The Women’s Cup lineup is complete, with Tottenham Hotspur FC (England) and AC Milan (Italy) joining the tournament, which will take place Aug. 14-20 at Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville.
Also playing are host Racing Louisville FC, OL Reign, Club América (Liga MX Femenil, Mexico) and Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza (WE League, Japan). Their participation had been announced in April, alongside the announcement that Louisville would once again be hosting the event, of which they are defending champions.
A total of seven games will be played between the six teams.
“The Women’s Cup has quickly become the preeminent professional women’s club soccer tournament in the world,” said J.P. Reynal, The Women’s Cup’s president and CEO. “With the addition of these two storied European powerhouses, we’ve solidified an international field like none previously assembled. We look to continue growing the tournament in years to come.”
Tottenham finished the 2021-22 season with a best-ever FA Women’s Super League finish with a 9-8-5 record. For the efforts, manager Rehanne Skinner was nominated as FA Women’s Super League Manager of the Season. Defender Ashleigh Neville was also shortlisted for Player of the Season.
AC Milan, meanwhile, is still new to the women’s game having been founded in 2018. Last season, the club finished with a 14-4-4 record and finished the year as runner-up in the Supercoppa Italiana.
“It is a huge honor to have AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur representing Europe in the 2022 edition of The Women’s Cup,” said Jaime Phillips, the tournament’s co-founder and executive director. “These are prestigious soccer clubs worldwide, and we are excited to have them competing for a championship this summer in Louisville.”
It’s the first time six teams will play in the Women’s Cup, up from last year’s four. The winners of the first round of games will play Racing Louisville and OL Reign in the semifinals while the losing teams will play one another for fifth place.
The final is set for Saturday, Aug. 20.