Algarve Cup
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Algarve Cup
Algarve Cup
Founded1994
RegionAlgarve, Portugal
Number of teams12
Current champions Norway (5th title)
WebsiteOfficial website
2019 Algarve Cup

The Algarve Cup is an 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 and has been nicknamed the "Mini FIFA Women's World Cup".[1]

The most successful teams have been the United States, with ten titles, followed by Norway and Sweden, 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 nine in thirteen years since 2003. Germany has won three times, and 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 in late February or early March, at the same time as the Cyprus Cup and the SheBelieves Cup. Since 2016 the SheBelieves Cup has attracted some of the top ranked teams, and thus shifted attention from the Algarve Cup. The SheBelieves Cup is now considered to be the top international tournament outside of FIFA or continental tournaments.

Format

Estádio Algarve, one of the stadiums used in the tournament

From 2002 to 2014, 12 teams were invited, with the top eight competing for the championship. The teams were 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 played round-robin within their pool. Then the placement round proceeded as follows:

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

In 2015, Group C teams became eligible for the final, which is now played between the two best group winners.[3] If teams are tied on points, finishing positions will be determined by the following tie-breaking criteria in the following order:[4]

  1. number of points obtained in the matches among the teams in question
  2. goal difference in all the group matches
  3. number of goals scored in all the group matches
  4. fair-play ranking in all the group matches
  5. FIFA ranking

The placement round is now as follows:

  • 11th place match: 3rd best 4th placed team vs. 2nd best 4th placed team
  • 9th place match: best 4th placed team vs. 3rd best 3rd placed team
  • 7th place match: 2nd best 3rd placed team vs. best 3rd placed team
  • 5th place match: 3rd best 2nd placed team vs. 2nd best 2nd placed team
  • 3rd place match: 3rd best group winner vs. best 2nd placed team
  • Final: Best group winner vs. 2nd best group winner

Results

Rankings

Team Titles Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place Top Four Finishes
 United States 10 (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015) 4 (1994, 1999, 2006, 2009) 2 (1998, 2012) 1 (1995) 17
 Norway 5 (1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2019) 3 (2000, 2002, 2004) 5 (1995, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2013) - 13
 Sweden 4 (1995, 2001, 2009, 2018) 1 (1996) 6 (1994, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2010) 9 (1998, 2000, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019) 20
 Germany 3 (2006, 2012, 2014) 3 (2005, 2010, 2013) 1 (2015) 3 (2002, 2008, 2009) 10
 China PR 2 (1999, 2002) 2 (1997, 2003) 3 (1996, 2000, 2001) 1 (2010) 8
 Canada 1 (2016) 1 (2017) 1 (2019) 1 (2001) 4
 Spain 1 (2017) - - - 1
 Netherlands 1 (2018) - - - 1
 Denmark - 5 (1995, 1998, 2001, 2007, 2008) 2 (2009, 2017) 4 (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999) 11
 Japan - 2 (2012, 2014) 1 (2011) - 3
 France - 1 (2015) 2 (2004, 2005) 3 (2003, 2006, 2007) 6
 Iceland - 1 (2011) 2 (2014, 2016) - 3
 Brazil - 1 (2016) - - 1
 Poland - 1 (2019) - - 1
 Portugal - - 1 (2018) - 1
 Australia - - - 2 (2017, 2018) 2
 Italy - - - 1 (2004) 1
 New Zealand - - - 1 (2016) 1

