1994 Algarve Cup

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1994 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host country Portugal
Teams 6 (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)
Top scorer(s) Norway Ann Kristin Aarønes
(5 goals)
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, defeating the USA, 1-0 in the final game.Sweden ended up third defeating Denmark, 1-0, in the game for third prize.[1]


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
United States  5–0  Portugal
Gabarra Goal 5'31'
Lilly Goal 21'
Milbrett Goal 85'
Foudy Goal 89'
Estádio Dr. Francisco Vieira, Silves
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Finn Lambek (Denmark)

Sweden  3–0  Portugal
Nilsson Goal 11'
Cazuza Goal 25' (o.g.)
Nessvold Goal 76'
Attendance: 500
Referee: Mika Peltola (Finland)

United States  1–0  Sweden
Hamm Goal 1' Report
Attendance: 450

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
Norway  6–0  Finland
Hegstad Goal 1'
Aarønes Goal 4'33'
Krokan Goal 52'
Sandberg Goal 85'
? Goal (o.g.)
Attendance: 462

Denmark  1–0  Finland
Rasmussen Goal 1' Report

Norway  6–1  Denmark
Aarønes Goal 9'57'
Riise Goal 14'
Medaln Goal 17'
Hegstad Goal 38'
Carlsen Goal 60'
Report Hansen Goal 1'
Attendance: 436

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

Fifth Place[edit]

Portugal  2–0  Finland
Couto Goal 55'
Sequeira Goal 68'
Estádio Municipal de Quarteira, Quarteira
Referee: Finn Lambek (Denmark)

Third Place[edit]

Sweden  1–0  Denmark
Videkull Goal 1' Report
Attendance: 400


Norway  1–0  United States
Aarønes Goal 84' Report
Attendance: 1,152
Referee: José Pratas (Portugal)

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


5 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal


  1. ^ "Damerna vann bronsmatch" (in Swedish). Dagens nyheter. 20 March 1994. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 

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