Algarve Cup

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Algarve Cup
Founded 1994
Number of teams 12
Current champions  Germany (3rd title)
Most successful team(s)  United States (9 titles)
2014 Algarve Cup

The Algarve Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's association football hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious and longest-running women's international football events.[1]

The most successful teams have been the United States, with nine titles, and Norway, with four. Norway's titles all came in the early years of the tournament, while the USA has won all its titles since 2000, including seven in nine years since 2003. Sweden and Germany have both won three times, China has won twice.[2] The USA, Norway and Germany are the only nations to have won both the FIFA Women's World Cup and the Algarve Cup.

The Algarve Cup, as an annual event featuring most of the world's top women's football teams, has no parallel in the men's game, given that there are fewer professional women's leagues and thus fewer scheduling conflicts. It is played the same time as the Cyprus Cup, which is played in the same format.

Format[edit]

Estádio Algarve, one of the stadiums used in the tournament

Currently, 12 teams are invited, with the top eight competing for the championship. The teams are divided into three groups of four — A, B and C. Group C was added in 2002 to provide second-tier teams with high-level match experience every year.

The teams first play round-robin within their pool. Then the placement round proceeds as follows:

  • 11th place: The two bottom teams in Group C play one game.
  • 9th place: The Group C runner-up plays one game against the lower-ranked of the fourth-place teams from Groups A and B.
  • 7th place: The Group C winner plays one game against the higher-ranked of the fourth-place teams from Groups A and B.
  • 5th place: The third-place teams from Groups A and B play one game.
  • 3rd place: The second-place teams from Groups A and B play one game.
  • 1st place: The first-place teams from Groups A and B play one game.

Results[edit]

Year Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
1994
Norway
1–0
United States

Sweden
1–0
Denmark
1995
Sweden
3–2 (aet)
Denmark

Norway
3–3 (aet)
4–2 (pso)

United States
1996
Norway
4–0
Sweden

China PR
2–1
Denmark
1997
Norway
1–0
China PR

Sweden
0–0
6–5 (pso)

Denmark
1998
Norway
4–1
Denmark

United States
3–1
Sweden
1999
China PR
2–1
United States

Norway
2–2 (aet)
4–1 (pso)

Denmark
2000
United States
1–0
Norway

China PR
1–0
Sweden
2001
Sweden
3–0
Denmark

China PR
5–1
Canada
2002
China PR
1–0
Norway

Sweden
2–1
Germany
2003
United States
2–0
China PR

Norway
1–0
France
2004
United States
4–1
Norway

France
3–3
4–3 (pso)

Italy
2005
United States
1–0
Germany

France
3–2
Sweden
2006
Germany
0–0 (aet)
4–3 (pso)

United States

Sweden
1–0
France
2007
United States
2–0
Denmark

Sweden
3–1
France
2008
United States
2–1
Denmark

Norway
2–0
Germany
2009
Sweden
1–1
4–3 (pso)

United States

Denmark
1–0
Germany
2010
United States
3–2
Germany

Sweden
2–0
China PR
2011
United States
4–2
Iceland

Japan
2–1
Sweden
2012
Germany
4–3
Japan

United States
4–0
Sweden
2013
United States
2–0
Germany

Norway
2–2 (aet)
3–2 (pso)

Sweden
2014
Germany
3–0
Japan

Iceland
2–1
Sweden

Rankings[edit]

Team Winner Runner up 3rd place 4th
 United States 9 (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013) 4 (1994, 1999, 2006, 2009) 2 (1998, 2012) 1 (1995)
 Norway 4 (1994, 1996, 1997, 1998) 3 (2000, 2002, 2004) 5 (1995, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2013) -
 Germany 3 (2006, 2012, 2014) 3 (2005, 2010, 2013) - 3 (2002, 2008, 2009)
 Sweden 3 (1995, 2001, 2009) 1 (1996) 6 (1994, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2010) 7 (1998, 2000, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
 China PR 2 (1999, 2002) 2 (1997, 2003) 3 (1996, 2000, 2001) 1 (2010)
 Denmark - 5 (1995, 1998, 2001, 2007, 2008) 1 (2009) 4 (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999)
 Japan - 2 (2012, 2014) 1 (2011) -
 Iceland - 1 (2011) 1 (2014) -
 France - - 2 (2004, 2005) 3 (2003, 2006, 2007)
 Canada - - - 1 (2001)
 Italy - - - 1 (2004)

Participating nations[edit]

Team 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
 Australia - - - - - 5th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Austria - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10th 11th - - - 11th
 Canada - - - - - - 5th 4th 8th 7th - - - - - - - - - - -
 Chile - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11th - - -
 China PR - - 3rd 2nd 5th 1st 3rd 3rd 1st 2nd 6th 7th 6th 10th 9th 5th 4th 7th 9th 6th 5th
 Denmark 4th 2nd 4th 4th 2nd 4th 6th 2nd 6th 9th 7th 6th 9th 2nd 2nd 3rd 5th 6th 5th 7th 6th
 England - - - - - - - - 9th - - 8th - - - - - - - - -
 Faroe Islands - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12th - - - -
 Finland 6th 5th 8th 6th 8th 8th 7th 7th 7th 6th 9th 10th 7th 6th 8th 7th 8th 10th - - -
 France - - - - - - - - - 4th 3rd 3rd 4th 4th - - - - - - -
 Germany - - - - - - - - 4th - - 2nd 1st 8th 4th 4th 2nd - 1st 2nd 1st
 Greece - - - - - - - - - 8th 11th - - - - - - - - - -
 Hungary - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12th 10th -
 Republic of Ireland - - - - - - - - - 11th - - 10th 11th 12th - - - 11th - -
 Iceland - - 6th 7th - - - - - - - - - 9th 7th 6th 9th 2nd 6th 9th 3rd
 Italy - 7th - - - - - - - - 4th - - 7th 6th - - - - - -
 Japan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3rd 2nd 5th 2nd
 Mexico - - - - - - - - - - - 9th 8th - - - - - - 8th -
 Netherlands - 6th - 5th 6th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 North Korea - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8th
 Northern Ireland - - - - - - - - - - 12th 12th WD - - - - - - - -
 Norway 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 5th 2nd 3rd 2nd 5th 5th 5th 3rd 9th 6th 5th 7th 3rd 10th
 Poland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11th 11th - - - - -
 Portugal 5th 8th 7th 8th 7th 7th 8th 8th 11th 10th 8th 11th 11th 12th 10th 8th 10th 9th 10th 11th 12th
 Romania - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7th 12th - - -
 Russia - - 5th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9th
 Scotland - - - - - - - - 10th - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Sweden 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 6th 4th 1st 3rd 5th 5th 4th 3rd 3rd 5th 1st 3rd 4th 4th 4th 4th
 United States 2nd 4th - - 3rd 2nd 1st 6th 5th 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 1st 7th
 Wales - - - - - - - - 12th 12th 10th - - - - 12th - 8th 8th 12th -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's game thriving in the Algarve". FIFA. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  2. ^ [1], kicker.so, 11. February 2013.

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