The schedule leading up to next summer’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is set for the U.S. women’s national team, U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday. The USWNT will play in 10 games in 10 cities as a part of their “Countdown to the Cup” tour. The games will run from January until May, with the USWNT set to play two games in Europe and eight domestic matches ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, which runs from June 7 to July 7.
The TV broadcast information for all of the pre-World Cup matches in 2019 will be announced next year, but in the meantime you can watch the 2019 World Cup Draw on Saturday, December 8 (12 p.m. ET; FS2 and FOX Sports App, Telemundo.) [What you need to know: FIFA Women’s World Cup Draw]
First up on the schedule, the USWNT will travel abroad to face France and Spain in January. The USWNT will get to experience one of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup venues right off the bat when they take on France at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France on January 19. On January 22, the USWNT will take on Spain, another team that will be competing in the Women’s World Cup this upcoming summer.
After the two games abroad, the USWNT will play in the 2019 SheBelieves Cup against Japan on February 27 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania, England on March 2 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, and Brazil on March 5 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Japan and Brazil, regulars at the Tournament of Nations, are new teams for the SheBelieves Cup, replacing France and Germany. There will be no Tournament of Nations this summer, as it is only played in years without a Women’s World Cup or Olympics.
On April 4, they will face Australia at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado and then Belgium on April 7 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The USWNT will close out the tour with a three-match send-off series against South Africa on May 12 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, a to-be-determined team on May 16 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, and Mexico on May 26 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
“This schedule checks a lot of important boxes in our preparation for the World Cup,” USWNT head coach Jill Ellis said in a press release. “We’ll get to experience a variety of teams in regard to their strengths and styles of play and almost all of the countries will be in their World Cup preparation as well. We are playing tough games in Europe, which is vitally important, and also get to play quality opponents in front of our home fans at venues all across the USA. It will go fast, but these games will be a major factor in pushing us to be at our peak once we arrive in France next summer.”