Women’s cup competitions coming to the US in August 2022
Women’s soccer tours continue to grow in popularity with two tournaments in the United States scheduled for August 2022. Again, however, instead of combining the two tournaments into one, event organizers have scheduled both competitions at the same time. They also have similar names: Women’s Cup and Women’s International Champions Cup.
The Women’s Cup returns to Louisville, KY, while the Women’s International Champions Cup returns to Portland and Providence Park. These tournaments are both held in mid-August. Therefore, it is in the middle of the NWSL season. However, it is a pre-season competition for some other clubs from all over the world.
A total of 10 teams are involved in the two miniature tournaments. Moreover, these 10 teams come from six countries. The most notable of these is Olympique Lyonnais, who have won the UEFA Women’s Champions League six of the last seven years. Still, clubs like Chelsea, Milan, Tottenham and two Mexican sides are among the top flight in their respective competitions.
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Hence, this sets up for some high quality women’s football at club level in a busy week.
Women’s soccer tours in August 2022
On the one hand, it is a blessing for viewers to have access to watch these women’s clubs in a busy schedule from August 14 to August 20. However, there is simply no way for fans to watch the two competitions in person due to the distance between them. After all, women’s soccer tours take place in either Louisville, KY or Portland, OR.
These are two hotbeds of the American women’s club scene. The Portland Thorns, who host and compete in the Women’s International Champions Cup, are still near the top of the NWSL. With two NWSL Championships and NWSL Shields as the team with the best regular season record, Lindsey Horan and Becky Sauerbrunn are one of the most talented teams in the NWSL.
The other host of one of the women’s soccer tours is Racing Louisville, who call Lynn Family Stadium their home. Racing Louisville only started playing in 2021. Still, they have the opportunity to play against some of the best women’s teams in the world.
Women’s Cup 2022
The Women’s Cup a year ago brought together big-name teams like Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain. This year, more popular teams are coming to Louisville. Additionally, there is a bump in the amount of teams. From four to six, the teams joining Racing Louisville are Seattle’s OL Reign, Club América, Tottenham Hotspur, AC Milan and Tokyo Verdy.
The seven-day competition has seven matches on the schedule. On August 14, AC Milan will face Japanese team Tokyo Verdy Beleza. That same day, Tottenham face Club America. The winner of these matches faces Racing Louisville and OL Reign respectively in the semi-finals of the competition. The two losers of the international matches will also play a consolation match.
A year ago, three of four games ended in a shootout. So expect the same kind of drama from the 2022 Women’s Cup.
2022 International Women’s Champions Cup
Of the upcoming women’s soccer tours in the United States this summer, the Women’s International Champions Cup features perhaps the best teams on average. In fact, competing teams must qualify just to get to that position.
Knowing this, the competitors for the 2022 edition are Lyon, Portland Thorns, CF Monterrey and Chelsea FC Women’s. Each of these clubs have won their domestic competition and more. As previously reported, Lyon have won the 2021/22 UEFA Women’s Champions League against a Barcelona side who have lost only twice in the entire season. Chelsea FC Women’s have won the FA Women’s Super League and the Women’s FA Cup.
Like the Women’s Cup 2022, this is a small tournament. On August 17, Chelsea take on Lyon in a major clash between contenders for the UEFA Women’s Champions League. The other game will be between Portland and Monterrey. Three days later, on August 20, the two winners contest the de facto final, while the two previous defeated teams play the playoffs for third place.
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