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FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 Schedule and Logo Unveiled


CHICAGO (Monday, June 16, 2003) - U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia and FIFA Executive Committee member Worawi Makudi unveiled the entire 32-match, 23-day tournament schedule for the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 at a press conference today at RFK Stadium, site of the tournament’s first U.S. Women’s National Team match and opening ceremonies on Sunday, Sept. 21.

In securing matches at the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003, RFK Stadium will join the Rose Bowl (in Pasadena, Calif.) and Stanford Stadium (in Palo Alto, Calif.) as the only stadiums in the world to have hosted matches in a FIFA World Cup, a FIFA Women’s World Cup and an Olympic Soccer Tournament.

"Washington, D.C. is an historic place for soccer in the United States and we are thrilled to be able to open the Women’s World Cup under the shadow of our nation’s capitol," said Contiguglia. "Everyone knows what kind of history this stadium has helped chart for the sport in our country, and Sept. 21 will mark yet another chapter in U.S. Soccer’s illustrious legacy."

Following the USA opener, RFK Stadium will see a pair of games played on both Wednesday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 27, featuring action from Groups A, B and C. The USA’s second match takes place in the sparkling new Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Thursday, Sept. 25. The first game of the 2003 Women’s World Cup will actually kickoff in Philadelphia with a doubleheader featuring matches from Groups A and B on Saturday, Sept. 20.

First round group play for the U.S. WNT will end in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Columbus Crew Stadium, the first major soccer-specific stadium ever constructed in the United States. Crew Stadium will host three sets of doubleheaders, including two matches on the tournament’s first day of action on Saturday, Sept. 20, which will feature "Welcome to the Women’s World Cup Ceremonies," and games on Wednesday, Sept. 24. All four of those games will feature action from Group C.

The tournament quarterfinals will be played as doubleheaders on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., and on Thursday, Oct. 2 at PGE Park in Portland, Ore. Should they advance to the knockout stage, the U.S. Women would play their quarterfinal match in Boston. In addition to the game three finales of Group D on Sunday, Sept. 28, PGE Park will also host the tournament semifinals on Sunday, Oct. 5. Gillette Stadium’s other matches are game three matches from Group B and C on Saturday, Sept. 27.

"Ultimately, we feel this schedule not only gives our fans an excellent chance to see the 16 greatest women’s soccer teams in the world competing on the world’s grandest stage, but also will eliminate the need for the four semifinal teams to crisscross the country from west to east and back again," said Contiguglia, in highlighting the fact that the first round matches in Portland and Los Angeles will feature competition exclusively in Group D.

The final and third place matches of the Women’s World Cup will be played as stand alone games on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, respectively, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Group D action will kickoff with consecutive doubleheaders at the HDC on Sunday, Sept. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 25.

A complete TV schedule with match times will be released in the near future. Ticketing details will also be announced shortly and will include a private pre-sale for members of the U.S. Soccer community.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003, which is being presented by MasterCard, will mark the third time in 10 years that the U.S. Soccer Federation has hosted a FIFA World Cup event. In 1994, the FIFA World Cup was introduced to the American public for the first time, resulting in the highest attended event in FIFA history, and in 1999 the groundbreaking FIFA Women’s World Cup was, by every measurable yardstick, the most successful women’s sporting event ever.

In addition to MasterCard, the event is being supported by FIFA partners adidas, Avaya, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Deutsche Telekom, Fly Emirates, Fujifilm, Hyundai, McDonald’s, Philips, Toshiba and Yahoo!.

Venue Breakdown

Venue (Match Dates)DatesNote
RFK Stadium (3)Sept. 21, 24 & 27Opening ceremonies and U.S. opener on Sept. 21
Lincoln Financial Field (2)Sept. 20 & 25Tournament kicks off Sept. 20, U.S. visits Sept. 25
Columbus Crew Stadium (3)Sept. 20, 24 & 28Group A finale with U.S. on Sept. 28
Gillette Stadium (2)Sept. 27, Oct. 1Oct. 1 quarterfinal match-ups could feature U.S.
PGE Park (3)Sept. 28, Oct. 2 & 5Host Group D finales, quarterfinals and semifinals
Home Depot Center (4)Sept. 21 & 25, Oct. 11 & 122003 crown to be decided at Home Depot Center

Full Match Schedule

Match #DateTeamsLocationTime (Local)
Group A
1Sept. 21United States (A1) vs A2RFK Stadium
(Washington, D.C.)
TBD
2Sept. 20A3 vs A4Lincoln Financial Field
(Philadelphia, Pa.)
TBD
9Sept. 25United States (A1) vs A3Lincoln Financial Field
(Philadelphia, Pa.)
TBD
10Sept. 25A2 vs A4Lincoln Financial Field
(Philadelphia, Pa.)
TBD
17Sept. 28A4 vs United States (A1)

Columbus Crew Stadium
(Columbus, Ohio
)

TBD
18Sept. 28A2 vs A3

Columbus Crew Stadium
(Columbus, Ohio
)

TBD
Group B
3Sept. 20B1 vs B2Lincoln Financial Field
(Philadelphia, Pa.)
TBD
4Sept. 21B3 vs B4RFK Stadium
(Washington, D.C.)
TBD
11Sept. 24B1 vs B3RFK Stadium
(Washington, D.C.)
TBD
12Sept. 24B2 vs B4RFK Stadium
(Washington, D.C.)
TBD
19Sept. 27B4 vs B1Gillette Stadium
(Foxboro, Mass.)
TBD
20Sept. 27B2 vs B3RFK Stadium
(Washington, D.C.)
TBD
Group C
5Sept. 20C1 vs C2

Columbus Crew Stadium
(Columbus, Ohio
)

TBD
6Sept. 20C3 vs C4

Columbus Crew Stadium
(Columbus, Ohio
)

TBD
13Sept. 24C1 vs C3

Columbus Crew Stadium
(Columbus, Ohio
)

TBD
14Sept. 24C2 vs C4

Columbus Crew Stadium
(Columbus, Ohio
)

TBD
21Sept. 27C4 vs C1RFK Stadium
(Washington, D.C.)
TBD
22Sept. 27C2 vs C3Gillette Stadium
(Foxboro, Mass.)
TBD
Group D
7Sept. 21D1 vs D2Home Depot Center
(Carson, Calif.)
TBD
8Sept. 21D3 vs D4Home Depot Center
(Carson, Calif.)
TBD
15Sept. 25D1 vs D3Home Depot Center
(Carson, Calif.)
TBD
16Sept. 25D2 vs D4Home Depot Center
(Carson, Calif.)
TBD
23Sept. 28D4 vs D1PGE Park
(Portland, Ore.)
TBD
24Sept. 28D2 vs D3PGE Park
(Portland, Ore.)
TBD
Quarterfinals
25Oct. 11st A vs 2nd BGillette Stadium
(Foxboro, Mass.)
TBD
26Oct. 11st B vs 2nd AGillette Stadium
(Foxboro, Mass.)
TBD
27Oct. 21st C vs 2nd DPGE Park
(Portland, Ore.)
TBD
28Oct. 21st D vs 2nd CPGE Park
(Portland, Ore.)
TBD
Semifinals
29Oct. 5W25 vs W27PGE Park
(Portland, Ore.)
TBD
30Oct. 5W26 vs W28PGE Park
(Portland, Ore.)
TBD
Third Place
31Oct. 11L29 vs L30Home Depot Center
(Carson, Calif.)
TBD
Final
32Oct. 12W29 vs W30Home Depot Center
(Carson, Calif.)
TBD

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