|2012 Algarve Cup|
|Dates||29 February – 7 March 2012|
|Teams||12 (from 3 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||9 (in 9 host cities)|
|Champions||Germany (2nd title)|
|Third place||United States|
|Goals scored||62 (2.58 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Célia Okoyino da Mbabi|
|Best player(s)||Aya Miyama|
The twelve invited teams were split into three groups that played a round-robin tournament.
Groups A and B, containing the strongest ranked teams, were the only ones in contention to win the title. The group winners from A and B contested the final, with the runners-up playing for third place and those that finished third in these two groups playing for fifth place.
The teams in Group C were playing for places 7–12, with the winner of Group C playing the team that finished fourth in Group A or B with the better record for seventh place and the Group C runner-up playing the team which came last in Group A or B with the worse record for ninth place. The third and fourth-placed teams in Group C played for the eleventh place.
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.
Listed are the confirmed teams.
|Republic of Ireland|
|Argentina||Salomé di Iorio|
|China PR||Liang Qin||Yongmei Cui|
|Czech Republic||Jana Adámková||Adriana Šecová|
|Italy||Carina Vitulano||Manuela Nicolosi|
|Japan||Nami Sato||Emi Chiba|
|Mexico||Lucila Venegas||Enedina Caudillo|
|United States||Margaret Domka|
|Costa Rica||Kimberly Moreira|
|Dominican Republic||Milagros Leonardo|
|Argentina||Salomé di Iorio|
|China PR||Liang Qin|
|Czech Republic||Jana Adámková|
|United States||Margaret Domka|
All times are local (WET/UTC+0).
|Lárusdóttir 21'||Report||Schelin 2'
Göransson 13', 38'
|Behringer 33' (pen.)||Report|
|Report||Okoyino da Mbabi 24', 31', 65'
|Morgan 21', 82'
|Republic of Ireland||3||0||1||2||1||3||−2||1|
|Republic of Ireland||0–1||Hungary|
|Wales||0–0||Republic of Ireland|
|Vágó 72'||Report||Lander 10', 50'|
|Portugal||2–1||Republic of Ireland|
|Borges 7', 74'||Report||Quinn 29'|
|Hungary||1–2||Republic of Ireland|
|Tálosi 60'||Report||O'Gorman 18'
|Report||Ma Xiaoxu 58'|
|Report||Pedersen 49', 69', 81'|
|Magnúsdóttir 44'||Report||Troelsgaard Nielsen 3', 18'
|Report||Morgan 4', 33', 73'
Okoyino da Mbabi 22', 88', 90+2'
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