International Champions Cup to increase women’s field

The International Champions Cup (ICC) will increase it’s women’s tournament to eight teams for 2019, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.  The tournament which debuted in 2018 with four teams was won by the North Carolina Courage who defeated Lyon in the final held in Miami.

The ICC which reached profitability in 2018 for the first time has hosted an elite summer men’s club tournament since 2013. Relevent Sports, which manages the event, has grown the competition to take place on multiple continents since its inception.  The women’s tournament will again be held in the summer alongside the men’s even in 2019. The Fifa Women’s World Cup is being contested this summer in France which should give Women’s ICC a bump in interest.

“I was just at the Uefa Congress and I have to tell you, and I’m not exaggerating: 20 different teams came to me and said they want to be in the women’s ICC,” Relevent Sports’ executive chairman Charlie Stillitano told the Inquirer.