ORLANDO, Fla. (December 21, 2017) – Four of the world’s top six teams will be on display in March as the 2018 SheBelieves Cup will make its final stop at Orlando City Stadium on March 7. Orlando City Stadium, home of National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) Orlando Pride and Major League Soccer’s Orlando City SC, will host the final two matches in the annual four-team tournament.
Second-ranked Germany, third-ranked England and sixth-ranked France will once again join top-ranked USA in a tournament that features international women’s soccer powers and dozens of the world’s best players in the six-game competition. The USA won the inaugural edition in 2016, while France won the 2017 tournament.
As in the first two editions, the 2018 tournament will feature the four teams participating in three doubleheader events at three different venues over a seven-day period.
On March 7, France will face Germany (4 p.m. ET) followed by the tournament finale, USA vs. England (7 p.m. ET on ESPNews).
Before heading to Orlando, the 2018 SheBelieves Cup kicks off with England opening against France on Thursday, March 1 at MAPFRE Stadium (4 p.m. ET), followed by the USA against Germany (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2) in a battle of the defending World Cup and Olympic champions. Each team will then travel to New Jersey and Red Bull Arena where the USA will play the first match of the day on Sunday, March 4, taking on France (12 p.m. ET on ESPN2) followed by Germany vs. England (3 p.m. ET).
The winner of the tournament will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the first tie-breaker being overall goal differential, followed by total goals scored, then head-to-head result and lastly, FIFA Ranking if necessary.
Tickets for all three doubleheaders go on sale to the public Thursday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Orlando Pride and Orlando City season ticket members will also receive presale access.
The U.S. WNT previously played in Orlando on Oct. 25, 2015, hosting Brazil just five days after the Pride were announced as the second expansion team in the NWSL. Pride forward Alex Morgan scored the game’s opening goal and Marta assisted on Brazil’s lone goal as the U.S. went on to win 3-1 at the Citrus Bowl.
Orlando City Stadium hosted the U.S. Men’s National Team against Panama in World Cup Qualifying on Oct. 6, seeing a 4-0 win for the U.S. in front of a sold-out crowd.