Fairchild Airforce Base getting ready for Women’s Military International World Cup
SPOKANE, Wash. — After its two-year absence due to the pandemic, the 2022 Women’s Military International World Cup is back!
Spokane’s Fairchild Airforce Base is hosting the tournament this year, and Team USA is excited to play once again, starting tomorrow.
“Some of us are waiting a long time,” First Lieutenant of the U.S. Army Nikiay Comer said. “In 2019, I can’t imagine some people have been waiting for longer. I think tomorrow is the day to put in something that we’ve been practicing.”
Ever since Lieutenant (junior grade) Scotti Culton was young, she has dreamed of playing for Team USA. Now she gets to represent her country as an athlete and military service member.
“I was so incredibly honored just to be a part of Team USA,” Lt. Culton said. “It was always my goal ever since I was a little girl just to wear the USA uniform. Being able to wear the uniform in the military was a double whammy. [I am] just feeling so honored.”
In February, Team USA had its application process with 93 applicants. Months later, 21 players from different military branches were selected to represent their country on the pitch.
“Instead of trying to beat up on each other at tryouts, they are actually trying to gather and communicate,” Colonel Derrick Weyand of the U.S. Air Force and coach of Team USA said. “They are forming a bond for two and a half years because of Covid. This team is special on and off the field, and I don’t think anything will separate us.
Two matches will take place every day at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Team USA’s first matchup is against Belgium at Union Stadium, where all the games will take place.
“So [we will be] just taking every team very seriously,” Lt. Comer said. “We know Belgium has some good talent. We have some good talent, too. It’s going to be a good game. I think we are gonna take every game like that.”
Here is the full schedule of games. The tournament takes place from July 11-22. Stadium gates will be open from 2-9:30 p.m.
July 11 – 3:30 pm USA vs Belgium / 7:00 pm Germany vs Ireland
July 12 – 3:30 pm South Korea vs Canada / 7:00 pm Netherlands vs France
July 13 – 3:30 pm Belgium vs Germany / 7:00 pm Cameroon vs USA
July 14 – 3:30 pm Canada vs Netherlands / 7:00 pm Mali vs South Korea
July 15 – 3:30 pm Ireland vs Cameroon / 7:00 pm Germany vs USA
July 16 – 3:30 pm France vs Mali / 7:00 pm Netherlands vs South Korea
July 17 – 3:30 pm Cameroon vs Germany / 7:00 pm Ireland vs Belgium
July 18 – 3:30 pm Mali vs Netherlands / 7:00 pm France vs Canada
July 19 – 3:30 pm USA vs Ireland / 7:00 pm Belgium vs Cameroon
July 20 – 3:30 pm South Korea vs France / 7:00 pm Canada vs Mali
* Stadium gates open from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm
July 22 – 9:00 am 9th, 7th & 5th Place Final Matches / 12:00 pm Bronze Medal Match / 4:00 pm Gold Medal Match
More information on the tournament can be found HERE.
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