The 2006 Algarve Cup is the 13th edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Portugal. It took place 9–15 March 2006. Eleven teams participated in this edition of the Algarve Cup. Germany won the tournament defeating the USA, 4–3, in the final-game. Sweden ended up third defeating France, 1–0, in the third-prize game.
|2006 Algarve Cup|
|Teams||11 (from 3 confederations)|
|Champions||Germany (1st title)|
|Goals scored||55 (2.75 per match)|
The eleven teams are split into three groups that played a round-robin group stage, with 4 teams each in Group A and Group B, and 3 teams in Group C.
The format for this edition of the Algarve Cup is as follows: Groups A and B, containing the strongest ranked teams, are the only ones in contention to win the title. The group A and B winners contest the final – to win the Algarve Cup. The runners-up play for third place, and those that finish third in the groups play for fifth place. The teams in Group C played for places 7–12. The winner of Group C played the team that finished fourth in Group A or B (whichever has the better record) for seventh place. The Group C runner-up played the team who finishes last in Group A or B (with the worse record) for ninth place. The team that finished last in Group C does not participate in the play-off stage.
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. In the case of two teams being tied on the same number of points in a group, their head-to-head result determined the higher place.
The twelve invited teams were:
|Republic of Ireland|
|Svensson 26', 52', 85'
|China PR||0–0||United States|
O'Reilly 29', 31'
|Duan 20' (34), 41'
Yue 28' (52)
|Republic of Ireland||2||1||1||0||1||0||+1||4|
|Portugal||0–1||Republic of Ireland|
|Report||Laura Hislop 29'|
|Republic of Ireland||0–0||Mexico|
|Report||Castelan 4', 23'
|Denmark||4–0||Republic of Ireland|
Okoyino Da Mbabi
|2006 Algarve Cup|
|10||Republic of Ireland|
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