U.S. Soccer

What is the SheBelieves Campaign?

Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the U.S. WNT players aim to inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better. They inspire them to believe.

What is SheBelieves?

Conceived and developed by the U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and women and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 Women’s World Cup but has since evolved and grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and that of believing in yourself into communities across the nation.

As one of the most popular national women’s team in the United States, the WNT is the prime example that dreams are attainable if you set your mind to it and go after what you want. Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the players in the U.S. team inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better. They inspire them to believe.

SheBelieves Across the Country

Following the USA championship run at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the team embarked in a 10-city Victory Tour where players met with several women in various professions in various locales across the country to chat about being leaders, advocates, game-changers and role-models. Ranging from entrepreneurs, deputy directors to firefighters, and chefs to park rangers, these women showed that despite all being so different, the common denominator of hard work and discipline led them all to be successful in their own fields.

Spread the Message, Get Involved

In a culture where young girls are often influenced by outdated gender norms, it is the mission of the U.S. WNT players to empower girls to reach their dreams. You and your organization can join this mission by spreading messages of positivity and showcasing your athletes and their stories as examples of hope and success.

The empowerment of young women and girls is not an overnight objective but a permanent movement that can impact millions, because when girls and women succeed, we all succeed. Join us in sharing the message and get involved as we near the SheBelieves Cup. Use #SheBelieves in your posts, content and social media to broaden the awareness of this campaign that impacts every young girl and woman with a dream around the globe. 

SheBelieves Cup
The SheBelieves Cup is an extension of the #SheBelieves campaign, as this event brings together some of the best women soccer players in the world. The tournament assists in spreading the positive message of empowerment and provides a stage to shine the spotlight on positive female role models (athletes and non-athletes alike) and showcase their accomplishments both on the field and in culture at large.


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WNT Feb 22, 2017

Five Things to Know About SheBelieves Cup Opponents

The U.S. WNT will face No.5-ranked England, No.3-ranked France and No.2-ranked Germany at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup from March 1-7. As four of the top five nations in the world meet in three doubleheaders in three different venues, the games promise to be highly competitive and entertaining.

Here are five things to know about the USA’s three opponents:

USA vs. Germany: World Champions vs. Olympic Champions
The series between the world’s two most successful women’s soccer nations dates back to 1991 (the second ever meeting was at the 1991 Women’s World Cup). The teams have played 31 times, with the USA winning 20 and Germany winning four, along with seven draws. The Unites States are three-time Women’s World Cup champions, while Germany has claimed the trophy twice. Additionally, while the U.S. is the reigning World Cup champion, Germany is the reigning Olympic champion, making this one of the most competitive games of the year in women’s international soccer.

The USA and Germany have met in World Cup play on four occasions: a 5-2 USA win on Nov. 27, 1991 in China in the semifinal; a 3-2 quarterfinal win for the USA on July 1, 1999 in Maryland; a 3-0 win for Germany in the semifinal on Oct. 5, 2003 in Portland, Oregon; and the most recent, a 2-0 semifinal win for the USA on July 2, 2015 in Canada. The winner of each of those matches went on to win the World Cup.

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WNT Feb 8, 2017

GALLERY: Ellis Calls 25 Players to Training Camp Roster Ahead of SheBelieves Cup

U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has called 25 players to the training camp leading up to the 2017 SheBelieves Cup. The team will train in Orlando, Fla. prior to heading to Philadelphia for the tournament opener. The tournament will feature the USA, Germany, France and England, playing in three doubleheader events at three different venues from March 1-7. 

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WNT Feb 8, 2017

Ellis Names 25 Players to Training Camp Roster Prior to 2017 SheBelieves Cup

CHICAGO (February 8, 2017) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 25 players to a training camp roster prior to the 2017 SheBelieves Cup that will feature the USA, Germany, France and England playing in three doubleheader events at three different venues over a seven-day period in what promises to be highly competitive and entertaining matches.

“January gave us a chance to see some new faces in with the veterans, and get some quality time on the training field,” Ellis said. “A player’s performance in that camp and positional depth guided our selection for this pre-camp, and from here we will select our SheBelieves Cup roster. There will be no better test than opening against Germany, so we will need to have a laser focus as soon as we land in Orlando. As our players have not yet returned to their clubs, they have been training in their independent environments, so playing as much 11v11 situations will again be critical during these few days,” Ellis added.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (7): Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Brianna Pinto (CASL)

FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies FC), Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

Breaking Down the SheBelieves Cup Schedule
The U.S. team will convene in Orlando, Florida on Feb. 20 for a week of training before heading to Philadelphia to kick off the 2nd annual edition of the tournament on Wednesday, March 1 at Talen Energy Stadium. England will open against France in Chester, Pa. (4 p.m. ET) followed by the USA against Germany (7 p.m. ET on FS1). 

All the teams will then travel to New Jersey where France will face Germany on Saturday, March 4 (2:15 p.m. ET) followed by the USA taking on England (5 p.m. ET on FOX) at Red Bull Arena in Harrison. The tournament will finish on Tuesday, March 7, at the historic RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. as Germany takes on England (4 p.m. ET) and the USA faces France (7 p.m. ET on FS1).

