For the U.S. women’s national team, the path to the Paris Olympics will include the debut of the Concacaf W Gold Cup and the return (and revamping) of the SheBelieves Cup.
The 2024 schedule kicks off in February with the inaugural Gold Cup tournament, which brings together teams from the North and South American federations. The USWNT will play three group-stage matches, and then could advance to the three-round knockout stage.
April brings the SheBelieves Cup, which will take a different format due to the Gold Cup taking its usual place on the calendar. Rather than four teams competing in a six-match round-robin format, the four teams will compete in a bracket, with two semifinals on April 6, and a championship match and a third-place match on April 9. The participants joining the USWNT have yet to be announced, but all will have participated in the 2023 World Cup.
The first half of 2024 also will feature two weeklong international breaks, starting May 27 and July 8. All of these competitions will lead up to the 12-team tournament at the Paris Olympics, which will run from July 25 through Aug. 10.
The end of the year will feature two more weeklong international windows, starting on Oct. 21 and Nov. 25.