1994 Algarve Cup

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1994 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host country Portugal
Teams (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) 7
Final positions
Champions  Norway (1st title)
Runners-up  United States
Third place  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played 9
Goals scored 27 (3 per match)
Best player Norway Ann Kristin Aarønes

The 1994 Algarve Cup was the inaugural edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's association football tournament. It took place between 16 and 20 March 1994 in Portugal with Norway winning the event.


The inaugural competition was contested between the hosts Portugal, four Scandinavian teams (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) and the USA. Only two confederations were thus represented, CONCACAF and UEFA.

The six invited teams were split into two groups that played a round-robin tournament. On completion of this, the third placed teams in each group would play each other to decide fifth and sixth place, the second placed teams in each group would play to determine third and fourth place and the winners of each group would compete for first and second place overall.

Points awarded in the group stage followed the standard formula of three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss.

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 United States 6 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6
 Sweden 3 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2
 Portugal 0 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8

March 17, 1994
Sweden  3–0  Portugal
Nilsson Goal
? (o.g.) Goal
Nessvold Goal

1991 FIFA Women's World Cup winners; the United States, finished in the top position of Group A with maximum points after winning both of their games including defeating the hosts Portugal 5–0.

Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Norway 6 2 2 0 0 12 1 +11
 Denmark 3 2 1 0 1 2 6 −4
 Finland 0 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7

March 16, 1994
Norway  6–0  Finland
Hegstad Goal
Aarønes Goal Goal
Krokan Goal
Sandberg Goal
? (o.g.) Goal

March 17, 1994
Denmark  1–0  Finland
Rasmussen Goal

Norway, 1991 World Cup runner's up, defeated their neighbours Denmark and Finland by scoring six goals in each match.

Fifth Place[edit]

March 20, 1994
Portugal  2–0  Finland
Couto Goal
Sequeira Goal

Third Place[edit]

March 20, 1994
Sweden  1–0  Denmark
Videkull Goal


March 20, 1994
Norway  1–0  United States
Aarønes Goal 84'

In a replay of the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Norway once again faced the USA but won on this occasion.


 1994 Algarve Cup 

First title
Best player
Norway Ann Kristin Aarønes

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