The Women’s World Cup may have been played in 2015, but the U.S. Women’s National Team has decided to play the world’s best a year later any way.
On Tuesday, U.S. Soccer announced that the federation will host the SheBelieves Cup in March, a four-team tournament consisting of the USWNT, England, France and Germany.
The competition will take place over the course of a week, beginning on Mar. 3 and concluding on Mar. 9. The teams will compete at three venues: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida, Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, and FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.
Because of the team’s involvement in the SheBelieves Cup, the U.S. will not attend the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal, which it has taken part in for the past 18 years.
All four nations currently sit in the top five of FIFA’s latest world rankings, with the USWNT holding the top spot after last summer’s World Cup triumph. Germany comes in second, while France is third and England sits fifth.
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