The sport will hope to further establish its growing appeal on Sunday as millions prepare to watch the reigning world champions, the United States, take on the reigning European champions, the Netherlands, in the World Cup final. The game kicks off at 5 p. Tickets for the stadium in Lyon, France, are sold out.
The contest, a repeat of the and FIFA Women's World Cup finals, is expected to be an absorbing one between two teams blessed with numerous attacking stars.
The USWNT and Japan will battle it out with Brazil and England, who meet earlier in the day at the same venue, to be crowned as champions in the tournament. While this event does carry plenty of prestige, all the sides involved will be using these matches to refine preparations for the World Cup, which starts on June 7.
Time: 7 p.
ET , midnight Feb. Preview The two teams will have mixed memories of locking horns previously, as Japan and the United States have each won finals at the expense of the other in the last two World Cups.
In Canada four years ago, it was a memorable day for the United States, as they were able to exact revenge on their opponents for their victory, running out winners: The SheBelieves Cup represents ideal preparation for the World Cup, as the four teams involved will play three matches in quick succession in a group-stage format.
There are 10 players remaining in the squad for this tournament who were involved in the USWNT's run to glory in For manager Jill Ellis, it's a chance to see how her squad copes with the demands of so much high-intensity football in such a short space of time. As such, those involved in the tournament opener against Japan will not want to relinquish their place.
The U. Christen Press was the player on the scoresheet in that victory, showcasing searing speed and composure to net a brilliant winner.
Japan won the Asian Games with five wins in a row and hammered Norway in a friendly in their previous outing.
The United States represent a major step up in class, though, and with a home crowd behind them, Ellis' team will be tough to beat. While the USWNT have some frailties at the back Japan may be capable of exploiting, the hosts' firepower will see them over the line in an entertaining fixture.