LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Women’s Cup will return to Louisville this August with an expanded format, featuring six world-class teams playing seven games across one week at Racing Louisville FC’s Lynn Family Stadium.
What You Need To Know
- The Women's Cup returns to Louisville this August
- NWSL's Racing Louisville and OL Reign will host four international clubs for the tourney
- Tickets for the week of games are on sale now
Four different international clubs — two from Europe, one from Asia and one from Latin America — are set to join the National Women’s Soccer League’s Racing Louisville and OL Reign in the August 2022 event.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗟𝗼𝘂𝗶𝘀𝘃𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲.— Racing Louisville FC (@RacingLouFC) April 12, 2022
In for @thewomenscup's 2022 edition: @AmericaFemenil, @OLReign, @tokyo_beleza and Racing Louisville!
Two top-flight European participants will be announced later this spring once Champions League positions are set. pic.twitter.com/G0BQR2Ahqm
Racing Louisville took home the inaugural trophy last August with a thrilling toppling of FC Bayern Munich in a PK shootout. Paris Saint-German and the Chicago Red Stars also played in last year's tourney.
International participants this year will include Liga MX Femenil’s Club América (Mexico) and the WE League’s Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza (Japan). Two participants from England and Spain will be announced later this spring, Racing Louisville said in a news release.
The international clubs open The Women’s Cup on Sunday, Aug. 14. On Wednesday, Aug. 17, the winners will meet Racing and OL Reign in the semifinals, while the two losing teams from Sunday will play against each other for fifth place. The final and third-place matches are set for Saturday, Aug. 20.
Tickets and parking for all three days of the cup are on sale now at TheWomensCup.world.
“The 2022 edition of The Women’s Cup promises to be bigger and better than the last one,” said J.P. Reynal, the tournament’s president and CEO. “This event will continue to present an opportunity for women’s soccer fans to see how the NWSL stacks up against strong sides from nations such as England, Japan, Mexico and Spain.”
In addition to the on-field action, The Women’s Cup is looking to further connect with its home city of Louisville. Tournament organizers are planning additional events throughout the week, including a music festival and youth soccer activities.
“We are thrilled to build on the success of last year’s tournament,” said James O’Connor, Racing’s interim president. “Our supporters were able to witness some fantastic games from some of the world’s biggest clubs in Bayern and PSG, and this year will be no different. Our players had a wonderful experience facing top-class opposition, and the final last year is something we will always remember.”
The Women’s Cup will be staged completely outside of the regular-season NWSL schedule.
Lynn Family Stadium is a 15,304-capacity facility that’s home to Racing Louisville — currently playing its second season — as well as the title-winning USL Championship club Louisville City FC.