Participating nations

Team 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Years
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 Australia - - - - - 5th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4th 4th - 3
 Austria - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10th 11th - - - 11th - - - - - 3
 Belgium - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5th - - - 1
 Brazil - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7th 2nd - - - 2
 Canada - - - - - - 5th 4th 8th 7th - - - - - - - - - - - - 1st 2nd 5th 3rd 8
 Chile - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11th - - - - - - - - 1
 China PR - - 3rd 2nd 5th 1st 3rd 3rd 1st 2nd 6th 7th 6th 10th 9th 5th 4th 7th 9th 6th 5th 12th - 10th 11h 12th 23
 Denmark 4th 2nd 4th 4th 2nd 4th 6th 2nd 6th 9th 7th 6th 9th 2nd 2nd 3rd 5th 6th 5th 7th 6th 6th 7th 3rd 10th 6th 26
 England - - - - - - - - 9th - - 8th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
 Faroe Islands - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12th - - - - - - - - - 1
 Finland 6th 5th 8th 6th 8th 8th 7th 7th 7th 6th 9th 10th 7th 6th 8th 7th 8th 10th - - - - - - - - 18
 France - - - - - - - - - 4th 3rd 3rd 4th 4th - - - - - - - 2nd - - - - 6
 Germany - - - - - - - - 4th - - 2nd 1st 8th 4th 4th 2nd - 1st 2nd 1st 3rd - - - - 11
 Greece - - - - - - - - - 8th 11th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
 Hungary - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12th 10th - - - - - - 2
 Iceland - - 6th 7th - - - - - - - - - 9th 7th 6th 9th 2nd 6th 9th 3rd 10th 3rd 9th 9th 9th 15
 Republic of Ireland - - - - - - - - - 11th - - 10th 11th 12th - - - 11th - - - - - - - 5
 Italy - 7th - - - - - - - - 4th - - 7th 6th - - - - - - - - - - - 4
 Japan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3rd 2nd 5th 2nd 9th - 6th 6th - 7
 Mexico - - - - - - - - - - - 9th 8th - - - - - - 8th - - - - - - 3
 Netherlands - 6th - 5th 6th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5th 1st 11th 6
 New Zealand - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4th - - - 1
 North Korea - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8th - - - - - 1
 Northern Ireland - - - - - - - - - - 12th 12th WD - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
 Norway 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 5th 2nd 3rd 2nd 5th 5th 5th 3rd 9th 6th 5th 7th 3rd 10th 5th - 11th 7th 1st 25
 Poland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11th 11th - - - - - - - - - 2nd 3
 Portugal 5th 8th 7th 8th 7th 7th 8th 8th 11th 10th 8th 11th 11th 12th 10th 8th 10th 9th 10th 11th 12th 11th 8th 12th 3rd 10th 26
 Romania - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7th 12th - - - - - - - - 2
 Russia - - 5th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9th - 6th 8th 12th - 5
 Scotland - - - - - - - - 10th - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5th 2
 South Korea - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7th - 1
 Spain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1st - 7th 2
 Sweden 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 6th 4th 1st 3rd 5th 5th 4th 3rd 3rd 5th 1st 3rd 4th 4th 4th 4th 4th - 7th 1st 4th 25
  Switzerland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8th - - - 8th 2
 United States 2nd 4th  - - 3rd 2nd 1st 6th 5th 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 1st 7th 1st - - - - 20
 Wales - - - - - - - - 12th 12th 10th - - - - 12th - 8th 8th 12th - - - - - - 7
Total (36 teams) 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 8 12 12 12

General statistics

As of 2019.

Rank Team Part Pld W D L GF GA Dif Pts
1  United States 20 79 56 11 12 173 62 +111 179
2  Sweden 25 97 49 22 26 175 104 +71 169
3  Norway 25 97 50 14 33 168 107 +61 164
4  Denmark 26 102 40 14 48 139 144 -5 134
5  China PR 23 91 35 14 42 106 109 -3 119
6  Portugal 26 100 25 16 58 98 197 -99 94
7  Germany 11 44 29 2 13 94 35 +59 89
8  Iceland 15 59 21 11 27 75 93 -18 74
9  Canada 8 31 17 5 9 51 35 +16 56
10  Japan 7 28 16 1 11 45 36 +9 49
11  France 6 24 13 2 9 34 35 -1 41
12  Finland 18 71 8 9 54 45 165 -120 33
13  Wales 7 28 9 5 14 31 47 -16 32
14  Netherlands 6 22 9 3 10 26 34 -8 30
15  Italy 4 16 9 1 6 25 26 -1 28
16  Republic of Ireland 5 19 4 8 7 18 28 -10 20
17  Mexico 3 11 5 2 4 18 15 +3 17
18  Australia 3 12 4 5 3 15 14 +1 17
19  Russia 5 20 5 2 13 16 41 -25 17
20  Brazil 2 8 5 1 2 15 7 +8 16
21  Spain 2 7 5 1 1 10 4 +6 16
22  Austria 3 12 5 1 6 20 17 +3 16
23  Greece 2 8 4 2 2 9 11 -2 14
24  England 2 8 4 1 3 21 12 +9 13
25  Romania 2 8 4 3 1 13 5 +8 13
26  Scotland 2 7 4 0 3 9 10 -1 12
27  Poland 3 11 3 2 6 12 20 -8 11
28  North Korea 1 4 3 0 1 6 4 +2 9
29  Hungary 2 8 2 1 5 7 14 -7 7
30  Belgium 1 4 2 0 2 8 4 +4 6
31  New Zealand 1 4 1 2 1 2 2 0 5
32  South Korea 1 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
33   Switzerland 1 4 1 1 2 5 9 -4 4
34  Northern Ireland 2 8 1 0 7 4 19 -15 3
35  Chile 1 4 0 2 2 2 5 -3 2
36  Faroe Islands 1 4 0 0 4 1 19 -18 0

Best player

Top scorer

References

  1. ^ "Women's game thriving in the Algarve". FIFA. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 April 2013. Retrieved 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), kicker.so, 11. February 2013.
  3. ^ "DFB-Frauen beim Algarve-Cup gegen Brasilien, China und Schweden". dfb.de. 19 December 2014.
  4. ^ Regulations
  5. ^ http://www.thefinalball.com/competition_stats.php?id_competicao=896&v=et1&tp=t&esp=0

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