2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
USWNT 2015 Schedule Announced
(Atlanta – GA / By Glenn Boylan)
U.S. Soccer has announced the Women’s National Team schedule leading up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Starting with six games in Europe, the USWNT will come back to the States for four games before heading to Canada for the World Cup.
The U.S. Women’s team will kick things off against France on February 8th, and will follow that with games against England, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, and a team still to be determined. The games against France and England will be in those countries in February, with the last four games being played in Portugal in March.
The games in Europe will be a stern test for the Americans, as these five teams are ranked in the top 20 in the world by FIFA. The US team, currently ranked 2nd, will face the 3rd (France), 6th (England), 12th (Norway), 19th (Switzerland) and 20th (Iceland) ranked teams in the first set of games.
The Yanks will return to American soil in April and May for games against New Zealand in St. Louis, Ireland in San Jose, Mexico in Carson, California, and the Korea Republic at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. These teams are no slouches either as they are ranked 18th, 29th, 25th, and 17th respectively by FIFA.
Then in June, the USWNT will be taking on the world’s best, starting with Group D games in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The U.S. women will be looking to improve on their runner-up finish to Japan in the 2013 World Cup. But if the U.S. is to advance to the knockout rounds, they will have to earn it. Group D includes Australia (ranked 10th by FIFA), Sweden (5th) and Nigeria (32nd). The U.S. Group D games will take place in Winnipeg on June 8 and 12, and in Vancouver on June 16.
The game against France on February 8 will be televised by ESPN2. The Korea Republic game on May 30 will be televised on ESPN. The remaining friendlies will be televised on Fox Sports 1, and the World Cup games will be on Fox.
For more information go to ussoccer.com and fifa.com.