2011 World Football Challenge
|Herbalife World Football Challenge|
The 2011 logo for the World Football Challenge
|Teams||13 (from 2 federations)|
|Goals scored||42 (3 per match)|
|Attendance||583,764 (41,697 per match)|
|Top goal scorer(s)|| Cristiano Ronaldo|
The 2011 tournament increased in scale from the 2009 incarnation, bringing in thirteen teams from seven different countries. All the teams were either a member of the UEFA or CONCACAF federations. The field was highlighted by Spanish league and European champions Barcelona and English champion Manchester United. Club América was the only team that returned from the 2009 competition.
This tournament for the first time also included five teams from Major League Soccer, the top-flight league for the host countries, United States and Canada. As another first, there were games played outside the United States, at Empire Field in Vancouver and BMO Field in Toronto.
North American clubs that competed in 2011 included Chicago Fire, Guadalajara, Club América, Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution, Philadelphia Union, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Four representatives from Europe's top leagues of England and Spain, all of whom won their country's blue ribbon competitions in the 2010–11 season joined the North American clubs, those being: Spanish and European champions Barcelona, FA Cup winners Manchester City, Premier League champions Manchester United and Copa del Rey winners Real Madrid.
The event rules differed considerably from the 2009 event, due to differences in the number of teams.
- In the event of a tie after the regulation 90 minutes, a penalty shootout immediately followed. These penalties did not accrue points in the table as a regulation goal or penalty would.
- Cautions and sending offs did not carry into the next competitive game, however, a player may have been suspended for their club's next WFC match.
- Teams had a roster of 25 players, and clubs were able to substitute eleven players during the course of the match rather than the standard three.
The format was a single table, accruing points as follows:
- Three points for a regulation victory
- Two points for a penalty shootout victory
- One point for a penalty shootout loss
- No points for a regulation loss
- One point for each goal scored (up to three per match)
Sporting CP, who played only one game, did not accrue points, but their opponent, Juventus, were able to in their matchup. The five Major League Soccer teams were split up into two different "clubs" for the purposes of the table, the MLS Eastern Conference (containing the Chicago Fire, New England Revolution, and Philadelphia Union), and the MLS Western Conference (containing the Los Angeles Galaxy, who played two games, and the Vancouver Whitecaps). Each of the other seven clubs played three games and accrued points as normal.
In the event of a tie in the final table standings, the following tiebreakers were used in order:
- Regulation goal difference
- Most goals for in regulation
- Fewest goals against in regulation
- Most goals scored in regulation in one match
- Drawing of lots
Sporting CP played only one game and did not accrue points.
1MLS Eastern Conference composed of one game each by the New England Revolution, Philadelphia Union, and Chicago Fire
2MLS Western Conference composed of one game by the Vancouver Whitecaps and two games by the Los Angeles Galaxy
|New England Revolution||1–4||Manchester United|
|Mansally 56'||Report||Owen 51'
Macheda 54', 61'
|Club América||0–2||Manchester City|
|Los Angeles Galaxy||1–4||Real Madrid|
|Cristman 67'||Report||Callejón 31'
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||1–2||Manchester City|
|Sanvezzo 30'||Report||Guidetti 68'
|Report||Ronaldo 73', 76' (pen.), 82'|
|Chicago Fire||1–3||Manchester United|
|Gibbs 13'||Report||Rooney 66'
|Del Piero 80'||Report||Djaló 13', 36'|
|Philadelphia Union||1–2||Real Madrid|
|M. Farfan 80'||Report||Callejón 2'
|Los Angeles Galaxy||1–1||Manchester City|
|Magee 53'||Report||Balotelli 20' (pen.)|
|Thiago 70'||Report||Nani 22'
|Villa 3'||Report||Fabián 60', 63'
|Country / Region||Broadcaster||Matches|
|Arab World||Al Jazeera Sports||All Real Madrid and Manchester United matches|
|Israel||Sport 2||All Manchester United matches|
|Sport 5||All Real Madrid matches|
|Italy||Sportitalia||All Real Madrid matches|
|Norway||TV 2 Premier League HD 1||All Real Madrid and Manchester United matches|
|United Kingdom||MUTV||All Manchester United matches|
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- "World Football Challenge Rules of Competition". MLS. Major League Soccer. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
- "World Football Challenge Standings". MLS. Major League Soccer. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
- "World Football Challenge Schedule". MLS. Major League Soccer. Retrieved October 25, 2012.