The Women’s Cup schedule: AC Milan, Tottenham, OL Reign, Racing Louisville and more

The Women’s Cup kicks off on Sunday in what is expected to be an electrifying showcase for some of the world’s biggest clubs. The cup will feature clubs from five different countries on three different continents in one of the most unique and diverse competitions in women’s football. Racing Louisville, held in Louisville, Kentucky, is not only the host but also the reigning champion after beating Bayern Munich in the final of last year’s edition. You can watch all the action live on Paramount+.

This year’s entrants are NWSL clubs Racing Louisville and OL Reign, Japan’s Tokyo Verdy Beleza, Italy’s AC Milan, England’s Tottenham Hotspur and Mexico’s Club America.

The 2021-22 edition included Racing Louisville, Chicago Red Stars, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, and three of the four games went to penalties.

The action begins on August 14th and there are three days of play ending on August 20th.

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Racing Louisville FC hosts the tournament and is the current defending champion. The team clinched their first-ever Women’s Cup title after beating Bayern Munich on penalties in 2021. A year later, Louisville’s roster has many new faces on the team, including a duo of midfield rookies in Savannah DeMelo and Jaelin Howell. They are currently five-game unbeaten in the NWSL regular season.

DeMelo recently sat down with CBS Sports’ Attacking Third podcast to talk about entering the tournament for the first time.

“I think it will test us all. I think it’s always fun to play against different styles of teams,” DeMelo said. “Playing a team from England, playing a team from Mexico and playing a team in America – it’s all very different and I think it will help us tremendously along the way. … I think it will challenge us and [teach us] what we can do better, and it will only help us move forward”

Team everyone is talking about

The expanded format of the Women’s Cup competition now features six participating clubs instead of the previous four, with additional games including a quarter-final round and games to determine places from third to sixth place.

Tottenham striker and Moroccan international Rosella Ayane spoke to Attacking Third about which teams she’s most looking forward to potentially playing and seeing on the pitch.

“I love watching the Japanese play football. They are such technicians, so Tokyo [Verdy] will be a team I enjoy watching,” said Ayane. “They’re all such high quality teams, you can watch every game and enjoy it. Whoever it is, and we’re free, I’m watching.”

Schedule for the Women’s Cup

All times Easter

Matchday 1 on Sunday 14 August
AC Milan – Tokyo Verdy, 4 p.m
Tottenham vs Club America, 7pm

Matchday 2 on Wednesday 17 August
Fifth place match, 2 p.m
Tottenham/America vs. OL Reign, 5 p.m
Milan/Tokyo vs. Racing Louisville, 8 p.m

Matchday 3 on Saturday 20 August
Third place match, 4 p.m
Final, 7 p.m

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