Prior to the 2016 Olympics, the United States will host a four-nation tournament on American soil called the SheBelieves Cup, named after a hashtag the WNT players themselves created during the 2015 World Cup.
The tournament will be held March 3 - 9 in doubleheaders in Tampa, Nashville, and Boca Raton, with games scheduled to show on FS1 and ESPN3. This comes on the heels of at least four other games, including a friendly against Ireland on January 23rd and Olympic qualifying from February 10-21.
Only one US game, USA vs. England, will actually be broadcast on television, while the games against France and Germany will be streamed on ESPN3. However, French channels Direct 17 and Canal+ Sport will carry all games. Any combination of England, Germany, or France should be an entertaining matchup, so it's fairly frustrating to host them in America and not show any of their games on American TV - about as frustrating as not broadcasting American games against fellow World Cup competitors France and Germany.
Normally the USWNT attends the Algarve Cup in Portugal in the spring, as they have done for the past 18 years in a row. However, as the team prepares for the Olympics, USSF has taken a different direction. A tournament on home soil is certainly easier to handle logistically, and will go easier on US players in terms of travel. It also makes it easier to get national team players back to their NWSL clubs for preseason, where they can enjoy a controlled training environment.
"This is another sign of U.S. Soccer's dedication to the women's game to organize a tournament like this, which will bring some of the world's best teams and players to the USA," said head coach Jill Ellis in a press release by US Soccer. "To get the chance to play these great teams on home soil is a treat for our fans and extremely valuable in the further evolution of our team. These are the kinds of games where you get tested all over the field and can really evaluate players and learn a lot about ourselves."
The full schedule is below:
Mar. 3 Germany vs. France, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. 5 p.m. ET n/a
Mar. 3 USA vs. England, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. 7:30 p.m. ET FS1
Mar. 6 USA vs. France, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn. 2 p.m. CT ESPN3
Mar. 6 Germany vs. England, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn. 4:30 p.m. CT n/a
Mar. 9 France vs. England, FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla. 5 p.m. ET n/a
Mar. 9 USA vs. Germany, FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla. 7:30 p.m. ET ESPN3