The 1994 Algarve Cup was the inaugural edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's association football tournament. It took place between 16 and 20 March 1994 in Portugal with Norway winning the event, defeating the USA, 1-0 in the final game. Sweden ended up third defeating Denmark, 1-0, in the game for third prize.
|1994 Algarve Cup|
|Teams||6 (from 2 confederations)|
|Champions||Norway (1st title)|
|Goals scored||27 (3 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Ann Kristin Aarønes|
|Best player(s)||Ann Kristin Aarønes|
The inaugural competition was contested between the hosts Portugal, four Scandinavian teams (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) and the USA. Only two confederations were thus represented, CONCACAF and UEFA.
The six invited teams were split into two groups that played a round-robin tournament. On completion of this, the third placed teams in each group would play each other to decide fifth and sixth place, the second placed teams in each group would play to determine third and fourth place and the winners of each group would compete for first and second place overall.
Points awarded in the group stage followed the standard formula of three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss.
|Gabarra 5', 31'
Cazuza 25' (o.g.)
1991 FIFA Women's World Cup winners; the United States, finished in the top position of Group A with maximum points after winning both of their games including defeating the hosts Portugal 5–0.
Aarønes 4', 33'
|Aarønes 9', 57'
Norway, 1991 World Cup runner's up, defeated their neighbours Denmark and Finland by scoring six goals in each match.
In a replay of the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Norway once again faced the USA but won on this occasion.
|1994 Algarve Cup|
|Ann Kristin Aarønes|
Briana Collette Scurry (born September 7, 1971) is an American retired soccer goalkeeper and current assistant coach of the Washington Spirit. Scurry was the starting goalkeeper for the United States women's national soccer team at the 1995 World Cup (3rd place), 1996 Summer Olympics (gold medal), 1999 World Cup (champions), 2003 World Cup (3rd place), and the 2004 Summer Olympic Games (gold medal). She played in the semi-final and playoff for third place in the 2007 Women's World Cup (3rd place). She was a founding member of the WUSA, playing three seasons as starting goalkeeper for the Atlanta Beat (2001–2003).
Her career total of 173 international appearances is the second most among female soccer goalkeepers. It is also the fifteenth most of any American female player, and the thirty-second most among all women.
Scurry was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on August 3, 2017. She was the first woman goalkeeper and first black woman to be awarded the honor.Norway women's national football team
The Norway women's national football team is controlled by the Football Association of Norway. The team is former European, World and Olympic champions and thus one of the most successful national teams. The team has had less success since the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
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