Palm Beach County to Host Four of the World’s Top Women’s National Soccer Teams for the SheBelieves Cup

January 21, 2016

Palm Beach County to Host Four of the World’s Top
Women’s National Soccer Teams for the SheBelieves Cup

FAU Stadium will host a doubleheader featuring the United States,
England, Germany, and France on March 9th 

Palm Beach County, FL- The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is partnering with the U.S. Soccer Federation to host the inaugural SheBelieves Cup at FAU Stadium, located on the campus of Florida Atlantic University, on March 9th. This elite international soccer event features four of the top five ranked women’s national teams in the world as England, France and Germany join the United States to compete in the Palm Beaches.  This doubleheader will kick off with France vs. England at 5p.m., which will be followed by the United States vs. Germany at 7:30pm. 

The SheBelieves Cup underlines the U.S. Soccer Federation’s continued commitment to investing in the growth of women’s soccer, and will be the globe’s premier women’s soccer tournament staged in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Conceived and developed by the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) players, #SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams. The campaign launched in the run-up to the 2015 Women’s World Cup and has grown since then as the team and its fans have taken its powerful message into their communities. The SheBelieves Cup is a showcase event for the campaign, which will continue to spread its positive message to young women and girls.

The inaugural SheBeleives Cup will be held in three different metropolitan areas. Each team will play the other teams once in a round-robin format to comprise three doubleheaders. The first doubleheader will take place on March 3rd at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and the second doubleheader will take place on March 5th at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.  Palm Beach County will be home to the final stage of the SheBelieves Cup. 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 difference, followed by most total tournament goals scored, then head-to-head results.

The United States Women’s National Team is currently first in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings. Germany is ranked second, France is third and England is fifth. The United States, Germany and England advanced to the semifinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.  The USA defeated Japan by a score of 5-2 to win the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, becoming the only country to win three Women’s World Cup championships.

The match between the USA and Germany carries a significant storyline.   The meeting at FAU Stadium between these nations will be the first since the epic 2015 Women’s World Cup semifinal, a 2-0 victory for USA.

The United States Women’s National Team has played two previous matches at FAU Stadium. In 2012, the USA defeated China by a score of 2-1 and in 2014 the USA was victorious over Russia by a score of 7-0.  The USA will try to remain undefeated at FAU Stadium on March 9th. 

In addition to world class soccer, Palm Beach County will receive significant economic benefits from hosting this inaugural international soccer tournament. The game will attract soccer enthusiasts from across the region and globe and generate a major economic impact, creating an abundance of visitor spending for the hospitality community and a surge in hotel room nights.  Additionally, Palm Beach County will be showcased on a global stage.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Jan. 15, at 10 am local time through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers in the local venue areas. Tickets will not be sold at FAU Stadium except on the day of the event. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com. 

 

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