December 19 – Atlanta, the future home of the US national team training centre, will be the host city for the ninth SheBelieves Cup.
The slimmed down four team competition (usually it is six teams) will be played as a knockout format with two double headers next April.
The first two semi-final matches will be played at the 79,000 capacity Mercedes-Benz Stadium, one of the venues for the 2026 men’s World Cup, on April 6. The stadium is the home of Atlanta United of Major League Soccer and the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. U.S. Soccer said it will install a grass surface for the matches.
The championship final and the third placed match will be played April 9 at a yet to be announced venue.
2024 is a busy year for US women’s soccer as its open with the inaugural 12-team Concacaf W Gold Cup in February-March that has the top four South American nations playing as guests. The SheBelieves Cup follows the following month as teams prepare for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
The SheBelieves Cup is the first of six home-hosted US women’s national team games before Paris 2024.
“These are the first U.S. Soccer-controlled matches of the Olympic year for our Women’s National Team and we’re looking forward to a big turnout at one of the best stadiums in the world,” said U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone.
“We’re also excited to play our first match in the Atlanta area since we announced the site of our new National Training Center. From my time playing there for the Atlanta Beat, I know what the support for soccer and for our National Teams in the southeast is like and these opening games of the SheBelieves Cup in Atlanta will be a perfect way to launch our spring run to the Olympics next summer.”
The SheBelieves Cup is part of U.S. Soccer’s SheBelieves campaign to inspire and empower women and girls to achieve their goals in sport. US Soccer said the format of the competition will return to six teams three doubleheaders in 2025.
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