SheBelieves Cup Tickets
Tickets for all three doubleheaders
are on sale through ussoccer.com. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 1-800-298-4200 for the event in Pennsylvania and 1-800-745-3000 for the matchups in New Jersey and Washington. Ticket office hours at Talen Energy Stadium are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the Red Bull Arena ticket office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. [Note: Tickets are not sold at RFK Stadium except on the day of the event.] Groups of 20 or more can be ordered at ussoccer.com.

#SheBelievesHero Contest
The U.S. Women’s National Team announced the launch of the SheBelieves Hero contest ahead of the 2017 SheBelieves Cup. The contest, which runs from Feb. 7-10, aims to find a girl between the ages of 13-17 who embodies the SheBelieves spirit.

Conceived and developed by the U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and women and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup but has since evolved and grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and that of believing in yourself into communities across the nation.

Additional Notes:

  • Ellis will finalize the 23-player roster for the SheBelieves Cup near the end of camp.
  • U.S. captain Carli Lloyd is the most capped player on the roster with 232 games played and is four goals away from becoming the sixth player in U.S. history to score 100 international goals.
  • The camp marks the return of Meghan Klingenberg and Mallory Pugh, both 2016 Olympians, who have both recovered from injuries. Pugh has not played for the senior National Team since the Olympics but spent the fall with the U-20 WNT and captained the USA at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Klingenberg last played for the USA on Sept. 18, 2016, against the Netherlands.
  • 2016 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year Tobin Heath comes into the camp with 128 caps and 18 goals.
  • Three other players have more than 100 caps in Amy Rodriguez (129), Alex Morgan (120) and Becky Sauerbrunn (119).
  • Nine players on the roster have 20 caps or less.
  • There are four uncapped players on the roster in goalkeeper Jane Campbell and midfielders Sarah Killion, Rose Lavelle and Brianna Pinto. Lavelle was the #1 pick in the 2016 NWSL Draft by the Boston Breakers while Campbell was taken 15th overall in the second round by the Houston Dash. Killion was part of the squad that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, along with Morgan Brian, Julie Johnston, Samantha Mewis and Crystal Dunn.
  • The sixteen-year-old Pinto was held over from the U.S. Under-23 WNT training camp in January and trained for several days with the senior team, becoming one of the youngest call-ups of the modern era of the U.S. Women’s National Team. She turns 17 on May 24. Pinto was a starter in the center midfield for the USA at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan. She finished her U-17 international career with 20 caps and one goal.
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WNT Feb 8, 2017

Tickets for 2017 SheBelieves Cup on Sale Now

CHICAGO (Jan. 13, 2017) – For the second year in a row, fans can watch the world’s best women’s national teams compete in the most elite four-team tournament of 2017 as the USA hosts Germany, France and England in three doubleheaders from March 1-7 at three venues in the northeast.

Tickets for all three doubleheaders go on sale to the public on Friday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 1-800-298-4200 for the event in Pennsylvania and 1-800-745-3000 for the matchups in New Jersey and Washington. Ticket office hours at Talen Energy Stadium are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the Red Bull Arena ticket office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. [Note: Tickets are not sold at RFK Stadium except on the day of the event.] Groups of 20 or more can be order at ussoccer.com.

The tournament format will be the same as last year as the four teams will each participate in three doubleheader events at three different venues over a seven-day period. The match days will see England open against France on Wednesday, March 1 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. (4 p.m. ET), followed by the USA against Germany (7 p.m. ET on FS1). All the teams will then travel to New Jersey where France will face Germany on Saturday, March 4 (2:15 p.m. ET) followed by the USA taking on England (5 p.m. ET on FOX) at Red Bull Arena in Harrison. The tournament will finish on Tuesday, March 7, at the historic RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. as Germany takes on England (4 p.m. ET) and the USA faces France (7 p.m. ET on FS1).

2017 SheBelieves Cup Schedule

Date    Matches                      Stadium                                  City                             Kickoff            TV
Mar. 1  England vs. France     Talen Energy Stadium            Chester, Pa.                4 p.m. ET           
Mar. 1 USA vs. Germany      Talen Energy Stadium          Chester, Pa.               7 p.m. ET           FS1

Mar. 4  France vs. Germany   Red Bull Arena                        Harrison, N.J.              2:15 p.m. ET           
Mar. 4 USA vs. England       Red Bull Arena                      Harrison, N.J.            5 p.m. ET           FOX

Mar. 7  Germany vs. England RFK Stadium                          Washington, D.C.       4 p.m. ET           
Mar. 7 USA vs. France         RFK Stadium                         Washington, D.C.      7 p.m. ET           FS1

The USA is currently ranked first in the world, defending Olympic champion Germany is second, France is third and England is fifth.

Conceived and developed by the U.S. WNT players, #SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign launched in the run-up to the 2015 Women’s World Cup but has since grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and just believing in yourself into communities across the nation. The SheBelieves Cup adds a showcase event to the campaign, which will continue to spread its positive message and brings together the world’s most elite female soccer players to compete in the U.S., providing a stage to shine the spotlight on positive female role models (athletes and non-athletes alike) and showcase their accomplishments both on the field and in culture at large.

The winner of the tournament will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the first tie-breaker being overall goal difference, followed by most total tournament goals scored, then head-to-head result and lastly, FIFA Ranking if necessary.

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WNT Jan 13, 2017
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