
19Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 52052131641−2517
20Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 28512157+816
21Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 27511104+616
22Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 3125162017+316
23Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 28422911−214
24Flag of England.svg  England 284132112+913
25Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 28431135+813
26Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 27403910−112
27Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 3113261220−811
28Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 1430164+29
29Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 28215714−77
30Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1420284+46
31Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 141212205
32Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1311145−14
33Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1411259−44
34Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 28107419−153
35Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 1402225−32
36Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 14004119−180

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Top scorer

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